Dale E. Farbo, 86, of Cando, ND, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Towner County Medical Center in Cando, ND. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, October 16, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Fr. Daniel Musgrave celebrating. Burial will be held at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Cando, ND, immediately following the service. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as Honorary Casket Bearers. Military Honors will be provided.
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Dale E Farbo was born to Leif and Grace (Close) Farbo on August 15, 1934, near Donnybrook, ND. He grew up on one of the Harris farmsteads within a mile and a half of the place where he would spend most of his adult life.
He attended the rural Metcalf School, and graduated from Cando High School in 1952. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. He spent the majority of his time in service as a Radio Repairman in Germany and was able to enjoy travel within Germany and the rest of Europe, with Rome being a major highlight. One of his favorite stories of the time he spent in service occurred during a trip home on leave, when his seat on a flight from Chicago to Fargo was next to then-U.S. Senator Bill Langer.
Following his honorable discharge, he returned home to farm with his parents. He married Betty Freund, also of Cando, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on June 4, 1957, and they had 5 children.
Dale had many interests and was involved in several community organizations.
He became involved with the Farmers Union Cooperative Organization as one of the organizers of the Farmers Union Oil Cooperative of Cando and served on the Board for several years. He also served several terms on the North Dakota Farmers Union Board advocating for family farms. He was also twice endorsed by the District 10 DEM-NPL to run unsuccessfully for the North Dakota Legislature.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed bowling with his buddies, fishing adventures in Canada, deer hunting, and playing cards even though he rarely won. Most recently he appreciated sharing meals and fellowship with his friends at Prairie View Estates. He was the consummate jokester, even if he were the only one to see the humor in the joke. He never completely "retired" from farming but continued the drives to check the crops after he moved to Cando from the farm. He will be dearly missed.
Dale is survived by his children Michael (Nancy), Jeffry (Cyndi), and Scott, all of Cando, eight grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren, plus numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty, infant daughter Nancy Kay Farbo, son Mark Farbo, sisters Joyce Berg and Carol Haugen.