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William Dale Hunter

William Dale Hunter

Tuesday, August 25th, 1959 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with extreme sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Dale “Sally” William Hunter at his residence on the morning of Monday April 20th, 2020. Dale was born in Brandon, MB on August 25th, 1959. He grew up on the farm near Nesbitt, MB along with his younger sister Lana, later farming with his father and uncle. He attended school in Nesbitt, Wawanesa, and later Crocus Plains high school in Brandon to pursue hockey opportunities. He was an avid hockey and baseball fanatic. Throughout his hockey career, he played junior hockey in Swan River, senior hockey for the Wawanesa Jets, and for the Souris Elks. Baseball was a huge part of his life growing up, following his Dad's ball games and playing when he was old enough to join the team.

Dale went to Mayville, North Dakota to pursue a baseball scholarship but chose to return home in 1981. He was known as one of the best baseball players in Western Manitoba for over 20 years. During his baseball career, he played 21 seasons for the Riverside Canucks of the Manitoba Senior Baseball League, and later for the Birtle Blue Jays. As quoted in the Winnipeg Sun, he won two battling titles (once hitting .515 for the season) and was the MSBL’s home run king and RBI leader eight times. His teams won six league championships. In 2008, he was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. After retiring as an active player, Dale enjoyed umpiring at local baseball games.

Dale married Cheryl Sampson in 1981 and they divorced in 1990. His eldest daughter Tasha was born in 1983 and youngest daughter Teagan was born in 1988. He was a huge supporter of the girls in their sports. Tasha with her curling and Teagan with her baseball and volleyball, rarely missing a game. Tasha was married in 2011 to Derek and they have two children, Denver and Mabel. They reside in Vancouver, BC. Teagan and Craig became parents just a few months ago to Gracie. They reside in Grande Prairie, AB. Although his girls and grandchildren lived far away, they always held a special place in his heart. He enjoyed FaceTime calls as a way to stay connected.

Dale held various jobs throughout the years, farming in Nesbitt until the early 90’s then going on to work in Northern Manitoba. He tried his hand at different employment opportunities including the oil industry and MTS, but he was always drawn to home and his passion involved working on the farm. In 2004, he met Kim Dalman at a New Years Eve event in Ninette, MB. In 2007, they were married and lived on a farm near Belmont, MB along with her daughter Kirby. He then purchased some cows and took pride in his small herd of cattle. He loved spending time with them, often taking pictures and videos of the baby calves.

In 2011, our grandson Korbyn came into our lives with open arms. Dale was so proud to raise this little man as his own. Sometimes, it is quite evident in Korbyn’s character that Dale is the father figure.

Dale’s past leisure interests included farming, hockey, baseball, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and spending time at the cabin with his friends. He also valued spending time with his cousins. More recently, Dale had been following surrounding community baseball and hockey games, pontooning on the lake in front of their home in the summers, camping, and also enjoyed shooting gophers on the farm.
Dale had a huge heart and was such a kind person. His sense of humor and personality left a mark wherever he went. He had an exceptional ability to remember names. Anyone crossing Dale’s path, young or old, he would remember their name. He loved to live life around family, friends, and farming. Equally important, he valued relationships formed and maintained over the years. He chose to live life to the fullest and made sure his health never held him back and never complained.

He is survived by his parents Gord and Marlene Hunter, sister Lana Hunter (Drew), wife Kim Hunter, father-in-law Lew Dalman, mother and father-in-law Esther and Byron Clark, Uncle Jack Mealy, Uncle Bill Mealy(Joyce), Aunt Marlene Mealy, Aunt Lois Grieves, daughters Tasha Jory (Derek) & Teagan Hunter (Craig), step-daughters Kayla & Kirby Dalman, grandchildren Denver Jory, Mabel Jory, Gracie Ruether, adopted grandson Korbyn Dalman, many cousins, and extended family.
He was a son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, cousin, husband, father, papa, nephew & friend. He will be deeply missed by everyone and never forgotten

A Celebration of Dale’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Wawanesa Recreation Arena, (made payable to the Souris River Recreation Commission), Box 278, Wawanesa MB R0K 2G0 or donations will be accepted towards Dale’s adopted grandson Korbyn Dalman at gofundme.com/f/dalehuntermemorial, or to a charity of
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Josephine Lindley

Posted at 11:37am
To Gord, Marlene, Lana and families,
Spending time on the farm in Nesbitt with your family, keeping in touch over the years through Lucy and others seems like just a short time ago. I remember babysitting Dale, Tim, Terry and Lana. I find no words to say how you must be feeling at this difficult time. Dale packed a lot of living in his shortened life on earth. Just as God picks special flowers for his garden; So, He has chosen the best, Dale. for His sports teams. Grieve and treasure the wonderful memories.
We send our heartfelt condolences, prayers, and love.
Rest in Peace Dale.
We are honored to have known a man that lived life to it fullest.
God bless and strengthen you as you go through another valley in life.
May it help to know YOU are not alone.
Leonard & Josie Lindley
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Ray Smart

Posted at 10:29am
To the Hunter family, we offer our sincere condolences on the passing of Dale. He was a good man and a good friend and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him! With our deepest sympathy, Ray and Vicki Smart
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Gord & Barb Manning

Posted at 12:26pm
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. With Sincere Sympathy ! Gord & Barb
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Esther Clark

Posted at 01:31pm
To Gord, Marlene, Lana, Tasha, Teagan & families: It is with profound sadness that we offer our condolences to you all on Dale's passing. Will always remember Dale for his big heart and the caring way he accepted Korbyn into his life and heart, giving him the father (papa) he never had. He and Korbyn were best buddies and he will forever hold a place in Korbyn's heart. As Korbyn put it, "He was my world". It is still so hard to believe he is gone, but will always rmember Dale with his big smiles, quiet manner and the great memories we all shared with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! God bless! Byron & Esther Clark
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Del & Joyce McDougall

Posted at 12:38pm
Kim and family, Gord, Marlene, Lana, Drew, Tasha, Teagan and families
So very sorry for your loss.
Del & Joyce
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