Dale Letcher, 79, of Mitchell, SD, died Saturday, May 9, 2020 at his home under the loving care of Avera@Home Hospice in Mitchell. Due to the current COVID precautions, a private, family funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, May 15, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Mitchelll. A livestream of the funeral service can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/mitchell-fumc. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials will be directed to Mitchell Vocational Technical Institute and Avera@Home Hospice. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Dale Letcher was born June 27, 1940 to Christian and Gertrude (Schumacker) Letcher. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1958, and then went on to attend SDSU in Brookings. During this time he joined the Army National Guard 147th Artillery.
Dale married Sheila Wipf on December 9, 1962 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mitchell. The couple had three children; Michael, Bradley, and Laura.
Dale was employed as a surveyor with SPN Consulting and then as a draftsman with Robert Burns Lumber Company. He became employed in 1968 with Mitchell Vo-Tech where he was department head for the Architectural Drafting and Building Construction program. Dale loved his students and made a profound effect on many throughout the years. He retired from teaching in 1997. In his retirement he enjoyed delivering tires for Graham Tire Company, drinking coffee with his Vo-Tech friends, spending time at Burger King, and handing out quarters to children.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila; sons, Michael (Shawna) of Rapid City, and Bradley (Kristi) of Huron; daughter, Laura (David) Bruns of Letcher; and seven wonderful grandchildren, Samantha, Jessica, Mason, McKenna, Rylan, Cooper, and Reed.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Duane (Margaret).