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Dale Robert Acton

January 1, 1962 - January 20, 2019

Dale Robert Acton Dale Robert Acton
    January 27, 2019 | 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
  • Geneva Lutheran Church
    301 S. 3rd Street
    Geneva, Illinois 60134
  • January 27, 2019 | 3:00 P.M.
  • Geneva Lutheran Church
    301 S. 3rd Street
    Geneva, Illinois 60134
  • Burial Location
    Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Primghar, Iowa

Dale Robert Acton age 57, of Geneva, Illinois passed away January 20, 2019. He was born to Robert and Carol Acton in Elmhurst, Illinois. He grew up in Lombard, Illinois and graduated from Glenbard East H.S. He was active in Basketball, Baseball and Track. He attended Iowa State University where he was a record holding high jumper and majored in Graphic Design. He met his wife Lisa in college and they married and began their life together in Ames, Iowa. They moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa, where their son Tayler was born, and Dale began his career in candy sales. His career took him to Arizona, where his daughter Nicole was born, then to North Carolina and eventually to Geneva, Illinois. He concluded his career at Goetze’s Candy Company as Vice President of Sales. Dale was very respected in the confectionery industry and was passionate about working with people. Dale was larger than life in every way. When someone met him they never forgot him. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his loving wife and amazing kids.

He is survived by his loving wife Lisa, son Tayler Acton, daughter Nicole Acton, sisters, Debra Acton, Dawn Acton, stepfather James Turner, cousins, Kim Zielske, Jamie (Jeremiah) Krystofiak and their children Caden & Ryan, Julie (Alex) Smith, mother-in-law Colleen (William) Barker, brother-in-laws, Ryan (Nicole) Lake, Jason Lake, and aunt and uncle in-law Don (Marcia) Faas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law Lenis Lake and sister-in-law Shawn Lake.

Visitation will be 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Geneva Lutheran Church 301 S. 3rd Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation at 3:00 P.M. at Geneva Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Primghar, Iowa. Contributions may be made to Geneva Lutheran Church.


Rod and Connie Lange from Spirit Lake , IA

"Lisa, Taylor and Nicole our deepest sympathy to you and the entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories bring you peace."

Dale Banister from GREEN LAKE, WI

"Lisa, Taylor & Nicole... I am so sorry to hear about your loss! Dale's mother and my mother were very close friends. Close enough to name their sons the same. Dale and I were best of friends throughout our childhood. Unfortunately, I lost contact with him when our family moved out of state during our high school years. I often think about all the good times we had together with our friends from the neighborhood and also tried tracking him down through social media. I am very sorry that we never had a chance to reconnect. I wish you all the best through these hard times. Dale will not be forgotten!"

Heidi Wicks from Spirit Lake , IA

"Lisa, Tayler, Nicole. ~~ So very saddened & shocked to hear you lost Dale! He always had a strong presence & twinkle in his eyes. May the loving memories help you through this time of sorrow. Hugs and love to all of you! R.I.P. Candy Man"

Joe and Shirley Stoll from Primghar, IA

"We were so sorry to hear of Dale's passing Lisa."

Mike and Barb Kearney from Jacksonville, FL

"Dale has been a great friend of the Kearney family since our days at Glenbard East. Dale, Todd, and Larry have a special, best friendship that has endured for over 40 years. Fortunately for many including me as Todd's older brother and Barb, my wife, these three best friends let us join in the happenings and fun in high school, college, and after. Whether a party at the Kearney house, at an Iowa State event, at a Kearney weddings, or more recently at my dad's funeral, we laughed, cried, and enjoyed life. So many great memories. Things we'll always remember about Dale is his sense humor, positive energy, ability to connect with anyone, the great candy, his smile, his kindness but most of all his friendship. Barb and I pray for peace and comfort for your family now and the days ahead."

Keith & April Heitritter from Spirit Lake, IA

"Lisa, Taylor and Nicole - No words can express how sorry we are for your loss. May all the wonderful memories help get you through this difficult time. Dale was a brilliant and talented person who always had a positive attitude and knew how to motivate others. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family."

Coach Jim Carter from Wheaton, IL

"I am truly stunned to hear that one of my favorite high school athletes has passed. I knew Dale as a scrawny freshman in high school who played initially for me on the B basketball team. As he grew an matured it was as if he had been given "springs" in his legs which lead him to place 3rd in the high jump at conference at 5'10" his junior year. What took place the next year was the miracle that everyone likes to hear as he not only won the conference high jump title but also placed 2nd overall in the state, jumping 6'9". I will never forget when Dale cleared 6'9" for the first time. The realization of having accomplished this feet was followed by him skipping over to see me at the fence with his eyes a blaze and his a huge smile on his face. I was so blessed to have coached such a great athlete and person. God bless you Dale Acton!"

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