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Dale ‘Timber Dan’ Vander Linden, 85

Dale (Timber Dan) Vander Linden, age 85, of Delano, passed away Monday July 24, 2017.

Memorial services will take place Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Delano United Methodist Church in Delano. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the church from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the service. Inurnment with military honors will be in the Cassel cemetery in Delano.

Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Dale was born April 29, 1932, in Murray, IA, to Guy and Margaret (Fisher) Vander Linden.

He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean War.

Dale was a University of Iowa electrical engineering graduate, long employed in the space program and aerospace industry. Highlights include Gemini and Apollo space programs, personally acquainted with astronauts Ed White, Roger Chaffee, and Gus Grissom; and redesign of space shuttle fuel tanks.

Dale never claimed to be a rocket scientist.

A longtime Delano resident and active community member, Dale was a 48-year member of the Delano American Legion, and instrumental in the Sons of the American Legion omelet breakfast; a 46-year Lions Club member; and served on the July 4th committee; and as a school board member

He was a 56-year member of Toastmasters; a liaison to Boy Scout Troop 273, and instrumental in the pancake breakfast; and Colorado Lions Foundation Humanitarian Award winner (founder of Timber Dan Antique and Collectible Show, 1985).

In 2013, Dale was chosen Delano Citizen of the Year. He served on the Delano planning commission, the park board, and as a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary K.; sons Stephen (JoAnne) Vander Linden, Michael (Cherry) Vander Linden, Bruce (Betty) Vander Linden, Doug (Mary) Vander Linden; brother Pete Vander Linden; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Katie Vander Linden; and brothers Marvin, Richard, Ern, Don, Herman, Keith and Lee.

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