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.
entry posted by Debra & Ernie Hohn on 05-11-2011
I spoke with Dale about 2 weeks before his passing.
I gave him a MTI 1969 alumni book. He just got a big grin on his
face, and said yes he would like to have it.
He just grin again to see his photo, in it.
My deepest sympathy for all of his family, he was a great guy!
entry posted by Kim (Pooley) Nedved on 05-04-2011
Thinking of the entire Dale Long family during this difficult time and sending thoughts and prayers your way. I took the Dale Carnegie class with Dale back in 1982. I was 18 years old and not real thrilled to be in the class with "adults". Dale was a friendly face and always made me feel welcome. He was a good man and he will be surely missed.
entry posted by Betty Hollund on 05-03-2011
To the entire Long Family, Please know that all of you have my deepest sympathy and prayers. Dale was a very positive, hard-working, and living life to the fullest kind of person. You are all so very fortunate to have had him as part of your lives. Hold him close in your hearts and he will never be far away. You all have so many memories to carry you through these next trying weeks. Dale has definetely run the long race, fought the hard fight, and now is enjoying the rich rewards of heaven. God bless him and all of you. An Iowa Cousin, Betty Hollune
entry posted by Terry & Ramona Schroeder on 05-03-2011
To the Long Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So sorry to hear about Dale. I just saw him on Friday night at Joe's Cafe in Alexandria, had a nice little short visit with him talking about when we took dance lessons together years ago. He was a very nice man and will be missed by many. He sure knew a lot of people and touched a lot of lives. Donna, also our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know it has to be hard on you cause after all, you had many years together. God be with you all.
entry posted by Duane Salonen on 05-03-2011
Our deepest sympathies and fondest thoughts to the entire Long family from all of us at the Dale Carnegie office on this time of sad news. It's not often that an entire family has been connected to us as graduates of our programs but you are one of the few. Dale was a close friend of all and we will miss him as well.
entry posted by Dave & Sue Crawford on 05-03-2011
Really sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, and will be thinking of you this week.
entry posted by Daren Anderson on 05-03-2011
Sorry to hear of the loss of Dale. We knew him when he was in the Pontiac club in Sioux Falls.
entry posted by Aimee (Belew) & Jeff Uhl on 05-02-2011
We are very sorry to hear about Dale. I grew up at Thundervalley along with you guys. Your dad was always there he would always stop by our camper to see what my mom had cooked up stay and have a meal with us . He was so much fun. He will missed by his racing family. Aimee (Belew) Uhl
entry posted by Jim and Diane Suhr on 05-02-2011
Our deepest sympathies to the Long family. We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great guy and a great mechanic. All of our thoughts and prayers to you.
entry posted by Don Nash - on 05-02-2011
Sorry to hear of the loss of Dale. I got to know him when he worked for Gustafson Construction, when they were building I-29 and I-90. He could get along with us "state" workers and I so enjoyed visiting with him. Did stop in Mitchell a couple times to visit after he started the transmission shop.
entry posted by Mary Belew on 05-02-2011
Thinking of you today. I know your heart is full of sadness. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Mary Belew
entry posted by Mary & Mike Belew on 05-02-2011
Long family , With our deepest sympathy. Your dad was a great man and a great dragracer. It was an honor to have known him. We shared alot of great stories , good food, and good friendship and the race tracks. We were fortunate to have known him. Thinking of you all on this sad day. Mary & Mike Belew
entry posted by Laverne & Lynne Jerred on 05-02-2011
Dustin, Daren, Devon & family, I am so sorry to hear of your Dads death, he will be missed greatly. You are in my thoughts and
prayers at this very difficult time. I was fortunate enough to be able to have lunch with him a couple of weeks ago.
entry posted by Karen VanOverschelde on 05-02-2011
Thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to the family of Dale Long. I knew Dale from the Phillips 66 station- really enjoyed visiting with him when he stopped in. I know what it's like to lose a father and there are no words of comfort. Be proud and feel blessed. God bless u all, Karen VanOverschelde