Dale Stuart Melhouse, age 63 of rural Goodhue, passed away at his home on Friday, June 13, 2014, under the care of hospice and his family.
Dale Stuart Melhouse was Born November 7, 1950 in Red Wing, the son of Alva Burton Melhouse and Carol Ruth (Edstrom) Melhouse. He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1968 and went to serve with the Army Reserves for six years.
He was a John Deere mechanic in Cannon Falls and Wanamingo for five years. Dale enjoyed farming most all of his life in the Belle Creek Township area.
He married Judith Schneider on September 7, 1974. She brought four children to this marriage, Joanie, Janet, Jeanna and Jim and they also had two children together, Christine and Jason. They later divorced. Dale was married to Cheryl Coleman on January 27, 1995 in Red Wing. She brought two sons to this marriage, Christopher and Randall.
Dale was a life-time member of Spring Garden Lutheran Church and also the Cannon Golf Club with whom he enjoyed many golfing trips to Laughlin, NV. He also enjoyed fishing, and had many fly-ins to Canada and enjoyed numerous vacation trips with Cheryl.
Dale is survived by his wife, Cheryl; children, Christine (Scott) Collins of Goodhue and Jason (Sherri) Melhouse of Goodhue; seven grandchildren, Abigail, Makenna and Josephine Collins, Preston and Aurora Udenberg, Dylan and Emma Udenberg; step children, Christopher (Nicole) Udenberg of Wanamingo, Randall Udenberg of Wanamingo, Janet (Rodney) Heckman of St. Paul, Jeanna Olson of Shakopee, and Jim Olson of Farmington; step-grandchildren, Josh, Rachel, Emily, David, Steven, Anne-Marie, Caitlin, Annika and Garrett; brother, Paul Melhouse of Cannon Falls; sister, Laurel (David) Kuplic of Bloomington; father-in-law, Darrell Nelson Coleman Sr. of Two Harbors; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.
He is preceded in death by parents, Alva and Carol Melhouse; step-daughter, Joanie Gipson and step-daughter-in-law, Kristie Olson.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Spring Garden Lutheran Church, 10239 County 1 Blvd, Cannon Falls. Interment was in the church cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Spring Garden Lutheran Church or Wounded Warrior Project.