On Sun. Jun 9, 2019, Dale’s long courageous battle with colon cancer ended while surrounded by family at the Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital.
He was born in Castor, Alta. on Oct. 22, 1961 to Richard and Erma Marquart.
Dale grew up and spent all his adult years on the same farm north of town.
In Dale’s youth, he was active in 4-H Beef Club.
He loved working on the family farm, milking cows and helping his dad with chores.
Dale loved to work.
He spent his early years working as a carpenter’s helper and driving truck for Doug Shaw, all while raising and showing purebred Simmental cattle.
He would later have the opportunity to purchase D&L Services from Doug.
Through 22 years of “prompt and efficient” service, Dale built many strong friendships and became known for his unwavering work ethic.
Dale met Denise at church youth group and they married on Nov. 3, 1984.
They started their family in 1989 when Cody was born and went on to have two more children, Jamie and Sonya.
Dale’s passion was water-skiing.
He took pride in taking people to the Castor Reservoir, his hidden gem adjacent to his farm and teaching them how to ski.
You had to be brave to be on a boat with Dale as his athleticism and daredevil nature always made for great entertainment.
He also enjoyed curling, golfing and fishing.
Dale’s strength and selflessness shone through until his final breath.
He will be remembered by his contagious grin and sharp wit, which left our hearts full of fond memories.
He will never be forgotten.
Dale is survived by his loving family: his wife Denise; sons Cody (Karey) and Jamie (Andrea); and daughter Sonya (Chad Bauman).
Dale was expecting his first grandchild this July.
He is also survived by his mother Erma Marquart; brother Darcy (Cassie) Marquart; and sisters Julie (Winston) McFarland and Bonnie (Wallace) McComish; father-in-law Cecil Lewis; brothers-in-law Randy (Marilyn) Lewis and Brent (Dyanna) Lewis; other family and many dear friends.
He is predeceased by his father Richard Marquart and mother-in-law Betty Lewis.
Funeral services were held at Castor Community Hall on Sat., June 15, 2019, with Rev. Grant Sikstrom officiating.
The eulogy was given by Dayna McComish and tributes were presented by J.D. Johnson, Dale Emmett and Bill Weseen.
Gifts of music were provided by Veronica Weber, Kevin and Darlene Sorensen and Darrell Ball as well as the Gracenote Alumni led by Rhonda Sylvester “River in Judea” with Carly Armstrong, Andrea Benoit, Hillary Clarke, Jaycee Davidson, Dacia Gramlick, Thecla Wiart.
The family presented a DVD slideshow.
Dale was laid to rest at Castor Cemetery with honourary pallbearers Doug Shaw, Pete Dubuc, Max Christie, Clifford Weeks, Ewald Steinwand and Brady Flett.
Active pallbearers were J.D. Johnson, Dale Emmett, Bill Weseen, Cory Fuller, Doug Zimmer and Lance Knauft.
Family and friends gathered in the hall for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by Ann Michielsen and staff.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkviewfuneralchapels. com.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Palliative Care or Castor Minor Sports, c/o Box 186, Castor, AB T0C 0X0. Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium who were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements 403-882-3141.