Dale Allan Burns

Benson, Minnesota


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Dale Allan Burns, 66, of Benson, Minn., died Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at his home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service held at Zniewski Funeral Home Chapel in Benson, Minn. at 1:30 pm Monday, July 29, 2019. Interment will be at Swift Falls Cemetery in Camp Lake Township, Swift County, Minn.

Dale Allan Burns was born on October 21, 1952 in Benson, MN and died July 24th, 2019, he was 66 years old. He was baptized at Swift Falls Lutheran Church (now Shepherd of the Hills) and confirmed at Our Redeemers Lutheran Church. He spent a great deal of his childhood on his grandparents’ farm in rural Swift Falls, MN. He was a quiet child and very good sneak, so Uncle Milton gave him the nick name “Pussy Cat” and it stuck with him.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army 1971. He had a variety of jobs in his life and lived in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Florida, Oregon and Minnesota. He married Darlene Stubblefield in 1978, but later divorced. He was a long-haul truck driver and for many years he worked for Health Examinetics Inc. He drove on a majority of the Interstates and highways that crisscrossed the United States, and he made it to every state except Alaska. He enjoyed good conversation and told stories that had good humor. Dale gave up the life on the road and bought a house in Benson and was very helpful to his mother, as he was key to helping her stay in her home. He enjoyed his friends, though he was a very private person, and he was a bit of a prankster. He loved to go to garage sales and was quite the collector, which was a stark contrast to living out of 3 suitcases and duffel bag while on the road for over 20+ years.

He was preceded in death by his father John W. Burns, stepfather Helmer J. Offerdahl, brothers Donald E. Burns and Steven R. Offerdahl, and grandparents.

He is survived by his mother Anna C. Offerdahl, his sister Sharon (Scott) Offerdahl Ketchum, nephews: Sean Paul Burns, Jeff (Sherley Xq) Offerdahl, Matt (Angie) Offerdahl, niece Jennifer (Mike) Offerdahl Anderson, great nephew Shane Burns, great great nephew Daven Burns, and dear friend Marla Forbord.

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Dale was my best friend in CA. He sent many cards for my birthday and Christmas. We talked often by phone. I will miss him very much. He would always tell me how much he cares about me. We had many exciting times. I wish I had talked to him one more time. I talked to him 2 days before he passed away. He was an easy going guy and he showed me how to use an orange peeler!

In loving memory of a wonderful and generous soul now resting with God. Remembering happy times.
Rest in Peace...Darlene, Bret, Marcie and Vera

My husband Don, worked with Dale for many years, & became friends. And that is how I got to know him. Even as his health started to decline, he continued concerned about others, & would check in to see if everyone was doing OK. He will be missed by so many. I hope to always be able to hear his laughter as he told of a latest adventure, usually laughing so hard that he had trouble getting the words out. I like to picture him now, surrounded by his guardian angels, at a campfire,...

Please accept my sympathy in your loss of Dale. We were classmates and I have fond memories of him as we shared classes. I remember him as being good natured and always being true to who he was. Sounds like he continued to live an authentic life on his own terms. What a wonderful life!

Dale and I were good friends for 32 years. He was the definition of a good person and a good friend. He was always willing to help anyone. I have seen him actually give the shirt off his back to a person in need. Dale and I had many adventures, and many of the adventures turned into fun stories to reminisce about later on. I think the happiest and most content I have seen Dale was when he was sitting around a campfire swapping stories with people, and boy did Dale have stories. He would start...