Jack Hogan Dailey, 95, was born in Barnes county North Dakota July 18, 1920. He was born to Clarence Ray Dailey & Hulda ‘Rose’ Trana. Jack had one brother Chester born Feb 12, 1918.
Jack and his brother Chester and father successfully farmed in the Pillsbury, North Dakota area. His brother Chester served WW2 in the Army Asian/Pacific region. His father Ray dies fairly young of heart failure. Jack joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1938 stationed in Remer Minnesota. After his stint he returned to farming in the Pillsbury area until 1947.
He meet Lorraine A Illgen of Fargo and they married in 1947. They had four children, Terry Dailey of Vientiane, Laos, Stephen Dailey of Windsor, Colorado, Amy Dailey of Fargo and Jeffrey Dailey (deceased 1992).
After getting married Jack & Lorraine moved to Fargo where he started working at Krell/Russ Buick. He left Russ Buick after 17 years as Parts Manager. Jack in 1954 got his pilots license and he bought a 1947 Aeronica Chief to fly.
In 1962 he built and owned a Standard Oil station called “Jacks Interstate Standard”, next to “King Leo’s”. He later sold the gas station and joined the Cass Country Sheriff department as a Deputy Sheriff.
He first worked for Sheriff Walter T. Quam and later ‘Smokey’ Stensrud working his way up the ranks to Chief Deputy. When Smokey died, Jack was appointed as acting Sheriff. When the next election cycle came up Jack ran for Cass County Sheriff with many opponents also. Jack won that election for a four year cycle. When Sheriff Jack Dailey ran for re-election for his second term Jack was the “first & only time” time a sheriff had no one contesting and won. Jack earned a great reputation as a Fair & Just Sheriff. He really liked talking with the citizens of Cass County and listening to their concerns.
When summertime came around he and the family enjoyed camping trips all over the west and south states. He was very adventurous and loved seeing and learning about historic places.
Jack & Lorraine semi retired to a home by Lake Cormorant. He worked for Checkpoint Ranch and later moved to Missoula Montana still working for Checkpoint Ranch for several years, he A.I. Herefords and the national award winning Polled Herefords. He loved animals.
Jack & Lorraine then moved to Colorado where his son (Steve & Karen) lived. He worked as airport security. Jack & Lorraine both longing for home moved back to Fargo. He then worked in the mail department for Maintenance Engineering for many years.
Lorraine developed heart problems and passed away Feb. 19, 1991. Next year his youngest son Jeffrey passed away due to health problems.
In 1993 He married Maralyn Anderson and she passed away in July 2015. They enjoyed dancing waltzes and she played keyboards while they were in better health. They last lived at Villa Maria. Jack always liked working and the outdoors. He gardened and took care of the flower garden there until his passing. He had great care by the staff there and was loved by all of the staff there. He was always cracking a little jokes and everyone said they had never seen a more positive person. He did several laps around the home and also fed the wild turkeys behind the home near the river with his daughter Amy. They would get corn cobs and throw kernels at them until they came running. He commented this is so fun, just like feeding chickens on the farm.
In his younger days he was a great mechanic and his house and cars were alway in top shape. He never hired a repairman for anything in his life. He loved fixing things and was a very neat and organized man. He also loved gardening. He was always a positive person in good spirits and enjoyed helping others. He was blessed to be so positive & caring. He lived a full life until he succumbed to aggressive lung cancer. He will be missed by many and was loved by all.
He always made time to help anyone needing help or to teach them whatever he could whether it be about gardening or farming or life. Once when he had a visitor he was asked of all the many jobs he had what was the most fun or the best? He replied, “All of them!” He said he learned and took something from everything he ever done. He was truly blessed to live such a diverse and interesting life. He also loved reading and learning. Archeology was one of his favorite subjects and he liked to keep up with popular science and mechanics.
He was a blessed man who touched many lives, and will be missed immensely by family and friends.
Survivors include: sons Terry Dailey; and Steve (Karen) Dailey- Colorado; daughter, Amy Dailey (Fargo); 3 step-children, Steven (Lily) Anderson-Fargo; Sandra Anderson-Fargo; Thore Jr Anderson- Fargo; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine, and his second wife, Maralyn.
There will be a funeral service at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Olivet Lutheran Church with a visitation one hour prior.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.