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Joseph "Dale" Greiner

September 30, 1940 — September 24, 2018

Joseph “Dale” Greiner, 77, of rural Reinbeck, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family and devoted and dearly loved dog, Muffin - under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 26th, from 5-7 p.m., with sharing of memories beginning at 7 p.m. at French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. The Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 27th, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 21275 U Avenue, Reinbeck, Iowa. Burial will follow the service at the Reinbeck Cemetery.  A luncheon will be held at the church immediately following the burial.  Online messages of condolence may be made to the Greiner family at

Joseph Dale Greiner, son of Joe and Catharyn (Reis) Greiner was born at home on the family farm on September 30, 1940, in Tama County, Iowa. He was educated at Dinsdale Schools, graduating class of 1958. Following high school Dale joined the family farm operation. Dale married the love of his life, Bea (Adair) on October 8, 1960. Three children were born to this union - Kim, Rita, and Rodney. Dale and Bea have been blessed with 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Dale and his brother, Dennis, formed D & D Greiner Brothers in 1961 and farmed together for over 40 years. Dale retired from farming in 2002, and since retirement Dales’ son Rodney and grandsons Jordan and Tanner, continue to operate the family farm, which brought Dale great pride and joy. Dale not only farmed, but enjoyed carpentry work, fishing, hunting, and many other hobbies. He built his own family home at age 26, and built recreational ponds on their land so their family and friends could enjoy summer fun in Iowa. In retirement, he converted two motorcoaches into campers for a family trip to Alaska with his siblings. Bea and Dale enjoyed their summer home at Leech Lake, MN, throughout their married life and traveling south in the winter months with their motorhome. Fun-loving Dale was a perfect host and enjoyed entertaining and spending time with family and friends most of all.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Cedar Valley Hospice.

Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Bea, of 57 years, his children - Kim (Jeff) Thesing of Reinbeck; Rita (Mike) Hummel of Conrad; Rodney (Tammy) Greiner of Reinbeck. Grandchildren include: Jeremy (Erica) Thesing, Tara Thesing, Sarah (Kyle) Smith, Jacob (Natalie) Hummel, Jordan (Lauren) Greiner, Tanner Greiner. Great grandchildren include: Leila, Laken, and Lael Thesing; Isaac and Asher Smith. Dales siblings include: Dennis (Pat) Greiner, JoAnn Hulme, Donna (Dean) Larsen, Darlene (Dick) Fleming, and Lucy (David) Swaim.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Catharyn, brother Donald, and brother-in-law Leland Hulme.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-French-Hand Chapel

409 Clark St, Reinbeck, IA 50669

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

Saint Gabriel Catholic Church

21275 U Avenue, Reinbeck, IA 50669

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