Dale C. VanEss | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

March 7, 1948 - September 26, 2019

Dale C. VanEss was born on March 7, 1948 and passed away peacefully Thursday evening, September 26, 2019.

He spent 40+ years as an over-the-road truck driver, and enjoyed his retirement restoring his favorite pickup, woodworking, and helping out friends and family.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Doris VanEss; and son, Jeremy Shank. He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Ross (Bonnie) VanEss, Shane VanEss, and Tim (Sara) Shank; grandchildren, Devon, Monica, Talon, Nicholas, and Quinn; brother, Ron. sisters, Gloria and Vicki; and many, many friends.

Dale will be cremated, and his ashes spread at sites that have meaning for him. Services are pending.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wounded Warrior Project, or your favorite local charity.


  1. Michele McLane says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are sent to you along with a virtual hug.

  2. Bruce Browning says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear about Dale’s passing Linda. I didn’t know you folks well, except at the Tailgate gathering, but Dale struck me as a wonderful person. I know “the gang” will be missing him.

  3. Kelli Heemsbergen says:

    Linda and family –

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I had the honor of meeting Dale many years ago. A very nice man to be sure. And he was such a good sport one the years in helping us out whenever we had work leftovers (we always sent leftover goodies home with Linda and Dale was kind enough to finish them off for us).

    Thinking of Dale’s family and friends at this difficult time….


  4. Sandra K. Robbins says:

    We always loved seeing Dale! His easy going manner, cute accent and his fun sense of humor made everyone love him. He will be greatly missed by his Mother-in-law, Doris Westerhausen, and his sister-in-law, Sandy Robbins, and his brother-in-law, Dick Robbins.

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