POLO – We were saddened by the passing of Pete M. Dinsmoor who left this earthly plane on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, aged 71 years. He was born April 8, 1946, in Austin, Minnesota, the youngest of his siblings raised on the family farm. Pete often regaled friends with stories of his youth in Minnesota, involving his beloved cow, Gus, and his father’s rapport with animals.
After graduating with the Class of 1964 from Lyle High School and lettering in football, he enlisted in the Army and was an aircraft instrument repairman, completing basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Pete qualified as a sharpshooter with the M14 rifle and deployed to Vietnam, serving from 1965 to 1968, earning five overseas service bars while his 119th Assault Helicopter Co., the Alligators, earned a Meritorius Unit Citation. Pete survived when his helicopter gunship was shot out of the sky, crashing into the jungle twice. He was honorably discharged from the Army Reserve in 1971.
In civilian life after the war, Pete left Minnesota and moved to the Rock River valley, finding work in Dixon and Rochelle. He was twice married and divorced, and eventually landed in Polo, where he was employed at Olsen’s Elevator & Feeds, PNC, and Kyk’s Repair, before retirement.
Pete was a colorful character and talented tinkerer, who enjoyed many outdoor activities, along with cooking and the collecting of “stuff and things.” He cared for numerous cats that adopted him due to his kindly spirit.
Pete is survived by his sister, Myrna Ganrude of Albert Lea, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by both parents and two brothers.
A graveside service with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at Fairmount Cemetery in Polo. A reception will follow at Pinecricker Cafe in Polo.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted.