Dale Aldon Landstrom, of Nokomis, SK, passed away on December 25, 2019 at the age of 73 years. His passing occurred at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon with family by his side.
Dale was born on September 27, 1946 in Regina, SK to Alvin and Ida Landstrom. Dale was the only boy in a family of sisters, Laverne, Bonnie, and Wendy, as well as a sister, Karen, who passed shortly after birth. The family lived on a farm outside of Govan, SK. As a young man, Dale was both protective of, and liked to tease, his sisters. He played baseball and learned to play the guitar. He was very handy and did odd jobs around town, leaving his mark on many of the rooves and sidewalks in Govan.
Dale had a number of passions in life – high among these were fishing, farming, friends and family.
He was never happier than when he was fishing at Whelan Bay – whether in the sun or on the ice. He was an avid fly fisher and spent many hours tying his own flies. He tried to get out on the lake with his brothers-in-law as often as he could.
As for work, Dale always said that if he could choose to do anything for a career, it would be farming. He took over the family farm and enjoyed many years there. He also had a variety of other careers that highlighted his many skills and took him many places, including Lampman, Nokomis, northern Saskatchewan, and Vancouver Island, to name a few. He got his Journeyman certificate in carpentry and had his own business “Lansco”. Although he could build almost anything, his favourite project was cabinetry. Many of his pieces will be cherished for years to come by his family members and community. He also worked as a welder and a semi-truck driver.
No matter where he went, Dale was always surrounded by good friends and built many strong and long-lasting friendships along the way. You could often find him sitting around a kitchen table or a campfire sharing stories with his friends and neighbours. He took up quadding later in life and enjoyed many group adventures on the trail. He was always good at keeping in touch with his friends wherever they were – either in person, by telephone or over Facebook.
But the most important thing to Dale was family. In addition to his parents and sisters, he had numerous cousins, nieces and nephews that he loved to spend time with. Dale was a jokester and could usually be heard telling the same old jokes and one-liners.
Dale had two marriages that brought him four children – Joleen (Alain), Loni, Marci (Lyndon) and Chad (Brittney). He also had six grandchildren – Persia, Mateen, Kennedy, London, Sebastian and Oscar. His children and grandchildren were his greatest passion and, usually, his main topic of conversation. Dale moved to Nokomis in 2009, which allowed him to spend more time with his family, including a sister, brother-in-law, his mother and three of his children who live in Saskatoon. He became proficient at email and Skype so he could be in regular contact with a daughter and two grandchildren in Australia. Dale was also a dog-lover and had two other “babies” in his family over the years who held a special place in his heart – Duchess and Dakota.
When Dale wasn’t fishing, farming or spending time with his friends and family, he had a number of other hobbies, including gardening, cooking, canning, sharpening knives, and listening to music (particularly ABBA and old country songs). He loved to share his favourite recipes, tips, tricks and favourite songs.
Dale touched many lives and will be forever loved and dearly missed. A celebration of his life was held at Nokomis Centennial Hall in Nokomis, SK on Monday, December 30, 2019. His family sends thanks and gratitude to all those who attended and to those who brought food, cards, flowers and condolences. We are also thankful to all those who could not be there, but called Dale a friend and will keep him in their hearts. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Olaf Pioneer Cemetery (c/o Karen Lee, P.O. Box 272, Nokomis, SK S0G 3R0).
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