Dale Merle Judes, son of Merle and Myrtle (Olson) Judes, was born Feb. 21, 1947, in Sauk Centre. Dale graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1965 and enlisted into the United States Navy. Dale served four years during the Vietnam war aboard the USS America Aircraft Carrier. After the Navy, Dale married Gladys Claude Sept. 6, 1969.
Dale farmed in the Browerville area in the 1980s before Dale and Gladys joined the Peace Corp. They were assigned to Belize, where Dale was the Agricultural Extension Agent for Belize during his two-year assignment. When returning to the U.S., Dale and Gladys returned to farming in the Belgrade area. After retiring in Eagle Bend, Dale and Gladys enjoyed traveling; Dale worked at Menards and volunteered his time with Meals on Wheels in Eagle Bend.
Dale is survived by his mother Myrtle Judes of Sauk Centre; brothers Kenneth (Bonnie) Judes of Gillette, Wyoming, Daniel (Darla) Judes of Sheridan, Wyoming, and Carl (Sandy) Judes of Melrose; sister Carol (Larry) Stuckey of Lancaster, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gladys Judes, father Merle Judes and brother Jeffrey Judes.
A Celebration of Dale’s life will be held later this summer.