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Dale Griffey 01/10/2020

Dale Griffey 01/10/2020

Dale M. Griffey, age 70, went to be with the Lord on January 10, 2020 after suffering from glioblastoma. Dale was born on August 20, 1949 in River Falls to Gordon and Virginia (Biller) Griffey. He graduated from River Falls High School in 1967 and married his high school sweetheart, Rita Owens on June 15, 1968.  Dale was a life-long farmer and spent 38 years as a semi truck driver. He enjoyed deer hunting, spending time at Lake Wapogasset, helping friends and neighbors, working outside, and spending time with family – especially his 3 grandchildren. Dale will remain in the hearts of his wife, Rita, daughters Angela Soule and Brook (Paul) Riemer; grandchildren Savana Soule, Owen and Kiera Riemer; brother-in-law Dale DeCraene; sisters Marian (Dave) Hoffman, and Jeanne (Arie) Levy; as well as many other relatives and friends. Preceding him in death are his parents, sister Janet DeCraene, and his brother, Richard.  A Homegoing Celebration for Dale will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2 pm at the First Covenant Church 1374 North Main Street River Falls, WI.  Visitation will also be on Friday from 12-2 pm at the church.  Private interment will be at a later date.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Anne Wesling Posted January 12, 2020 6:16 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to all the family. i wish I’d had the opportunity to get to know my cousin better.

  • Pam and Tom Owens Posted January 13, 2020 2:01 am

    Sorry for your loss Rita and Ang?

  • Regina Fleming Posted January 13, 2020 11:22 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.

  • Steve Bowen Posted January 14, 2020 3:40 pm

    Prayers to Rita and the girls for Strength and Peace during this time of loss . ” Whiskers ” was a man who went over and above with his helping others find their direction whether it was work related or Life related . The Battle is over and he is Home with the Lord .

  • Eve M Cole Posted January 14, 2020 4:55 pm

    Rita and girls, I am sorry for your loss. I know that he is dancing on the streets of gold and enjoying his company. My prayers are with you all.

  • Marj and Bruce Evjen Posted January 15, 2020 2:34 pm

    Prayers of comfort for our Griffey cousins. Though we hadn’t spent time together recently, I have such good memories of Dale sharing things about his family and life at a celebration of life for another family member. He seemed to radiate kindness, thoughtfulness, and caring. He had a goal to finish projects at the family farm home that he was working on. It sounded like a labor of love.

  • Mary McKenna Posted January 17, 2020 2:45 am

    Rita, I am so sorry for your loss. Memories of the times we all spent together such a long time ago.

  • Mitchell Linder Posted January 17, 2020 3:28 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I still remember working on the farm with Dale,
    he always had a way to make it fun. We always ended the day with a laugh
    I was planning to come this afternoon but with the winter storm coming in I just don’t know bad it will get
    My thoughts will be with you and the girls

  • Quent Nelson Posted February 1, 2020 3:10 pm

    Rita & family…I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Dale was a great neighbor when we were growing up on the farm in River Falls.

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