Dale Rediess, 49, of Great Falls (Montana), a farmer, died of undetermined natural causes Tuesday at his home. At his request, no services are planned. An old-fashioned potluck wake is 5 p.m. today at the Sun River Skeet Club on Central Avenue West. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Survivors include his mother, Carolyn Carey of Jacksboro, Texas; nieces Jenna Lee and Jessica Richardson of Jacksboro, Gina and Ally Lear of Riverview, Mich.; nephews Joshua and Zeke Lear of Riverview; sisters Jeanne (Jerry) Richardson of Jacksboro and Leona (Earl) Lear of Riverview. He was preceded in death by his father Edward Rediess of Brush, Colo.

Dale was born and raised on the family ranch near Gary, Colo. He learned to ride wild broncs, fix fence and move hay before he hit the fourth grade. In junior high, he moved with his family to a place near Savanna, Ill. During his four years there, he worked as a farm hand on the Schoenhaar Farm. During his freshman year he moved to Fargo, Texas. He worked on the Goins Farm at Fargo, and also worked on a custom combining crew for Wiley Thomas and Son. In the winter he worked as a ginner’s helper at the Fargo Gin. He continued all of these jobs throughout high school and beyond. While still in his teens, he worked up to ginner and also was a partner in his own custom combining company. He built his own home in Fargo with the help of a master carpenter and friend, Frank King. Dale also learned the art of cabinet making and furniture building.

In the early 1990s he moved north of Great Falls to work for the Riehl Farm. He continued farming until he began working at the Montana Oil Refinery in Great Falls about 10 years ago. He spent the last year and a half of his life building a self-designed ultra high energy efficient two-story home on his place north of Great Falls.

In addition to being a master carpenter, farmer and oil refinery worker, Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman, wildlife enthusiast, outdoor photographer, cowboy shooter and very proud to be an American. He was an endowment member of the NRA and a very active member of the Sun River Rangers Shooting Society, the Sun River Skeet Club of Great Falls, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever organizations. Dale also was a model railroad enthusiast and practicing taxidermist.

He leaves many, many friends whom he also considered “family” and will be fondly remember for many years. Since there will be no funeral, in lieu of flowers, Dale requested that memorials be made to the Sun River Rangers Shooting Society, the Sun River Skeet Club, 5100 Central Ave. W., Great Falls, MT 59405; Pheasants Forever, 1783 Buerkley Circle, St. Paul, MN 55110; National Rifle Association (NRA), 11250 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, WA 22030. Memorials also can be made at the wake on Sunday for distribution to the named organizations. Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries

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