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Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Dale Curtiss Moldenhauer
March 19, 1939 - November 5, 2021

Residence: Williston, North Dakota



Dale Moldenhauer, 82, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, November 5, 2021 at his residence in Williston, ND.

Dale C. Moldenhauer was born in March of 1939 in Rugby, ND where he lived until the age of 5 before his family moved west to Williston, ND. An only child to Alfred and Emma, Dale was a very precocious and hardworking individual. He was very devoted and faithful to his mother and Lebanese grandparents, often speaking Lebanese over English when running errands for his grandmother.

Following his graduation from Williston High School, he enrolled in Brown Institute for Broadcasting in Minneapolis to pursue his dream of being behind the microphone. Putting himself through school, he flipped burgers and whipped up milkshakes at McDonalds. Part of his wages included a complimentary cheeseburger, fries, and a shake. It took him about 3 months to conclude his stomach aches were provoked by his diet, and soon began a more healthful approach to his meals. Following his graduation from Brown, Dale returned to Williston and worked part-time at KUMV-TV. In addition to sweeping floors, he also filled in for news anchors and wore many hats as a utilitarian. He wrote news stories, produced commercials, and sold advertising. It was often said that Dale could "sell manure to a pig farmer."

Dale married Sandra Benth at the age of 22 and they moved to Plentywood, MT for a radio job for 3 years before heading to Rugby, ND for a job managing KGCA. He was quickly named General Manager and Program Director as he and Sandra built a home. They soon started a family and had a son, Michael and a daughter, Melissa and a dog, Pedro. Always a dog in Dale's life. Dale is no doubt hanging with his Pedro. Nikki, Tara, Heidi, Max and Calico cats, and his Jakie Boy. Dale loved animals and tenderly cared and loved each one. He never met a dog he didn’t like or that didn’t love him back.

Dale and Sandra were very civically minded and were active in their communities by way of Jaycees, City Council and their local Human Resource Center participating as mentors and teen counselors; they were EMTs, taught Sunday School, and sat on Church Council at First Lutheran Church in Rugby. Dale was also elected the youngest President of the ND Broadcasters Association. An esteemed and distinguished position he took seriously and with pride. Dale was also very active as a Shriner and a Mason. He took deep pride in his membership and all the care his brotherhood took in community good.

Dales many employees can speak to his generous spirit and kind heart. Many times they witnessed him go out of his way to ensure an individual had enough food, gas in his or her car, and often acted as surrogate father to his staff. The Moldenhauer’s would often have a hot meal, a suit out of Dales closet, and even an extra present or two under the Christmas tree for an orphaned employee. He was often heard telling his daughter, "a stranger is just a friend we haven't met yet". Making folks feel important was Dales specialty. He always had a joke (often dirty) or a dry Dale-ism to share, remembered important facts and details about everyone. He never let someone walk away without a handshake, a hug, or a kiss on the cheek. Everyone...was a "someone" to Dale.

1983 saw the Moldenhauer’s moving back to Williston to be close to their parents and Dale shifted gears in his career. He sold steel and vinyl siding throughout the state, had a rain gutter and window business and relished the opportunity to meet new people with home remodeling needs. He fostered yet more friendships and wonderful memories. If you ever had Dale to your home to replace or install exterior coverings, he has a file on you and remembered you fondly.

Dale loved his Gloria Dei Lutheran family and served his church in many capacities on Church Council, usher, remodeling, and took each responsibility earnestly and with pride. Dale looked forward to Sunday services, because he adored the pre-fellowship in the church foyer. He couldn't wait to sip coffee and share laughs with his friends. Mostly, he liked to flirt with all his "girlfriends". (They know who they are). Dale was the goofball who requested "seconds" on Communion. He once told the Pastor the "bread broken for you" could use a little seasoning. He'd ask for I.D at the door to newcomers, and would whisper "this is the part where ya gotta pay" when he passed the collection plate.

Dale was extremely affectionate, as his Middle Eastern Heritage invited. Always a hug that counted, a kiss on the cheek, sometimes both, a cup of coffee was never passed up, and people all over ND and eastern MT knew who Dale Moldenhauer was. The kind of man he was. Endearing, good natured, quirky, smart, and definitely a smart a**. When confronted with "how are you, Dale?" He'd retort: " it's a good thing I'm not a twin, cuz I don't think you could handle all this greatness. I'm a pretty big deal".

People remember Dale Moldenhauer from his days and life in Rugby in radio and again in the late 80s managing and selling advertising for KDSR. Whatever path you may have crossed with Dale, it most often resulted in a "that's a good guy" feeling.

Dale loved without limits, shared unconditionally, and held his loved ones with both arms. He's most likely having a chat with his favorite star John Wayne, and talking country music to Patsy Cline. And no doubt, having a great reunion with those who have gone before him.

He's missed deeply by his wife, kids, and his little guys, Bentley and Barkley (Shih Tzus) and kitties, Milly and Muffie.

Dale is survived by wife, Sandra "Sandy" (Benth); son, Michael Moldenhauer (Williston) and daughter, Melissa Liebenthal (Boise, Idaho).

He is preceded in death by his father, Alfred; mother, Emma; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Randy Arcand (Dunseith, North Dakota)
Nov 5, 2021
Sorry to hear of Dales passing
Calvin Urbatsch
Nov 5, 2021
Sorry for your loss. Best wishes to you and your family
Sandy K . Benth (sheridan, wy)
Nov 5, 2021
Sandra and family so sorry for your loss
Carol Nelson (Valley City, N.D.)
Nov 5, 2021
Sandy and family: So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May god Bless.
Howard & Lois Burns (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Nov 6, 2021
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of Dale. He was a wonderful man and a great friend of our family. We remember his wit and humor. Always willing to help and listen to people. We share in your grief and loss.
Karen (Bercier) Osterberg (Minot, ND)
Nov 6, 2021
Sandy and family, So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Thoughts and prayers of comfort to your family. Many wonderful memories that are cherished forever.
Dale Bercier (Bottineau , North Dakota)
Nov 6, 2021
I had the honor of being named after Dale. He was such a good man. Our hearts go out to you Sandy, Mike and Missy . Dale and Angela Bercier
Barbara Bercier (Rugby , ND)
Nov 6, 2021
Sandy, Mike and Melissa we are so sorry to hear the news about Dale. You and Dale played a big part in our family in our growing up years in Rugby and in all of our lives. Moldy will be greatly missed by the Bercier family. Know we are thinking of all of you at this time.
Barbara, David, Jane Ann, Monte, Gary, Karen, Mark, Jeffrey and Dale
Ted J. Becker (Roseville, MN)
Nov 6, 2021
Sandy and family. Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of a great man! I often experienced the kindness and hospitality of your home and was touched by the love there. May Dale's creator give him peace, joy and a share in His glory. I wish you peace as well.
Smoke n Debbie Collier (Trenton, ND)
Nov 6, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family RIP Dale
Lois B Redka (Williston , North Dakota )
Nov 7, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my heart and in prayer.
Jan and Judy Hogue (Williston , North Dakota )
Nov 7, 2021
Prayers for the family.
Howard & Lois Burns (Bismarck, North Dakota)
Nov 7, 2021
We were sorry to hear about the passing of Dale. He was a friend to our family. We remember his wit and humor. He was always willing to listen or help anyone. He was a special person and we share in your grief.
Kevin and Renee McGowan (Meridian, ID)
Nov 7, 2021
Melissa, I didn't have a chance to know your father. From his photo I can tell he enjoyed life. What a handsome, easy smile! I am certain he was a wonderful man, because he raised an amazing daughter. Kevin and I are wishing hope and healing for your family. With much love, Renee
Jan and Judy Hogue (Williston , North Dakota )
Nov 7, 2021
Prayers for the family.
Kandee Fredricksen
Nov 7, 2021
Sandy, Mike, Melissa & Family: So very sorry to hear of Dale's passing, My Thoughts and prayers to you.
Loren & Sandra Hagge (Orting, Washington )
Nov 7, 2021
Sandy and Family
We are so sorry for your loss at this very difficult time. Dale was a great friend and we will miss him
So very much. Condolences to Sandra and the family. God only takes the best!!
Dale G. Niewoehner (Rugby, North Dakota)
Nov 8, 2021
Sandy, it was sad to read that Dale had died. He was one of the first people I got to know when I moved to Rugby and he remained a steadfast friend all these years. We had a lot of fun together in the Rugby Jaycees and I will cherish his dedication to his fellow man and to society. Farewell, you old camel jockey! Dale
Bill & Lynn Bosley (Williston, ND)
Nov 8, 2021
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Dale. He was a true friend to our family. Thoughts and prayers to you.
Donna pretzer (Bismarck, North Dakota )
Nov 8, 2021
So saddened to hear of dales passing. I as well as my kids have many great memories of our years in Rugy. God bless all of you in this difficult time
Ron Piesik (Williston, ND)
Nov 8, 2021
I was Dale's neighbor for 20 years he was a great man always willing to help. I will miss him . God Bless his family.
Dennis Hoffelt
Nov 8, 2021
May his life so well lived offer you relief and the memories made give you reason to smile in such difficult times. Dale was a friend from boyhood which I will always remember.
Doug Johnson (Wilton, ND)
Nov 8, 2021
I worked with Dale at KGCA radio in Rugby and learned a lot about broadcasting from him....he was a kind and gracious man....so sorry you lost him Sandy.....take care.
Wayne and JoAnne Colebank (Williston, ND)
Nov 9, 2021
Every visit with Dale made us smile, and often laugh out loud - one of the greatest storytellers! Many times he would come up to lock up the church when the Glory Band was practicing (one of the duties of property committee members). He always requested a good old country song and then we all heard one or two of his jokes! He was a fun, kind man and we’ll miss his visits! Rest in God’s peace, Dale, until we meet again.
kelly barkie (polson, montana)
Nov 11, 2021
Sandra & family sorry to here the passing of Dale he was a friend since day 1 R.i.P. Dale
Scott Studsrud (Williston, ND)
Nov 12, 2021
Dale was a good hearted person with a wonderful sense of humor that I enjoyed each time I had the chance to talk with him. He always made me laugh with his quick wit! Sincere condolences to all his family and friend.
Kathleen S,ith (Williston, ND)
Aug 9, 2022
Dale was recommended for siding my house, and within a few hours Dale seemed like a kind friend I had known all my life.. The world needs more people like him. My prayers and Sympathy are with Wife Sandy and son Mike. All who knew him are Blessed having him in their lives.
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