Dale Kenneth Long was born December 15, 1942 at Mitchell, SD to Kenneth and Zerline (Halfhill) Long. He grew up on his parent’s farm southeast of Mount Vernon and graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1961. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Following the service he returned home and worked for Lindekugal Construction. In 1970 he graduated from Mitchell Vo-Tech with a degree in Auto Mechanics and then went to work for Berry and Sons. On June 19, 1971 he married Donna Peterson. He then worked for Gustafson Construction until 1982, at which time he started his own transmission repair shop, Dale’s A-1 Transmission. Dale was awarded an honorary Associate of Applied Science degree from Mitchell Technical Institute on May 8, 1998. He was selected for the honor as an outstanding alumnus and for his support of MTI. He retired in 2005, even though he still enjoyed going to the shop daily to check on his sons and their work. Dale was an avid racer and thoroughly enjoyed his grandkids. He was a member of the NHRA, IHRA, the American Legion, VFW and the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by three sons: Daren Long and wife Lisa, Devon Long and wife Ann, Dustin Long all of Mitchell; one daughter, Dacie Long of Chamberlain; six grandchildren: Cole, Carter, Kate, Van, Penn and Tate, his former wife, Donna Long of Mitchell and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Lynette.