Bormann, age 90, went to his heavenly home July 10, 2023 following hospice care
at Aurora-Brule Nursing Home in White Lake, SD. Funeral service will be
Thursday, July 13, 2023 at 10:30 am at St. John’s Lutheran Hillside Church, with
burial to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Blooming Valley Cemetery, rural Corsica,
Dale was born June
25, 1933 at the family farm in rural Corsica, SD, to Walter and Bertha (Titze)
Bormann. He graduated 8th grade from rural Beulah School near his home, as did
his father and four siblings. Dale served in the US Army from 1952-55, being
stationed in Munich, Germany, where he was Survey Chief for the 280 caliber
atomic cannon. Upon returning home, Dale farmed, as well as being Manager of the
Corsica Sale Barn, as “he knew people and he knew cattle”.
On June 20, 1958,
Dale married Donna Mae Van Ekeren in the Corsica Christian Reformed Church. A
son, Mark Alan, was born February 10, 1961, and he was the light of his parents’
life. Tragically, he died as a result of a car accident on August 21, 2002.
Dale’s wife, Donna Mae, passed away on May 19, 2022.
Dale was a member
of St. John’s Lutheran Blooming Valley Church, where he served as a Deacon and
Trustee. He was also the Blooming Valley Cemetery Sexton from 1982-2023, where
he diligently cared for and oversaw all cemetery records, organized each
Memorial Day Service, placed flags on all veteran’s graves, and made sure there
were flowers on old graves and graves that had no visiting family. Dale was
instrumental in planning, designing, and securing the Blooming Valley Cemetery
Memorial Monument, which was dedicated May 30, 2021, honoring 116 original
pioneers and 53 veterans of Blooming Valley Church.
Dale was an avid
genealogist, always searching for information on his ancestry. He spent many
years collecting old photos and information, and had traced his family back to
1760 in Obernbeck, Germany. His accumulated boxes of information are a treasure
trove for ancestry lovers.
Dale also loved
gardening, and for many years he maintained gardens at both his farm acreage and
his home in town. He liked to share his vegetables with others, with tomatoes
being his specialty, and he especially enjoyed canning with his good friend,
Allan Van Roekel.
children, and although he didn’t have grandchildren of his own, he was always
interested in hearing about and seeing photos of others. He made it a point to
keep up-to-date on his nieces and nephews, their children and their
grandchildren, always saying “that’s what life is all about”.
having shared his life are his sister, Mardell (Bormann) Dockendorf; 19 nephews
and nieces, 35 great-nephews and nieces, 37 great-great nephews and nieces,
cousin Deon Stredde, brother-in-law Gordon (Mary Lou) Kredit, along with some
very good friends who have stood by him and helped him through the years.
He was preceded in
death by his parents, Walter and Bertha Bormann; wife, Donna Mae; son, Mark;
siblings and in-laws: Donald W. and Bernice Borman, Beverly and Gilbert Bamberg,
Delmar and Eunice Bormann, Dale Dockendorf; parents-in-law, John and Hilda Van
Ekeren; sister-in-law, Doris (Van Ekeren) Kredit; cousin John Orlon Ruff.