Dale Letcher


June 27, 1940 - May 9, 2020


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). 




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Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Jay Swenson on June 4, 2020
my condolences to his family, all the positive energy for you family as you recover from his loss, Dale was my teacher at Mitchell Vo-tech in 1988-89 year, he was great teacher, man and friend
Posted by Lynn TerMeer on May 17, 2020
Shieila ,,Kiids & GRANDCHHILDREN ,,,,;;;;Your all in my Thoughts & Prayers,,,,, I can remember Sheila you telling me differemt things & we would laugh,,BUT the one I liked best is ,,,,You telling me he always forgot the water hose ,,, I still laugh when I think of it...๐Ÿฆ‹ Sending Hugs to all of you.โค๏ธ Heaven has gained a HERO ๐Ÿ™
Posted by Ann Brink on May 16, 2020
So very sorry for your loss, Sheila
Posted by Laurie Wold Doherty on May 15, 2020
Sheila and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Sincere condolences.
Posted by Jeanette Baas Schroeder on May 15, 2020
Oh Sheila and family. What a beautiful service Pastor Keith had for you. It was beautiful and it was Dale over and over. Mike you did a fabulous job. Prayers are with you my dear friend.
Posted by Marie North Kurth on May 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Hugs and Prayers
Posted by Davy Uecker on May 15, 2020
Shelia so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Carol Adams on May 15, 2020
My prayers go out to you, Sheila, and your family. I just finished watching the video of Dales' funeral. Hearing Mike talk about placing vs. pouring concrete brought back a memory I have of Dale. When I started teaching at Mitchell Tech in 1979, I was young and knew nothing about construction. I remember that I made a comment about "pouring cement." Dale very quickly taught me the difference between cement and concrete! Every time he saw me during the next few days, he would ask me if I knew the difference between cement and concrete! I do now!
Also.... at my 60th birthday party, Dale showed up with an old Mitchell Vo-Tech annual... for the sole purpose of teasing me with some awful pictures of me. He was such a card. I thought the world of him. I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Ken bruns on May 15, 2020
I was so glad the funeral was streamed. Iโ€™ve known Dale for 25 years, he always liked to visit about the National Guard Iโ€™m going to miss our visits about our past. God bless Sheila and Family
Posted by Rick Beardsley on May 15, 2020
Prayers to the entire Letcher Family in your loss of Dale. I remember Dale working part time at Randall Foods in the meat department stocking lunch meats. and when Dale taught at Vo -Tech. also working with Brad and Mike at Randall Foods. RIP Dale
Posted by Jean Snyder on May 15, 2020
Dale will be missed. Beautiful service. Love, hugs and prayers for all of the family.
Posted by Peggy Pearson on May 15, 2020
So very sorry for you, Sheila, as well as your Entire family. May God give you peace in the days ahead. ๐Ÿ™
Posted by Lynn & Ronda Barta on May 14, 2020
Our condolences to your loss of Dale... Great memories of him coming into Randall Food's having breakfast with the guys and he was always a jokester...he had a great sense of humor....we also enjoyed Mike and Brad working at the store too.... what a great family and our thoughts and prayers ๐Ÿ™ go out to Sheila and family... Take care!!!
Posted by Jennifer Goodman on May 14, 2020
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers and love to Sheila and family.
Posted by Kay Schoenfelder on May 14, 2020
Sending sympathy and prayers for loss of Dale. Sending Love to
Shelia and family
Posted by Carol Wipf on May 14, 2020
My thoughts & prayers to my dear sister, and her family.I love you all dearly. โค
Posted by Larry & Mary Crane on May 13, 2020
Dear Sheila & Family,
Sorry to hear of the passing of Dale. He will be missed in our church. Always loved the stories Sheila told about Dale.
Your friend
Larry & Mary
Posted by Duane wagner on May 13, 2020
Thoughts and prayers for the family. Dale was a good guy, I have many memories of him.
Posted by Mary Lou Tollefson on May 13, 2020
So sorry to hear about Dale!! My heart goes out to each of you. He was a very kind man & a friend.to everybody he met!! Two of my G-kids were lucky to have met him at B-King & couldnโ€™t believe how he shared quarters with all the kids, whether he knew them or not!! He knew how to put a smile on your face & happiness in your heart & he will be missed by many!!๐Ÿ’•
Posted by Jeff Senst on May 13, 2020
Brad and family. So sorry to hear of Daleโ€™s passing. Will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Marty & Marilyn Pemrick on May 13, 2020
Sorry to hear of Dale's passing. He was my teacher in 1968 & and later a fellow Vo-Tech instructor. Thoughts & prayers to Shiela & family.
Posted by Jerry Luckett on May 13, 2020
Sending thoughts and prayers for your entire family!. Cherish the memories as they are God's gift to us. My mother enjoyed every day she lived beside you and enjoyed her visits with Dale. God Bless
Posted by Gerri Saenz on May 13, 2020
My condolences to Sheila and family. He will be missed. Every timeI I stopped to see Sheila he always remembered who I was, even if it was only once a year. I can still see him coming from the outdoors and checking the thermostat.
Prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Jennifer Smith Ditmarsch on May 13, 2020
My condolences to Sheila, Mike, Brad, Laura and your families. Dale always had a big smile and was quick to make you laugh. Hold on to those wonderful memories and carry on his legacy.
Posted by Andrea Matica on May 13, 2020
You have my deepest sympathy. What a beautiful family and joyful life to remember him by.
Posted by Mark Peterson on May 13, 2020
Prayer's going out to your family. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Ken and Kathryn Bruns on May 13, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to Shiela and family. You will meet again in heaven.
Posted by Rodney Shawd on May 13, 2020
Prayer's to all of you.
Posted by Lydia & Jerry Brink on May 13, 2020
May god give your all peace and strength with your loss. His love and grace to remember all the love and memories you shared as a family. We are sorry for your loss.
Posted by Doug & Sina Glover on May 13, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May the memories of all the fun times quickly fill the hole in your hearts.
Posted by Jeanice and Gary Korzan on May 13, 2020
Laura, Brad and whole family. So sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort in this difficult time.
Posted by Marlene Warnke on May 13, 2020
Thoughts and Prayers to Sheila and family.
Posted by Leimomi russell on May 13, 2020
Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family
Posted by Carol Wipf on May 13, 2020
Lots of memories. Dale was a good husband & Father, but he had that sense of humor that came out at any moment! He is the only person I have ever known who shares my birthday! He will be missed by all. Big hugs to my sister, Sheila. Love to her & the family. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Posted by Kathy Mentele on May 12, 2020
Oh , so many memories of Dale through 59 years. ....fun times. Will miss that sense of humor. Sheila, kids and grandkids.....he really loved you all. My prayers for all of you.
Posted by Diane moke on May 12, 2020
I remember the days when Laura was one of my gymnasts and Dale was such a character. I always thought Dale as nd Sheila were the perfect match. When I moved back I often ran into hime at burger king smuggling in his donut to have with his coffee. Enjoy the memories. He loved you all so much. Love and sympathies..
Posted by Jan Quenzer on May 12, 2020
Dale could be such a character. He will be missed, but heaven rejoices. My love and sympathy to you Sheila and family.
Posted by Ila mebius on May 12, 2020
So sorry for your loss shiela and family
He was a great man
Posted by Eric Mentele on May 12, 2020
I have known your family for as long as I can remember. I have so many memories of each of you; yours was my second family. I have grown to love all of you and my heart hurts for you at this time. I so enjoyed his sense of humor. Continued prayers for all of you.
Posted by Karen Rang on May 12, 2020
Sheila and family, my thoughts are with you. I remember Dale always from the cancer center group and meeting up with him to say "hi" at Coborns. Prayers and blessings to you.
Posted by Gil and Betty Wipf on May 12, 2020
Our love to you all.
Posted by Lisa Mathis on May 12, 2020
Sheila and family,
So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Barb Goldammer on May 12, 2020
Laura, I am sorry for the loss of your dad! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!๐Ÿ˜“
Posted by Mark Mc Mahon on May 12, 2020
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Letcher family. Dale was a teacher, friend and great guy all around. Hugs to Shelia, Mike,Brad, Laura and families. Wonderful memories of Dale and his family. Rest in peace!
Posted by Ella Wilgers Kassube on May 12, 2020
Prayers for all of you. Dale was a very kind man.
Posted by Terry and Judy Timmins on May 12, 2020
Iโ€™m so sorry to hear about Dale.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Sheila and your family.
Posted by Colleen Helling on May 12, 2020
Shelia so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Allen Loecker on May 12, 2020
Spent lots of hours at MTI with him. One of the best human beings God ever made Prayers to the family

Spent many of hours with him starting in 1970 and thought the world of him. One of the nicest human being God ever made. Will be greatly missed by many Blessings to the family.
Posted by Velma Scott on May 12, 2020
So sorry for your loss Sheila. Sympathy to you and your family.
Posted by Marvin and Irma Zimmerman on May 12, 2020
Dale always had a smile on his face and a spring in his step!! Will sure miss seeing him at coffee and around town for a chat. May God walk with you in your time of loss, Sheila and family!
Posted by Betty Sieler on May 12, 2020
He will be missed. Prayers to Sheila and family
Posted by Myron grosz on May 12, 2020
Great guy to work with
Posted by Laurie Kenworthy on May 12, 2020
Dale was one of the good old guys!! We will miss his smiling face at MTI. Prayers and Sympathy to the family.
Posted by Dave Epp on May 12, 2020
I knew since going to VoTech back in the early '70's. It was always great to see him at County Fair Food N Fuel. He always had a smile and was always questioning me why I wasn't working. One of the best teachers I had.
Posted by Lloyd and Darlene Lueken on May 12, 2020
On our many trips back to Mitchell I would have coffee with Dale. We were friends for many years. Our condolences to Sheila and family.
Posted by Carmen Neugebauer on May 11, 2020
Will miss Dale.....was great to work with him for so many years and to call him a friend.
Posted by Doyle Crane on May 11, 2020
Dale was more than just a teacher at Vo-tech but a friend too.
Posted by Cheryl Graves on May 11, 2020
Mr. Dale was always such a kind friend to my granddaughters when we would see him at Burger King. Their piggy banks are full of his quarters. Thanks for sharing him with us.
Posted by Emily Bickett on May 11, 2020
Dale was a tease. Always called me "the old lady" cause I was a couple months older than him. Super great guy. Prayers to Sheila and family. God Bless.
Posted by Sheryl Plagmann on May 11, 2020
We will miss his visits at MTI. He always liked to tease us about how we weren't working very hard!
My condolences.
Posted by Bob Preston on May 11, 2020
Prayers to Daleโ€™s family
Posted by Nancy Kelly on May 11, 2020
Hugs & prayers Sheila & family!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
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