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Dale Cummings Mains

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March 22, 1927 - February 14, 2024


Dale Mains, age 96, of Algona passed away on Feb. 14, 2024, at Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. Services were livestreamed via Trinity Lutheran Church’s YouTube page:

Burial took place at East Lawn Cemetery in Algona, with military rites conducted by the Iowa Army National Guard, the Howard D. Omdahl VFW Post #2541 and the Hagg-Turner American Legion Post #90 of Algona. Visitation was held 4-6 p.m. Monday at Lentz Funeral Home in Algona.     

Dale Cummings Mains, the son of Johnathan Henry and Iva Fern (James) Mains, was born on March 22, 1927, on a farm near Guthrie Center. He attended school through the 9th grade and then went to work at Swift & Co. Dale worked various jobs until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. He was a forward observer and transported prisoners in Germany for 42 months.

Dale met Lucille Lauck on a blind date. On Aug. 2, 1953, they were married in Whittemore and spent 65 years together until Lucille’s passing.

Dale worked many jobs including driving a gas truck for Conoco, working at the Algona Creamery, Jack’s OK Tire, Universal and Pioneer. He retired from Pioneer in 1986 after working there 19 1/2 years. Dale then worked various part time jobs.

Dale was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving as an usher and a Trustee, VFW Post #2541 and with the TLC Quilters.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, walking at the YMCA, stuffing bears and crosses for the TLC Quilters, puzzles, traveling, gardening, mowing, driving detasseling machines, camping and spending time with his family.    

Left to cherish Dale’s memory are his children, Wanda (Steve) Schwier of Atlantic, Donna Mains (Dan Coleman) of Hornersville, Mo., Lynette (Kurt) Hankins of Algona and Scott (Lou Ann) Mains of Lewiston, Ind.; grandchildren, Seth (Kassidi), Timothy (Cassie), Jeany, Tiffany (Ed), Zachary (Anna), Titus, Abe, Sam and Hannah; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Avery, Rilie, Sarah, Ezekiel, Olivia, Katera, Kyra, Summer, Mason, Emily, Skylar, Zoey, Keegan, Luke, Kyran, Kenai and Isobel; great-great-grandchild, Kylie; a sister-in-law, Joann; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille in 2019; and brothers, Donald, Ellis, Ralph, Wesley and Edwin.

The Lentz Funeral Home is serving the family.  Sympathy cards may be mailed to P.O. Box 404, Algona, Iowa 50511. Condolences may be left at

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