Mr. Dale Winston Magnuson, age 92, of Shelbyville, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012, at The Heart Remembers.
Memorial services will be held 2 PM Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Reverend Stephen Caine will officiate. Interment will be at Highland Memorial Park in Knoxville, Tennessee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Marvin, Francis, and Marion.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Doris Magnuson of Shelbyville; sons: Dwight (Brenda) Magnuson, Boise, Idaho, Paul (Jean) Magnuson, Chamblee, Georgia, Phillip (Gayl) Magnuson, Boise, Idaho; daughters: Christina (William) Flynt, Duluth, Georgia, and Carol (Charles Stimpson) Magnuson, Shelbyville, Tennessee; a sister, Joyce Fritz Minchella, Mesa, Arizona; grandchildren, Laura (Craig) Flynt Clum, Nathan (Katherine Hoffman-Flynt) Flynt, Jon (Erika) Magnuson, Clayton Beamer, Carrie (Amber Holland) Magnuson, Kendra (John) Szudera, Heather (Andrew) Parks, Andrew Stimpson, Alan (Megan) Stimpson, Emily (Tim) Stimpson Hall, Sandra Burch, Linnea Davis, David (Erica Deurkoop) Magnuson, Axel Magnuson, Erik Magnuson; great-grandchildren: Anna Clum, Samuel Flynt, Alexander Magnuson, Tevia Magnuson, Graham Szudera, Ella Szudera, Eleanor Stimpson, Ashlyn Burch, Jarred Burch, Addie Grace Davis, Allyson Davis.
Dale Winston Magnuson was born May 31, 1920 to Axel Emanuel and Gladys Magnuson and grew up in rural northeastern Nebraska, living on a farm the first part of his life. Farm life and the trials of the depression of the 1930's left an indelible mark on his life. He graduated from high school in Crofton, Nebraska and then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, where he played varsity football and obtained a B.S. in physics in 1941. His graduate studies at Columbia Univ. in N.Y., N.Y. were interrupted by Pearl Harbor. During WWII, He became a part of the Manhattan Project in NYC and Oak Ridge, TN.
He and Doris were married at Riverside Church in NYC Dec. 7, 1944 and moved to Oak Ridge where Dale continued research in nuclear physics for Oak Ridge National Laboratories in various positions until his retirement in 1983. He also completed a PhD from the University of Tennessee in 1952.
With a large, growing family, Dale and Doris moved to Knoxville, TN in 1954 where he became an enthusiastic hiker in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Almost every weekend, he could be found in the mountains heading up family picnics, camping trips and hikes. He became an expert in identifying all the trees and wildflowers in the Smokies.
Dale was an avid gardener, a "greeenie" and "locovore" before those words were known; developing an ever-growing garden and using the bounty throughout each year. He was a voracious reader, especially of history, loved crossword puzzles, folk dancing, the Knoxville Symphony, playing bridge with friends and watching college football, especially Nebraska. He was an active member of Bearden United Methodist Church in Knoxville for over 50 years, often helping with a local food outreach program and Habitat for Humanity.
He accepted a 2-year position with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria in 1966. He took his family all over Europe camping and exploring other cultures as often as possible. Their travel bug continued back in the USA after retirement when Dale and Doris continued their adventures with trips abroad through Elderhostel learning programs and through the US with their camper truck.
At age 88 he and Doris moved to Shelbyville, TN to the assisted living facilities at The Carriage House and The Heart Remembers.
Memorials can be made to your charity of choice.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to service at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel.