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Dale L. Drum DVM

November 5, 1933 — May 30, 2022

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Siouxland.  Link provided at the bottom.

Dale L. Drum DVM, age 88, of Remsen, IA, passed away Monday May 30, 2022 at Heartland Care Center in Marcus, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Remsen, with Pastor Alan Cummins officiating. Burial will follow in the Remsen Community Cemetery.  Visitation with the family present will be from 5-7p.m. Friday, at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen. 

His parents were Vernon and Ida (Harms) Drum formerly of Lytton, lowa.  Dale, also known affectionately as "Doc" by his many friends, was born November 5,1933 at Lytton, lA.  After graduating from Lytton High School in 1951 he was given the opportunity to receive a baseball scholarship to lowa State. This led him to enroll in the College of Veterinary Medicine. While in college his baseball coach, Cap Timm, was a great father figure for him and gave him great advice and counseling. One of the most memorable things that happened was being able to pitch in the 1957 College World Series in Omaha. He received his degree in veterinary medicine in 1959 and moved to Remsen, lA, where he began his life-long career in veterinary medicine.


He married Marilyn Goettsch on September 9, 1956 in Holstein, lA.  Since Marilyn was a secretary for the lowa State Athletic Department it was only natural they would become acquainted.  After retiring in 1996 they bought a motor home and visited every state in the Union. They enjoyed visiting Mexico, Canada and in many countries in Europe and Caribbean where they made many friends.  After 15 years of traveling, they bought a home in Florida where he enjoyed the golf and warm weather.  He especially loved tailgating with the RV with family and friends at the lowa State football games. He was a very avid Cyclone supporter.  He was also very proud of his children and grandchildren with all their education and accomplishments in life.  One interesting thing he found out in later life was that he had two separate families come to the United States on the Mayflower in 1620. Six generations later the two families were joined in marriage. Naturally, visiting Boston and the Mayflower were on the travel agenda. He also visited the church in Germany where his great grandfather (times 14) was married in 1500. He was so honored to have his first great-grandson named after him in 2021.


Dale was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Remsen. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, lowa Veterinary Medical Association, Interstate Veterinary Medical Association, the lowa State Cyclone Club, the lowa State Letterman's Club, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the lowa State Order of the Knoll, past president of the Remsen Lions Club, served 20 years on the Remsen Union school board with being president the last 10 years.  He also served two terms on the Remsen Golf board being one of the original members to build the golf course.  He loved golfing, fishing, bowling and playing cards and generally chatting with anyone and everyone that would listen. 


Dale is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Remsen; two sons, Steve (Karen) of The Villages, FL, Dan (Alisa) of Kansas City, MO; one daughter Cheryl (Bob) Monette of Hudson WI; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Olga), Laura, Andrew (Christina ), Joe, Sarah (Ryan) Dau, Matt, Megan and one great grandson, Dale J. Drum; two sisters-in-law, Judi Drum of Remsen, IA and Margene Fritz of Holstein, IA; one brother-in law, Dean Goettsch of Flemington, NJ; numerous nieces and nephews


He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Ida Drum; one brother, Duane (Neola) Drum; his father and mother-in-law, William and Helen (Sorensen) Goettsch; in laws, Wayne and Doris Goettsch, Ralph and Lavonne Campbell, Don Fritz and Patricia Goettsch.


Casket bearers will be Capt. Ryan Drum, Laura Drum, Andrew Drum, Capt. Joseph Drum, Matthew Monette, Capt. Ryan Dau.


Thank you to Heartland Care Center and hospice for their great care of Dale.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, June 3, 2022

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

Fisch Funeral Home & Monuments

310 Fulton St, Remsen, IA 51050

Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

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Funeral Service

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

423 S Washington St, Remsen, IA 51050

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