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Dale Tjaden

Dale Tjaden of Floyd County, Iowa, passed away peacefully the morning of March 11, 2024 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City, Iowa. He was 88 years old, born March 9, 1936. Dale was the son of Louis and Vera (Hobert) Tjaden of Floyd, Iowa.

Dale Tjaden
Dale Tjaden

An open house memorial gathering for Dale will be held at the Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City on Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 5-7 p.m. We plan to have an informal sharing of stories around 6 p.m.

Dale graduated from Floyd High School in 1955 and shortly afterwards started work at the Oliver Plant in Charles City where he worked until the plant closing in 1993 except for the time served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. Dale became an MP in the service and served overseas.

Dale purchased the farm from his parents and continued farming while still working at White Farm.

Dale was careful and reserved in his personal life. Though he would, at times, show up on a Friday evening after work and socialize a bit at the local bar with his fellow Oliver workers. Dale was known to have at most one beer, politely excuse himself early, and head back to the farm.

In his later years, however, Dale let his guard down a bit. He enjoyed spending time at Dugans and the Floyd Truck Stop in Floyd to chat with friends over coffee. Dale thoroughly enjoyed going to town, farm sales, and visiting with friends.

Dale lived alone on his farm until the last few months of his life, at which point he moved into the Apple Valley Assisted Living in Charles City, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his two older brothers: Gerald and Norman, who lived in Twin Falls, Idaho and Seattle, Washington respectively.

Those surviving include his closest relatives, two nephews (Norman’s sons):  Per and Sten Tjaden, who currently live in Seattle, Washington and Eureka, California; along with many cousins.

Dale was one of a kind and will be dearly missed by all of those who had the good fortune to know him.

Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall for the family at

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