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Daniel L. McCardle

Daniel L. McCardle

Dan McCardle, 95, of Elmwood, passed away peacefully at his home on May 8, 2019. Dan was a kind, caring and gentle man who leaves behind many friends and admirers with his passing.

Dan was born in Olivet, WI, on March 16, 1924 to William and Hazel McCardle. He was the youngest of three children having an older brother, Neil and sister, Mary.

Dan attend Olivet Country School for grades 1-8 and was an active member of the area softball team, serving as the catcher for many years. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1941 where he was a trumpet player in the school band. Upon graduation, he promptly enlisted in the military only to receive a medical deferment.

Dan married Lorraine Baier in 1949 after meeting at a dance at Proch’s Ballroom in Ellsworth. From this union, four children were born. Lorraine passed away in 1973 from an extended illness.  Dan married Kathleen Christensen Johnson in 1976, and another sibling joined the McCardle family. 

Dan was a dairy farmer in the Olivet area, proudly raising purebred Belgian Draft horses, palomino Tennessee Walking horses and Dalmatian dogs. He also worked for Iowa Pork Industries and for the Emerson and Erickson families in their Arabian horse-breeding operations. Also, Dan was a longstanding member of The Belgian Draft Horse Association, showing his award-winning Belgians at various events. 

Dan proudly served on the Pierce County Board, Elmwood Area School Board, the Federal Housing Administration Board and the Federated Library System Board of Trustees. 

Dan always respected and appreciated the friendship and support he received from the Baier and Christensen families. Their support during life’s challenges was always remembered fondly. He was a life-long member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Churches of Spring Valley and Elmwood and always active in church activities. 

Dan is preceded in death by his parents, William and Hazel McCardle, brother Neil, sister Mary Spindler and wife Lorraine. 

He is survived by his wife, “Kitty,” son Pat (Cheryl) of River Falls, WI, daughter Sue Christenson (Jim) of Spring Valley, WI, son Jeff (Mary) of Fort Myers Beach, FL, daughter Lori Platz (David) of Madison, WI, son Kristopher Johnson of St. Paul, MN, along with 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous other family members.

Dan always recognized the good virtues in everyone and practiced modesty and humility throughout his life. He acquired numerous friends through his life and gained the respect of many. He will be greatly missed, but remembered forever by those who felt his kindness and compassion.

A sincere thank you is extended to St. Croix Hospice and Dr. Edward Wojciechowski for their compassionate care and concern. 

Memorials may be made in Dan’s name to the organization or charity on one’s choice. 

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Monday May 13, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Prince Raja officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Spring Valley. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to0 7:00 PM Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.


  1. Bill Emerson

    Dan was a dear family friend of mine for many years.My dad grew up with Dan and i was proud to call him my friend.God bless all of you in this hard time.

  2. Jennifer (Hanson)Gergen

    My sincere sympathy to Dan’s family. I am Lorne Hanson’s daughter, Jennifer. Our families met through church and I even had Pat, as a CCD teacher, in high school. The whole family were very nice people and i’m So Sorry for your loss!
    My mom and dad welcomed him, he’s with God and lots of people he knew, on earth!????????

  3. Margie Collett

    My sympathies to Dan's family. He was a great man who leaves an amazing legacy. Sincerely, Margie

  4. Lisa Schaffer

    I worked with Dan at Iowa Pork Industries back in the early 80’s. He was the kindest man I’ve ever met. There’s a special place in Heaven for him! Deep condolences to his family❤️

  5. Judi Bauer

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family Kitty, Dan was one special guy. Sending prayers

  6. Gary and Rosey Asher

    Our sincere sympathy to you Kitty, and the entire McCardle family. May God's love and the peace of Christ surround you all.
    Gary and Rosey Asher

  7. Sister Mary Frances Traynor

    Dear family of Dan,
    My prayers are with you as you say good-bye to a gentle, noble man. I have fond memories of Dan from many years ago as well as most recently when returning to Spring Valley. May he be a model and example to each of you as he continues to live on in the memories that have penetrated your hearts. Celebrate his life! Prayers and blessings, Sister Mary Frances Traynor

  8. Becky (Holt) Mintz

    Dear McCardle family and Kitty, I was sorry to hear that Dan passed out of your lives this week. He was such a nice man. When I used to stay overnight with Sue, her dad always welcomed me and made me feel important. You were all blessed to have him in your lives. Please accept my condolences in your loss and sadness.

  9. Ramona Traynor Sutherland

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. I will always remember Dan as a wonderful neighbor, always kind and upbeat to everyone-- and his great smile and willingness to help others. He will be missed by many. May he rest in peace. Sincerely, Ramona Traynor Sutherland

  10. Carol Freier

    So sorry for your loss, Jeff.

  11. Mike & Alona Christensen

    Aunt Kitty,
    Some of my fondest memories as a kid are spending it with you all. Uncle Dan put in a hard day's work and deserves a peaceful rest. Our hearts and prayers are with you, Kristen and the rest of the family.
    Love, Mike, Alona, Jessica, Mikie, and Sam.

  12. Greg Kaiser

    Jeff - Sorry to hear of your loss. My family and I pray for you.

    Greg Kaiser

  13. Dan Goodwin

    Sorry to hear your loss.

  14. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the McCardle Family. Dan was the definition of what a ”gentleman” is or should be. He always greeted us with a handshake and a smile. Rest in Peace Dan. Suzi & Mark

  15. Susan Springer Keith

    So many memories of my father (Dr Frank) and Dan sharing their love of horses. After a long day at work, Dad would often take me and go up to Dans farm to look at and ride a new standard bred walking horse Dan was considering acquiring. Dad would ride the horse around a circle with Dan in the middle and afterwards they’d discuss the merits of the horse. Dad acquired several horses from Dan, one of which was Helen, a beautiful standard bred walker who was 30 at the time, very old for a horse. Amazingly to all, she got pregnant and produced another beautiful horse whose father was unknown.
    Often I and other friends would ride to Dans farm and back—about a 13 mike round trip which left us very sore the next few days.
    I never knew a kinder man than Dan and I am so glad to have the warm memories of him and my father.

  16. Jill (Baier) & Tom Bennwitz

    Kitty & McCardle Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss of Dan. May God Bless.

  17. Judy Larrieu

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Jeff and Mary.

  18. Brenda & Gordy Smith

    Sue & family, So sorry for your huge loss.

  19. Joe and Jan Drier

    Our Thoughts and Prayers to you Kitty and all the Family!

  20. Paula (Schutz)Biestervld

    He was a wonderful man, glad to have know him and his wife. Sympathy's to you Mrs. McCardle and family.

  21. Sara Breeggemann


    So sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. He was a kind & gentle man & good friend to all.

  22. Sandra Thompson

    My heart is so saddened and goes out to you Kitty and your family. Dan was such a good man and will be missed. One of those men that you always enjoyed seeing...always had a friendly smile and so full of kindness!

  23. Belinda & Jim Foley

    Sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts & prayers.

  24. Linda & Dan

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of you-
    Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.

  25. David and Joye Moon

    We have been fortunate to have met Dan through Pat and Cheryl McCardle many years ago. A kind and gentle man will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with the entire family.

  26. Steve & Diane Radle

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers. Dan was such a sweet man.

  27. Jeri Morris

    Dan was a wonderful man and you both were great neighbors to Mom and Dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time......

  28. Jerry and Joyce Kendall

    We lost a good person today. Dan was respected by all who knew him. He will be missed by many.

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