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Dale M. Kelchen, age 77, of Dubuque, Iowa, was called home suddenly at 9:24 p.m., on Monday, January 30, 2017, at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Dale's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, February 3, 2017, at St. Joseph Church, 10270 Key West Drive, with Rev. Rodney M. Allers officiating. To celebrate Dale's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where there will be a parish scripture wake service held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the Dubuque Marine Corps League.

Dale was born on November 11, 1939, in Monticello, Iowa, son of Alvin Herman and Marguerite Mary (Carney) Kelchen.

Dale was born in Monticello, but was raised in the Cascade and Sherrill areas before eventually moving to Dubuque. In the early 1960's, Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he would honorably and proudly serve his country. Dale was a committed worker who diligently put his talents to use at the Dubuque Pack and also in the maintenance department at Eagle Window and Door. Dale would unfortunately move into early retirement, much sooner than he desired, due to serious health issues. Before his stroke, Dale enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors; whether he was working the farm, tinkering on the tractors, or just simply enjoying the peace and serenity of a nice sunny day. He was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan, but also enjoyed watching some of his favorite classic western movies. Dale was also a consummate animal lover who had an especially soft spot in his heart for his four-legged canines. His greatest joy throughout his earthly journey, however, was found in the time he would be blessed to spend with his only son, Kevin, and his beautiful family. We are deeply saddened by Dale's sudden passing, but find solemn moments of comfort in knowing that he now rests in eternal peace, free from the struggles he has faced these past years. Well done thy good and faithful servant.

Those left to cherish Dale's memory include

his son,
Kevin Martin (Molly Kathleen) Kelchen, Dubuque, IA;

his granddaughter,
Natalie Renee Kelchen, Dubuque, IA;

his siblings,
James Alvin Kelchen, Sherrill, IA,
Mary Lucille Kelchen-Bruggeman, Dubuque, IA,
Alverna M. (Darrell) Besler, Dubuque, IA
and Rosemary Marie (Samuel) Boughner, What Cheer, IA;

his former wife,
Deborah Joan Kretz, Dubuque, IA;

and several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patricia Ann Schmidt; and a brother, Jerome George Kelchen.

A Dale M. Kelchen memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

Dale's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of ManorCare for all of the care and support they have provided to Dale and his family.