In Memory of Lou Dale Sales

Lou Dale Sales
Lou Dale Sales
Born: July 12, 1921
Died: November 27, 2020
Age: 99
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Lou Dale Sales
July 12, 1921 - November 27, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

Lou Dale Sales, age 99, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein, Iowa.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 01, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Reverend Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal Services follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A visitation (family not present) will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Monday, November 30, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church, of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A recording of Lou Dale's service will be available to view via the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa, Facebook page in the afternoon on December 01, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services. During the visitation the rule of 15 will be followed please plan accordingly.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Lou Dale Sales, the son of Louis Arthur and Margaret (Rief) Sales, was born on July 12, 1921, at the home of his paternal grandparents near Crescent, Iowa, in Pottawatomie County. He lived in the Honey Creek area until the age of two when his parents moved to Decatur, Nebraska. His family farmed on Holman’s Island surrounded by Lake Quinnebaugh and the Missouri River.

On the island, Lou Dale attended school through the 8th grade and then began helping on the farm which instilled his hard-working ethic. As a youngster he loved to sing, roller-skate and dance. The family raised Shetland ponies which led to his love of horses.

Lou Dale along with his parents, five sisters: Waunitta, Kathern, Ina, Margaret, LaVohn, and brother Kenneth remained on the island until he was 19 years old. At that time the family relocated to Woodbine, Iowa. It was there that he met and married Helen Pryor on February 26, 1944. The couple moved to Battle Creek, Iowa, in 1945 and raised their family of five girls: Jeannette, Barbara, Diane, Charlotte, and Karen “Corky”.

Lou’s adult life was spent farming and raising livestock. He proudly raised cattle from the time he was 11 years old to age 73. He continued to be involved in farming until his death at the age of 99.

During retirement, Lou Dale and Helen enjoyed playing cards, golfing, skiing, traveling, and especially dancing. They stole the show on the dance floor as they were terrific dancers.

Survivors include his daughters: Jeannette (Richard) Ott, Barbara Meier, Diane (Tom) Castle, Charlotte (Bill) Uhl, and Karen “Corky” Blackmore; grandchildren: Kevin Ott, Susan (Calvin) Carver, Sandra (Bill) Allen, Sherri (Kel) Anderson, Shelli (Jason) Dannenberg, Michael (Heidi) Meier, Adam (Randi) Castle, Jeana (Layne) Todd, Matthew (Sandy) Castle, Sarah (Micah) Gitlan, Lori (Darrin) Roeder, Lisa (Bryan) Quirk, Sean (Tamie) Blackmore, and Shannon (Jenny) Blackmore; 32 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; son-in-law Darwin Blackmore; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Lou Dale was preceded in death by his parents Louis Arthur and Margaret Sales; wife Helen Sales; brother Kenneth Sales; sisters: Ina Maxwell, Waunitta Kinning, Margaret “Midge” Austin, Kathern “Katie” Kessler, and LaVohn “Bonnie” Tietsort; grandson Lynn Ott; great-granddaughter Lindsey Quirk; great-grandsons Smith and Wesson Blackmore; son-in-law Richard Meier; brothers-in-law: Orman Kinning, Duane Maxwell, Lyle Tietsort, and Harold Austin; and nephews Ivan “Butch” Kinning and Larry “Joe” Maxwell.  


Private Family Funeral Service
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, IA


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Kevin Ott
Sean Blackmore
Shannon Blackmore
Adam Castle 
Matthew Castle
Michael Meier

Honorary Pallbearers
Susan (Ott) Carver
Sandra (Ott) Allen
Jeana (Castle) Todd
Sarah (Castle) Gitlan
Lori (Uhl) Roeder
Lisa (Uhl) Quirk
Sherri (Meier) Anderson
Shelli (Meier) Dannenberg


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 30, 2020
First Presbyterian Church 
Battle Creek, Iowa


Recorded Selections
"The Lord's Prayer" by Sherri (Meier) Anderson
"How Great Thou Art" by Sherri (Meier) Anderson
"Woodchoppers Ball" Instrumental Selection


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:20 AM
“To the family of Lou Dale, I am so very sorry for your loss. You have all been in my thoughts and in my prayers. Cherish the memories. He is dancing in Heaven with Helen now.”
- Sheila Petersen
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:20 AM
“So sorry to hear that your Dad and Grandfather has passed away. May your many memories give you comfort, and bring you smiles ... knowing he enjoyed life to the fullest.”
- Joni Schumann
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“Sending our deepest sympathies to your family. Lou Dale lived a full life with five daughters in whom he had great pride. Having lost our parents, we understand that, even though their passing is inevitable, the “end” is still difficult.
Just a couple of old friends from the past.”
- Wally & Lynn Hamann
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“I am sending my deepest sympathy. Lou Dale was a memorable, one of a kind man. He lived his life to the fullest and was blessed to have Helen and you. Hugs”
- Linda Higa
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“With my sympathy to all of you in the loss of your father. Jeannette, Barbara and Corky thinking about you at this time and wanting you to know you are in my thoughts. Take care.”
- Leon Klotz
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“So very sorry for your loss ”
- Karen claussen
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 2:22 PM
“Sending our heartfelt sympathy to Lou Dale’s family.”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with the families.”
- Gaylin & Barbara Fey
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“One of my favorite men in the world...”
- Andrea kinning
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry for your loss. God Bless all family and friends..
- Fern Krayenhagen
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Listening to the tune Woodchopper's Ball, one can nearly vision Lou Dale and Helen tearing up the dance floor may other swing tunes of the time. Enjoyed their shared stories over the years. Peace to you and your family during this time and throughout the Holidays”
- Julie Kollbaum
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“Corky and family:
we were saddened to read of Lou Dale's death. He and Helen were a joy to know and visit with when they visited the bank where I worked in Schleswig. He had lots of "stories" to tell and always a joke and a smile. He always seemed to know the latest news and always a smile and good word. May our Dear Lord wrap His arms around each of you and grant you His eternal Peace as He has both your Mom and Dad there with Him in Heaven where we are promised to see them again when we reach our real home in Heaven. God Bless all of you.
Loren and Janice Jepsen”
- Loren and Janice Jepsen
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“I had cared for him while I worked at the assisted living in Holstein. I enjoyed his stories of when he was in his younger days.. He also was fond of his wine. He will forever be remembered in fond memeories even though I had only been in his company a short time his character will be never forgotten Rest in Peace my dear friend..”
- Lonna Jones
Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 12:03 PM
“Dear Sales family,
I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was truly a larger than life figure to me. I always enjoyed the interaction he had with all his daughters.He lived a wonderful and full life. We all can hope to do as well. I’m truly sorry for your loss.
- Wanda Procaccini
Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 12:03 PM
“To the Sales families: I first meet Lou Dale when I worked at the Sale Barn in Dunlap in the early70's. I got to know him a lot better after I moved to Battle Creek. He was one of a kind. He lived life to the fullest. He is back with Helen now. May all of you have good memories of him. May God bless.”
- Byron Hartwig
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