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Dale Howard Flom, 84, Stanley, ND formerly Lakota, ND, passed away on August 25, 2023 at Mountrail Bethel Home, Stanley.
Dale Howard Flom was born April 21, 1939 to Maynard and Birdella (Gargrave) Flom in Michigan ND. He grew up and attended school, graduating from Michigan High School in 1958. He married Ardis Hendrickson and they moved to Pacific, Washington where their three children were born. Dale worked for Boeing until moving back to his home town of Michigan and opened the A&D cafe, which they ran for many years. Dale was involved in the community being a cub scout leader, city auditor and volunteering with Michigan ambulance. Dale eventually sold the cafe and worked at various jobs before being hired at Michigan Implement where he worked at the parts counter for thirty-four years. Dale was married to Mary Jane Johnson (Loften), moving to Lakota helping in her store. They enjoyed many trips together with family and friends. Mary Jane passed away 1998. Dale then married Sandy Knetter (Broe). They lived in Lakota and were active in the church and community, enjoying family, especially their grandchildren. Dale moved into Mountrail Bethel Home March 2022 due to advancing Parkinsons disease to be near his daughter, yet he was able to FaceTime Sandy almost every day and was admired by the staff and residents for his good-natured and caring disposition.
Dale was quick to share many Ole and Lena jokes and did a great job using his Norwegian accent. He was proud of family as well as his Norwegian heritage. He and his brother Marv were in charge of the family reunions in which they made sure everyone had a great time. Family really was most important to him, he loved to grill and cook when together. He always had a smile, collected John Deere items and coins for the grandkids, always kept a detailed travel schedule, and never forgot a birthday or anniversary card to his family.
He was hard working, enjoyed “happy hour,” and golfing was his favorite sport. He loved unconditionally and had a positive outlook on life.
Dale is survived by his wife, Sandy Flom, Rugby ND; brother, Marv (Susan) Flom, Denver CO; children, Tim Flom, Lakota, Dennis (Sandy) Flom, Lehigh Acres, FL and Carolyn (Scott) Stammen, Stanley ND; step children, Antone (Ana) Knetter, Zaragoza, Spain, John (Dahrys) Knetter, Hampton, MN, Kathleen Murray, Fessenden, ND, and Jennifer Knetter, Selz ND, Donna Clauson, Lakota, Dan (Melody) Johnson, Grand Forks, ND, Rendina Johnson, Grand Forks, and Jason Johnson, Grand Forks; grandchildren, Christopher (Jodi) Sherve, Tanner Flom, Taylin (Cameron) Flom, Caleb Stammen, Diego Knetter, Cristina Knetter, Kate Knetter, Damian Whitehorse, Dellasandro Brandt, Cassandra (Preston) Sundeen, Dereck (Jodine) Clauson, Brandon (Tina) Johnson, Chris Johnson, Rachel (Matt) Berosik, Corina (Jarrod) Wolfe, Kayle (Caitlin) Longtine, Drake Johnson, and Jack Johnson; and 14 great grandchildren.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Ruth Rainsberry and Barbara Pic; his wife, Mary Jane; grandsons, Drake Rainey, Johnny Knetter, and Levi Stammen; and son-in-law, Paul Murray.
The Memorial Service for Dale will be held at Lakota Lutheran Church, Lakota, ND, on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Lakota Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Aaker Funeral Home of Lakota on Friday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Lakota Lutheran Church, Lakota Cemetery, or donor's choice.