Obituary: Dale Wiese


Master Sergeant (Ret.) Dale E. Wiese passed away on Nov. 1, 2021, at Genesis East Medical Center, after an extended illness. Visitation was at Chambers Funeral Home, Eldridge, on Friday, Nov. 5, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10-11 a.m.  Services followed at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Wiese was born on the family farm near Donahue Sept. 7, 1932, to Elmer and Leah (Hesse) Wiese. He was the oldest of six children. Dale farmed with his father until 1952 when he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Dale married Peggy Jean Britton of Dixon on June 6, 1954. They were happily married for 60 years until she passed on Feb. 5, 2015. They will be buried together at Rock Island National Cemetery. 

He served in the Air Force for 20 years, serving tours around the world. He was an aircraft crew chief on B-47 bombers, an instructor, and finally a command-and-control specialist. After retiring, Dale was an insurance agent and truck driver. He loved woodworking, Hereford cattle, and model railroading, but mostly, he loved his family. He belonged to the American Legion, the Retired Enlisted Association, and was a lifelong member of the Handyman Club of America.

Dale is survived by his children, Douglas of Wheatland, Pamela of Mt. Joy, Dean (Deb) of Rock Island, and Jennifer (David) Lineback of Eldridge; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Merle (Dianna) of Eldridge, Gary of Donahue, and Jerry of Council Bluffs; sisters-in-law, Joyce Corken of Davenport, and Barb Wiebel of Wheatland; and very good friend, Doris Smith of Kirksville, Mo. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy; parents and in-laws; daughter-in-law, Tonya Wiese; sister, Carole Stuhr; brother, Eldon Wiese; and brother-in-law, Joe Corken.

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