October 18, 2016


Dale Keith Onken, 64, of Carroll, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Wagner officiating.  Organist for the service will be Ed Ludwig, and the congregation will sing “Lift High the Cross,” “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Beautiful Savior.”  Casket bearers will be Dale’s nieces and nephews. Burial will be at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery near Lidderdale.

Friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday at Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.

Born May 30, 1952, in Carroll, Iowa, he was a son of Laverdos and Agnes (Helmkamp) Onken.  Dale grew up on his family’s farm north of Carroll and attended Immanuel Lutheran School as a boy.  He graduated from Carroll High School in 1970 and Iowa State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy.  Dale worked at Farmer’s Co-op in Glidden from 1975-2007 as an agronomist and custom applicator.  He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lidderdale where he was baptized on June 15, 1952, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on April 3, 1966.  He served as the church treasurer for many years.  

Dale was passionate about farming and agriculture. Following his father’s death, Dale took over management of the family farm. He enjoyed antique tractors, the Iowa State Cyclones, following his nieces’ and nephews’ activities, and videotaping family events. Dale will always be remembered for his positive attitude as he courageously took on diabetes, a kidney transplant, loss of his feet, lymphoma and the gradual loss of his eyesight.

Dale is survived by his mother, Agnes Onken, of Carroll; sister, Sharon von Qualen (Ralph), of Carroll; two brothers: Daniel Onken (Cathy) of Carroll and Duane Onken (Brenda) of Jefferson; his nieces and nephews: Freida von Qualen of St. Paul, Minnesota, Nathan Onken (Keli) of Cedar Rapids, Rachel O’Polka (Joel) of Lone Tree, Iowa, Emily von Qualen of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Peter von Qualen (Megan) of New Orleans, Louisiana, Wesley Onken of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Abbey Onken of Independence, Missouri, and Hannah Onken of Jefferson, Iowa; two great-nieces: Maggie Onken and Cailyn O’Polka; and one great-nephew Kaleb Onken.

Dale was preceded in death by his brother David, in infancy; and his father, Laverdos Onken, in 1999.