In Memory

Dale Popovich (Popovich)

Dale Popovich (Popovich)


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05/25/16 05:49 AM #1    

Bill Sobczak

      The first time I met Dale (Pop's) was at Lincoln Jr. He was in my home room and we hit it off right away.  We played quite a bit of basketball together. After graduating we lost track of each other, until about a year and a half ago. Thanks to Pat Maloney. I'm so glad we made that connection.  Pop's was one of the most up standing guys that I have had the honor of knowing.  I will miss him greatly. 

05/26/16 01:50 PM #2    

John Blin

I enjoyed playing basketball with Pops under Coach "Nuks." He was a bit undersized as a center, even in those days, but he held his own against bigger guys. But more importantly, he was a great teammate. He would always keep an even temperament on the court, especially when a certain guard might lose his. Although I only connected with Dale at reunions, I looked forward to those moments to reconnect and remember. I will miss seeing him on Sep. 30.







08/09/16 04:44 AM #3    

Bill Haug

I new Dale at Lincoln. Great Guy! I got to know him better when he worked for the Overman Company remodeling properties.  He was a realitor back then and I bought some properties from him. He became a well known contractor and built many homes in this area. I think I was the one who got him into Harley's... He enjoyed riding and He and Kate went on many road trips out west. He enjoyed visiting his two kids and grand kids.  He and his son would do a lot of brook trout fishing.  Later in life we would meet and chat about the world we knew,,,and comment on how it is not like our world today.  I will miss him! 

08/11/16 08:14 AM #4    

David Coleman

From Pat Maloney:


08/12/16 12:54 PM #5    

David Coleman

From Margaret St. Marie (Honigman)

09/29/16 10:19 AM #6    

R Scott "Bob" Schofield

I had just a wonderful 4 hr visit with Dale when he was out here in CO for his 4th Infantry (Scout) reunion. I was a adopted by his unit during their memorial service even though I was just an in-country Navy puke.  We talked for hours and when we closed up the meeting room, we shook hands in the lobby and then shook again outside and then again in the parking lot; as if we knew somehow that it was to be the last time. We talked about our time in the last row of Mr. Gastler's POD class and we disagreed about the endless games we played back there: I said hangman and he argued tic tac toe. We conceded, however, that our obvious inattention in that class is the cause of our 2 national embarrassments currently.

I appreciated Dale for his many special talents.  A genuine, low keyed approach to life, smart and with little tolerance for BS, thoughtful and with a skill set in his construction/builder field of which I was in awe. We made a bet as to who was going to retire last and in the meantime, to ski Colorado, tackle some 4x4 routes and for me to finally beat him in basketball. . Then, 36 hours later he passes after spending a day hiking with his son in the Garden of the Gods.

His memorial service was well attended with a diverse mixture of friends including several members of his military unit and their wives who came from all across the country to Duluth to honor him. One of the pictures at his service as of his 2008 visit here with the Harley Boys: Dick Erlander, Bill Haug and Pops who all survived a night at my casa. I know that in a recent Christmas card to Dale and Kate  I wrote that I was honored to be their friend.  I wish I had verbalized that again as we said goodbye.

Dale Popovich was such a genuine, straight forward, calm and good natured man with so many qualities and skills that one could wish to emulate. I miss him dearly.


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