Dale John Gavin, 89, passed away May 31, 2022 at the Des Moines VA hospice after suffering from complications of cancer. A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on Monday, June 6, 2022 at St Marys Parish Hall. A funeral mass for Dale will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys, Iowa, immediately followed by interment with military honors at St. Marys Cemetery. \r\n\r\n\r\nDale John Gavin was born on May 13, 1933 to Francis and Helen Gavin and was the second oldest of 8 brothers. After high school, Dale joined the Army and served in the Korean War. In 1955, after returning from Korea, he married Patricia (Patty) Miller and they enjoyed a long and loving marriage of 67 years. \r\n\r\n\r\nDale worked for Pittsburgh Des Moines Steel for 10 years, one of his many projects was The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO. However, Dale dreamed of starting his own business and together with his wife, Patty, this dream was realized when they opened Gavin TV and Appliance, which operated for 57 years. Alongside his business, Dale also owned and operated school buses for over 40 years. Dale was well known for his ability to "fix just about anything" and had a known willingness to help people through his handyman skills and impressive tool collection. \r\n\r\n\r\nDale served as Volunteer Fire Chief for 28 years, and in partnership with many others was responsible for starting the St. Mary's Volunteer Fire Department in the 1970s. In 1990, he was instrumental in the building of a new large fire station. This new facility was built solely through fundraising and labor donations and without reliance on tax-payer money. In recognition of this achievement, Dale was awarded the Hometown Hero award by the Governor. He was also awarded a medal on the 50th anniversary of the Korean War from the South Korean Ambassador in Des Moines and the Ambassador of Peace medal in a ceremony in South Korea. \r\n\r\n\r\nDale was very involved in his community including the American Legion and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. In addition, he served as an Emergency First Responder and unofficial Tornado chaser. Dale and Patty enjoyed extensive travel and were "snowbirds" in Mission, Texas for 22 years. \r\n\r\n\r\nDale is survived by his wife, Patty (Miller) Gavin; their five children, Pam Gavin, Cathy (Scott) Wiegert, Tim (Mary) Gavin, Beth (John) Manley, and Alan (Emily) Gavin; grandchildren, Jason (Tracie) Wiegert, Jessica (Jarret) Sheets, Dillon Gavin, Nick Gavin, Erin Manley, Gavin (Brandi) Manley, Noah Gavin, Zach Gavin, Sean Gavin; great-grandchildren, AJ & Sean Wiegert, Sophie & Adeline Sheets, Beau & Gabriella Manley; his seven brothers, Don (Joanne) Gavin, Jim (Dorothy) Gavin, Bob (Janice) Gavin, Ben (Pam, deceased) Gavin, Joe (Joyce) Gavin, Frank (Helen) Gavin, and David (Jeannette) Gavin. \r\n\r\n\r\nDale's family would like to express thanks to the entire St Mary's community for their on-call support in Dale's final days as well as Good Samaritan, Every Step Hospice, and VA Hospice. Memorial contributions can be sent to Saint Mary's Fire Department, PO Box 95, St Mary's, IA 50241, or Gofundme.com/the-battle-is-on-for-aj-sean.