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Dale L. Hankemeier

September 16, 1959 - December 26, 2022

Service Date: December 31, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

Church Cory Grove Church

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Dale Lowell Hankemeier, 63, passed away on December 26, 2022 unexpectedly with his family at his side at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. A native of Delmar, Iowa and graduate of Delwood High School, he was born on September 16, 1959 to Dorothy and Clarence Hankemeier. Elkhart had been Dale’s home since 1988.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Memorial Services of Iowa (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny, IA). A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at Cory Grove Church (6700 NE 124th Place, 2.5 miles east of Elkhart, IA).

Dale is survived by his wife of 35 years, Becky (Hacker); daughter, Barbara Carter (Joel); son, Seth; stepson, Jayson; three siblings, Lynn, Lori, and lifelong best friend Nancy. In addition to his biological family, he is survived by his self-adoptive parents, Barry and JoAnn McKibben of Orilla, Iowa; and brother-in-law and sister in-law, Ted and Lynne Hacker of Cambridge, Iowa, and Dave and Jill Evans of Grand Junction, Colorado.

Perhaps his proudest legacy are his two grandchildren, Clara Carter (4 years) and Jaxson Carter (3 whole weeks).

A born-again Christian and proud Patriot, Dale made hundreds of friends sharing his faith and beliefs far and wide. He was known to all as a hard-working, and intensely generous soul. In his diverse work and career, highlighted by years at ADM, Ferrellgas and Poet Ethanol, his work ethic was surpassed by none, as were his generosity and love in his family life and friendships.


Dale was wonderful, smart, silly, warm, loving and generous, and he lived his life in service to others. He worked hard — at any cost to himself — to show Jesus’ love for him through his actions. He will be missed and loved for generations to come.

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