Dale Verdon Wiste, 76, of Austin, Minn., passed from his earthly home, Dec. 6, 2012, and entered into the loving arms of his Savior.

Dale was one of eight children born to the late Arnold and Bernice (Erickson) Wiste of Spring Grove.

As a young man, he moved to Austin, and on April 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Joan Sabanish. Together they raised four children, providing them with a solid and loving family foundation.

On June 16, 1983, he married Bonnie Opsahl.

As a strong, dedicated Norwegian man, Dale took pride in his work. He was employed at Concrete Units, Weyerhauser and Hormel, where he retired in 1985.

Having grown up on a farm, Dale followed his passion by purchasing a hog farm and returned to country living.

Throughout his life, Dale had a deep appreciation for music and enjoyed camping and bluegrass festivals. His family will always remember his beautiful voice.

After his retirement, he gained great satisfaction in serving his church. He enjoyed his nearly daily trips to the Salvation Army, where he developed a kinship with the people he met and found many unique items that his grandchildren treasured and fondly reminisce about to this day.

His passion for animals, especially dogs, led him to volunteer at the Austin Humane Society where he rescued a few faithful companions who provided him with many years of enjoyment.

Time spent with Dale was always entertaining; his sense of humor was something he was known for, and conversations at his home were typically met with his famous iced tea and homemade donuts.

Despite the challenges of Alzheimer's, Dale touched the lives of many people with his smile and maintained his trademark sense of wit and humor all the way to his peaceful passing.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie of Austin; former wife and mother of his four children, Joan (Wayne) Skov of Lyle; children, Roger Wiste of Ninilchik, Alaska, Renae (Dayle) Goskesen of Austin, Raymond (Lilly) Wiste of Plainview, and Rhonda (John) DeVries of Austin; stepdaughters, Cheryl (James) Jensen and Linda Holtan of Austin, Carrie (Harry) Kosuge of Glenville, Pam (Larry) McAlister of Austin and Kathy (Greg) Hulst of Waltham; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; siblings, Orrin (Marlys) Wiste of Stewartville, Dorothy Treangen of Waukon, Iowa, Betsy Sand of Spring Grove, Arnie (Naomi) Wiste of Austin, Lester Vongroven of Spring Grove, and Carmona Wiste of Spring Grove; in-laws, Dale (Shirley) Madison of Brownsdale, Beverly Hanners of Owatonna, Betty (Chet) Daniels of Stewartville, Sandy (Darel) Klingfus of Austin and Barbara Wollenburg of Austin; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a special grandson, Keith Wood; siblings, Arvid Wiste, Ione and Clifford Treangen and Alvina Vongroven; in-laws, George and Catherine Madison, Odell Treangen and Curtis Sand; and a brother-in-law, Harvey Hanners.

Funeral services were Dec. 11 at Crane Community Chapel in Austin with Reverend Dale Christiansen officiating.

Worlein Funeral Home in Austin assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left online at www.worlein.com.