Dale Ihry

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Dale Robert Ihry, age 58, of Fargo, ND, passed away on the evening of Thursday, January 3rd, 2019, at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, ND, surrounded by loved ones. Dale was born July 20th, 1960, in Valley City, ND, to Adolph and Ardis (McCullough) Ihry. He grew up on a livestock and grain farm near Hope, ND. He graduated from Hope Public Schools in 1978. Dale married Brenda (Knudson) on January 2nd, 1982 at St. Agatha’s Catholic Church in Hope, ND. Dale attended Moorhead State University where he graduated with a Business Administration degree in 1983. Dale worked for the USDA Farm Service Agency from 1983 until retiring in 2015, at which time he was hired as the Executive Director of North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and North Dakota Corn Growers Association, where he worked until his passing. Dale was a member of the Fargo Beer Club (FBC) and could often times be found tailgating at NDSU Bison football games. He was an avid sports fan, cheering for the Vikings, Twins, and Bison. Dale enjoyed golfing, cooking, and morning walks and/or jogging. He always enjoyed gathering with family and friends, large or small. Dale is survived by his wife, Brenda, Fargo, ND; three children, Jessica (Matt) Linback, West Fargo, ND; Jamie (Matt) Lange, West Fargo, ND; and Tyler (Stevie) Ihry, Plymouth, MN; grandchildren, Mercedes Loos, Lennon Linback, Kylian Ihry, Elliana Lange, and Declan Ihry; siblings, Connie (Woody) Caspers, West Fargo, ND; Wade (Marilyn) Ihry, Hope, ND; Reed (Michelle) Ihry, West Fargo, ND; Neal Ihry, Hope, ND; Mary Ann Ihry, Minot, ND; Lori (Tim) Powell, Hope, ND; and Keith (Brenda) Ihry, Hope, ND; mother-in-law, Flossy Knudson, Finley, ND; sisters-in-law, Susan (Mike) Anderson, Finley, ND; and Denise (Jeff) Sloan, Finley, ND; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Adolph and Ardis; brother, Gary; and infant twin siblings, Mary and Joseph. Dale will forever be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend, and ally to all that met him. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 9th at from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., followed by a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m., both at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, ND. Memorial Mass will be Thursday, January 10th at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in West Fargo, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Vasculitis Foundation, Celiac Disease Foundation, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, or any agricultural-related charity of the donor’s choice.

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  1. When you lose someone and it hurts, when it is painful, I can only imagine it was because there was great happiness and love that that person brought to your life!

  2. My love and deepest sympathies to all of Dales family and friends. His loss has left ame enormous void, in his family and community. I was luckyto have you as my brother in law. Rest high upon that mountain, Dale.

  3. Brenda & family – our heart aches for you all; we will always remember Dale as such a kind and caring person; you were both so sweet to us & our son during those Fargo South football days & beyond. Our sympathies, Mark & Sheila Beauchene

  4. Dear Brenda & family, you don’t really know me but I feel like I knew Dale and all of you through my sister, Jamie. She thoroughly enjoyed working with Dale for many years. I remember hearing when your kids were born as well as other milestones. Jamie spoke so highly of Dale. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  5. So sorry for your loss, I worked with Dale for 10 years and he was always funny and had funny one liners to say… I am truly surprised and saddened by his passing… Prayers to his family and may God be with you especially during your sorrow…

  6. Deepest sympathy and prayers that I hope will help the family through this difficult time. Wishing you comfort and peace. I knew Dale from USDA and always thought highly of him as a worker and an individual. May he rest in peace.

  7. My deepest sympathies to all of the Ihry family. I did not know Dale personally. I knew his Mom Ardis & sisters Lori & Connie. Dale seemed like a wonderful man who accomplished a lot of great things in his life.

  8. Dale was an incredible advocate for North Dakota and American agriculture. Dale was also an incredible friend. Our hearts are aching over his loss. He will be fondly remembered and missed.

  9. As a broadcaster, I worked with Dale for many years. He was always knowledgeable, helpful, courteous and friendly. I always enjoyed our visits and I will miss him. My condolences to his family.

  10. Dale was not only a friend, but a great professional. We brought him to USDA in Washington DC many times to train staff and create understanding for implementing rules and requirements for Farm Bill execution. He will be truly missed by all with a love for agriculture.

  11. Brenda and family,

    Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your husband and father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time,.

  12. To Dale’s Family,
    I share in your grief in the loss of a wonderful man. I knew Dale while working for FSA in the 80s. After leaving ND and being disconnected from the USDA for 20+ years I met Dale at a recent function and we picked up exactly where we left off. It was surprising to me to be remembered by one of the Greats of FSA! Dale will be spoken of in high regard for years to come because of the legacy he has left in the Ag world and I’m sure in the memories of many others. In heartfelt sympathy. Deb Sando – Hillsboro

  13. Brenda and family, so sorry to hear about Dale. We thought about him in Frisco. Bo Glass said, “Lets win one for Dale”…mission complete. Love you guys…

  14. To Dale’s Family:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I have really enjoyed working with Dale from the neighboring Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Dale was such an asset to the Corn family. I will miss his charisma! Cherish the great memories he has given you.

    Gods light will shine bright for Dale!


    Mitch Coulter

  15. I am so saddened by Dale’s passing. Dale was a great colleague and client, who also became a friend during our three-plus years working together. He was the most informed person about U.S. commodity programs I ever met. He worked so hard for ND Corn and U.S. agriculture, and he was all about getting the job done right. I enjoyed his trips to Washington, DC, and our meetings with Members of Congress, their staff, and Administration officials. He was always so well prepared, and Dale never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I appreciated getting to know his lovely wife Brenda. My thoughts and prayers are with her and the family, and I shall miss Dale a lot.

  16. Brenda and family,
    Our hearts are broken with sadness for the loss of an amazing friend! Prayers and hugs to all you!
    Joe and Mo Kary

  17. Condolences on your loss. I never had the pleasure of knowing him, but I worked with his sister Connie Casper who shared many stories about her siblings.

  18. I knew and worked with Dale through FSA. It was a pleasure to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Chuck and Jonielle Soderstrom

  19. My sincere sympathy, my heart is sad to lose someone so dear to us here in Hope, sending God’s Blessings and prayers, Edith Johnson…..

  20. Few people leave a path in life as great as Dale. Not only did he excel within his profession, but he was also an exceptional person. He will be remembered by everyone he came in contact with. On behalf of all of us from the NDSU Extension Service, past and present, our deepest condolences. He left big shoes to fill….he’ll be missed

  21. We extend our sympathy in Dale’s passing. Hold fast the memories and fun he provided you. I met Dale in Minot where he started with ASCS as executive director. We later became co-workers and friends working in FSA.

    Many don’t know this but Dale experienced the sport of Curling while in Minot. Dale was willing to give everything a try. May he rest in peace.

    Carmen and Linda Erickson

  22. My sincere sympathy to the Ihry family at the loss of your loved one. I have been a friend of Dale’s sister, Lori, for many years, and feel I know many of her siblings through the sharing of her stories through the years. May God’s hand be on your shoulders to give you peace in these sad days.

  23. I coached, played basketball, drank many beers and laughed with this great man. Our family is honored to have shared in his life. I will remember his smiling smirk and knuckle bumps. Rest in peace. Our hearts go out Brenda, Jess, Jamie and Tyler as he was a great husband and father.

  24. My thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy are with all of you. I was very saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. He was a valued colleague and a true friend. He will be missed by many and always remembered with great fondness for his spirit, kindness and passion for his work, family and friends. I hope many happy memories shared will bring you peace and comfort. God bless!

  25. I was saddened to hear Dale had passed away. I knew him through FSA, and we worked together several times over the years. I always enjoyed his wit and “Dale-isms.” He was a good friend, and I will miss him.

  26. Very shocked and saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. Our heartfelt sympathy to his wife and family. You are in our thoughts and prayer.

  27. I knew Dale to be a kind and generous family man. Someone who knew USDA and the citizens it served. Dale was always helpful, professional and a great witness for the U.S. during trial. A great guy. I hope surviving family members have many fond memories, something to soften the loss. I’ll miss Dale.

  28. Dale was a true advocate for agriculture. I so enjoyed working with him and his sense of humor. He simply made a difference for farmers in the Dakotas. He will be missed greatly!

  29. Our deepest condolences to Dale’s family for your loss. Dale was not only a professional at his job but a great person. On behalf of his friends at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, we will miss you Dale.

  30. Our sincere condolences to Brenda and the Ihry family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace..

  31. Thank you to Boulger Funeral Home and your entire staff for your kind and welcoming presence during this very difficult and painful loss for the Ihry family, his friends and associates. As a sister, i can confidently say .. to know Dale .. was to LOVE HIM. He was truly one-of-a-kind. Professional, knowledgeable, personable, funny but above all .. KIND and always placing family and others first. Our hearts are full of sweet memories but saddened by our loss. Be BLESSED all for reaching out, prayers and love.

  32. Brenda and family, please accept our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. Dale was a wonderful guy. May he touch the face of God. God bless you all.

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