June 24, 1928 – July 30, 2014
Dale L. Klauss, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and longtime Des Moines area resident, passed on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Mill Pond Retirement Community Center, in Ankeny, Iowa at the age of 86. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 4, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 4114 Allison Avenue in Des Moines. Entombment will take place at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.
Dale was born on June 24, 1928 in Glenshaw, PA, to Louis Hunt and Charlotte (Baer) Klauss. He was an Army veteran during the Korean War. Dale met the love of his life, Joan A. Ball while they were both attending Hanover College in Hanover Indiana. They were united in marriage on June 21, 1952 in Indianapolis, IN, soon after graduation. In 1964, they moved to the Des Moines area, where they made their home. Dale was a 50-year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, of which he served as usher and Past Treasurer. He was also Past Treasurer of Des Moines Public Schools. A 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason; Dale was a member of Acanthus Lodge 632; served as Past Potentate of the Des Moines Za-Ga-Zig Temple in 1973; and also served as Grand Treasurer of Grand Lodge of Iowa from 1980-1981. He was also a member of Royal Order of Jesters, of which Dale served as Past Director. He was the ringmaster for the Des Moines Shrine Circus from 1980-1984, under the name of Colonel Dale Kaye. Dale was well known throughout his long life as the voice of Des Moines, as he announced for the Music Under The Stars and the All Iowa Veterans’ Band for more than 25 years. Dale and Joan were always community minded and could never say, “no”.
As a gifted woodworker; Dale enjoyed countless hours in his workshop building requests from family, everything from picture frames to furniture. Dale and Joan loved to travel, spending time together and being with family. There were also many family vacations. Dale’s family and friends were the ‘light of his life’, he never knew a stranger! He was a wonderful loving, caring and devoted husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend; Dale will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Joan Klauss of Ankeny; two daughters, Sherry (Chris) Paul of Johnston and Linda (Rod) Blanchard of Oskaloosa, IA; sister, Ruth Leckey of Glenshaw, PA; four grandchildren, Brad (Sarah) Paul of Des Moines, Carley (Neal) Cutkomp of North Liberty, IA, and Austin and Keely Blanchard both of Oskaloosa; one great-granddaughter, Chloe; and a host of extended family members and many friends. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Paul Leckey; and three step grandsons, Brent, Christopher and Darin Blanchard.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, at Iles Westover Chapel in Des Moines, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m.
In agreement with Dale’s wishes, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contributions be made in Dale Klauss’ name to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2025 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES ~ WESTOVER CHAPEL.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Westover Chapel 6337 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com