Dale Eugene Kingsnorth, 90, of Sycamore, Illinois, died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Bethany Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb, of bladder cancer.
Born December 29, 1923, in Sycamore, the son, and fourth child, of Wayne and Florence (Tamlyn) Kingsnorth, Dale married Lorraine Caroline Jossendal of Shabbona on April 23, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church, DeKalb. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary the day before his death. The Kingsnorths resided in Sycamore all their married years.
Dale attended Sycamore High School, then served in the US Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. Dale was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the United Methodist Church of Sycamore. He and his wife were volunteers of the Methodist Church food pantry.
Dale was a shipping clerk for Anaconda Wire & Cable for 34 years. He was a bank guard at The National Bank & Trust Co. of Sycamore for 30 years. Many customers remember his smile and greeting when they entered the bank.
Dale spent every summer playing golf at Sycamore Community Golf Course. He achieved every golfer’s dream: a hole in one. Dale turned 90 in 2013, as did the Sycamore golf course. He bowled on leagues and lately bowled at Mardi Gras Bowling Alley with the senior group. He even bowled on his 90th birthday last December. He also loved to fish on Clam Lake and Lake Razorback in Wisconsin each summer. His cousin, Don Coombs, and family usually joined the Kingsnorths for the annual fishing trips.
Dale was an ardent sports fan. He cheered for the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Bulls. He was a regular at Sycamore High School prep games throughout the decades and enjoyed analyzing the games at the local coffee ships with the guys. Dale always had a mystery book in his hand to read and was a fan of Gunsmoke and other classic Western shows and movies. He often said he thought he was born in the wrong century and had a kinship for the Wild West. Dale loved 1940s music and Bing Crosby was his favorite singer. Working in the yard was a favorite pastime as well. He even was seen shoveling snow on the coldest day of the winter this past January.
Dale was a quiet man. However, he loved to be around family and friends. He was very involved with his children and grandchildren, attending every piano recital, school program, soccer game, basketball game, etc. He loved the family holiday traditions, especially his wife’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; daughters, Julie Ann Kingsnorth and Rita (Scott) Kohler; granddaughters, Mary and Katherine Kohler; brother, Orval “Mose” (Sally) Kingsnorth; sister, Lorraine (the late Jim) Hendron of Edgerton, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne in 1966 and Florence in 1979; sister, Beverly in 1977; brothers, Lowell in 1998 and Duane in 2012.
The family thanks Dr. Sajit Bux, urologist, at DeKalb Clinic; Dr. Sabet Siddiqui, oncologist, and staff at Kishwaukee Cancer Care Center, Dr. Timothy Ruetten, the staff at Bethany, and the Kingsnorths’ helpful neighbors for their compassionate care.
Private family graveside service will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore, with full military honors by American Legion, AmVets and VFW.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Dale E. Kingsnorth Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.