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“I remember Dale and Betty from my church in Hazen when I was still in junior high. I didn't know Dale well, but I know he made an impact on my older...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ashley Hahn

“Our sincere condolences to the Svingen family. Dale sounded like such a great guy who left a huge mark on everyone he met! We know you all have many...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Bev and John Bogatz

“Svingen Family,My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am filled with wonderful memories of your father. There will never be a more cheerful...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Sue Krause Drath

“Rest in peace my brother. Semper Fidelis ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Sergeant Anderson, USMC

“Dear Dale & Betty Svingen Family:Dale and I (Leo) shared childhoods during the tough years of the thirty's, which we nevertheless enjoyed, in the...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Leo & Ginny Marttin

“Dear Betty and family,We are sorry for your loss. Dale was a great guy. Our prayers are with you. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Lawrence and Bertha Scherr

“Betty, Peder, Paul, David, and families, Deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Have many memories of Dale and your families while in Steele. ...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: John Aurit

“Svingen family, my heart goes out to you at this time. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Dale truly was a great person and...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Shirley Brusven

“To all the Swingen family - our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Dad was a very good man who touched many many people in this world. I will...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Pat Schauer

“Donna, David, Evan and Ryan, our hearts are with you during this time. Although I never met your dad, if he was anything like you, he was truly a...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: cheryl branham

“Hi Betty,Durwood OhmBismarck, ND ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Durwood Ohm

“Donna, David, Evan and Ryan, our heart is aching for you and your family. Your father/grandfather was a kind and gentle soul. We can attest to this...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Bruce and Heidi Godke

“So very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Svingen. He was a member of our greatest generation and a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps and will...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Tom Dyer

“Paul & Family, My sympathy & prayers for peace to your family. Thinking of you all. Blessings, Danette Fallgatter Biegler ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Danette Biegler

“Donna & Family- I'm so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Our prayers for comfort and peace are with you. All our love... ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Wendy Mayes

“Dear Dan, Ila, & Girls, I was very saddened to read about your father/grandfather Dale. I didn't know your father, Dan, except through an...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Arlis Waltos

“Our love goes to the extended Svingen family. Dale was a great guy, and an especially wonderful uncle and great uncle. Love from Abby Swingen, Alan...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Abigail Swingen

“My sympathy and condolences to the Svingen family----Betty and Dale have been friends of my parents, Virgil and Alice, for ever! Such awesomely good...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Pausch


Dale C. Svingen, 89, Fargo, ND passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Riverview Place in Fargo. The Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 19 at 10:00 AM at St. John's Catholic Church, Wahpeton, ND. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Vigil. There will also be visitation one hour prior to Mass at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Wahpeton, ND. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton. Dale was born on April 30, 1924 to Peter and Stella (Jones) Svingen in Bottineau, ND. He grew up in Overly, ND and graduated from Overly High School in 1942. Dale enlisted in the US Marine Corps on April 28, 1944 and served on the USS Minneapolis in the Pacific as Captain's Orderly and member of the Marine Security Detachment. He was honorably discharged on April 2, 1946. He returned to North Dakota, attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and received a degree in electrical engineering. Dale was united in marriage to Margaret "Betty" Dietz on December 27, 1950 at St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton. They lived in various communities while Dale was stringing telephone wire around the tri-state area. They then moved to Steele, ND in 1957, where Dale became the Plant Manager and later General Manager of BEK Telephone. In 1978, they moved to Hazen, ND where he served as Manager of West River Telephone until he retired in 1989. In 2006, Dale and Betty moved to Riverview Place, in Fargo, ND. Dale was a natural and skilled leader and served in many capacities including numerous years as Steele School Board President and as a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Along with his community leadership positions, Dale also served as President of the North Dakota Telephone Association for two years. Dale's legacy includes his service to God through the Catholic Church, to country through the Marine Corps, and to his community through volunteer work and a long list of service organizations. He was devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dale worked with his sons to restore his own father's 1925 Model T truck. He loved to dance, especially with his one true love, Betty. He enjoyed music, gardening, woodworking, playing cards, golfing and shooting pool. Dale was generous, loving, and compassionate with his friends and family. He used his computer to share stories, bits of wisdom and life lessons with his grandchildren and others. Check out his YouTube videos!!! For fourteen years after retirement, Dale and Betty spent the winter months in Harlingen, TX and made many good friends. They also enjoyed attending USS Minneapolis Marine Corps detachment reunions. Dale was selected to be on the first Honor Flight from Fargo to visit the WW II Memorial and National Museum of the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. Dale is survived by his beloved wife of more than 62 years, Betty, Fargo, ND; his children, Peder (Susan Barton), Duluth, MN; Paul (Suzann) Mt. Horeb, WI and their children Scotti, Justin (Adrienne), and Davis (Anna); David (Julianne) Omaha, NE and their children, Eric, Kyle, and Leah; Dyan (Chuck) Summers, Fargo, ND and their children, Kellen and Riley; Daniel (Ila), Bismarck, ND and their children, Emily and Elena; Donna (David) Lite, Overland Park, KS and their children, Evan and Ryan; and his four great-grandchildren, Macy, RaeLynn, Ada, and Stella. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Genevieve Whitfield, Sacramento, CA; and his brother, John L. Swingen, Rocky Hill, CT. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, the Svingen family prefers donations to The Nature Conservancy of North Dakota or St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton.