Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory
Surrounded by his loving family, Dale Edward Nordberg went home to be with the Lord on the 11th of August 2019 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The second of four children of Earl and Margaret Nordberg, Dale was born November 9, 1944 in Yakima, Washington. Growing up in Selah and Naches, he was an adventurous person and loved working outdoors. He learned to operate farm equipment in his parents’ fruit business at an early age. From the orchards to the warehouse in Gleed, he drove forklifts, straddle trucks, and anything in between. He loved cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, excavators, and pretty much anything with wheels or tracks and an engine. Dale was a Vietnam War veteran, where he learned there were three ways to do things – the right way, the wrong way, and the Army way. After his honorable discharge he changed that adage and taught his three sons – there’s the right way, the wrong way, and the Dale way! His way was always the fastest and most efficient, albeit not always the safest.
Dale fell in love with Dorothy Sanders and they married on March 12, 1971. They bought their first home and had their first son while Dale drove logging truck for Jefferson Logging. He earned the reputation as always delivering no matter how adverse the conditions. Four years later they bought his dream property – an apple orchard with a home. They continued to improve the property and were blessed with two more sons.
In 1985, Dale moved his family to Royal City and took over operations of a several hundred acre orchard, where he continued to pioneer new and innovative ways to produce high quality fruit. In 1998, he retired from farming and he and his wife returned to their home on Naches Heights, where he spent the rest of his life.
He was fortunate to be able to spend the next two years with his older brother Ray trading stocks. After that he returned to his roots, driving straddle trucks and operating farm machinery, including excavators. He always loved the challenge of trying to do more than he did the day before.
Dale’s faith in God and family meant everything to him. He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Dorothy, three sons, Mark, Derrick (Maria), and Chad (Carrie), a daughter, Kim Rhine, two grandsons, Tyler and Logan Nordberg, and a granddaughter, Madi Alton. He is also survived by a brother, Gary (Judy) Nordberg and a sister, Marlys (Duane) Dolliver, as well as in-laws, Mary (Harold) Fredrickson, John and Wayne Sanders, and nieces, nephews, and cousins by the dozens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Margaret Nordberg, a brother, Ray Nordberg, and a grandson, David (DJ) Rose, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Stone Church (3303 Englewood Ave., Yakima, WA). The family wishes to thank the Virginia Mason Memorial Hospice and North Star Lodge staff for their care. In lieu of flowers, please send donations for Cottage in the Meadow to Brookside Funeral Home (PO Box 1267, Moxee, WA 98936) in memory of Dale Nordberg. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.brooksidefuneral.com.