Dale Wavra Obituary, Death – Dale Allen Wavra, known affectionately as Wavradale, peacefully passed away at his home in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, on Saturday, July 1, 2023.
Born on August 26, 1952, to Vern and Arlene Wavra in Crookston, MN, Dale, age 70, was the eldest of seven siblings and a pillar of strength for his family. His journey through life was marked by dedication, love, and a zest for adventure.
Dale’s educational path took him to St. Joseph Elementary School and Lafayette High School in Red Lake Falls, MN. He further pursued his passion for mechanics at Moorhead Technical College, where he obtained his degree and embarked on a successful career as a diesel mechanic for NSP in Fargo. For 35 years, Dale diligently served NSP, leaving an indelible mark on the company before his well-deserved retirement in 2008.
Beyond his professional achievements, Dale embraced community service as a volunteer firefighter in Dilworth for two decades. Many joyful memories and laughter-filled tales were shared during his time at the fire hall, where camaraderie and a commitment to public safety prevailed.
In 1973, Dale met the love of his life, Patrice Docken, during his time at Moorhead Tech. They exchanged vows on October 6, marking the beginning of a beautiful journey together.
Dale and Patrice lovingly raised three children: Brent, Jennifer, and Haley, who were the center of his world. He instilled in them a deep appreciation for the great outdoors through family camping trips, hunting expeditions, and fishing adventures.
The family hunting shack near Erskine became a cherished sanctuary, filled with laughter, stories, and cherished moments shared with extended family.
Retirement introduced Dale to the art of wood carving, a creative outlet that brought him immense joy and fulfillment. His talent and dedication flourished as he meticulously carved figurines, boxes, and knick-knacks.
Dale’s membership in the wood carvers club at the DLCCC provided him with lasting friendships and opportunities to showcase his artistry at various exhibitions.
Dale leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. He is survived by his devoted wife, Pat, and their children: Brent (Jenel) Wavra, Jennifer (Jon) Chisholm, and Haley (Brady) Krchnavy.
His love extends to his 11 grandchildren, who brought him immeasurable joy. Dale is also survived by his brothers: Mike (Cindi) Wavra, Dan (Lori) Wavra, Joel (Chris) Wavra, and sisters: RaeAnn (Richard) Lynne and Jane (Steve) Thibert.
Additionally, he leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Arlene Wavra, his parents-in-law, Maynard and Louise Docken, and his infant brother, Brian Wavra.
A remarkable celebration of Dale’s life was held, where he had the opportunity to bid farewell to his loved ones. In the future, a private burial will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Frazee, MN, allowing his family to find solace and reflect on cherished memories in a serene setting.
May Dale Allen Wavra’s soul find eternal peace as his loved ones carry his memory in their hearts forever.