I got to know Dale Snesrud when the local racquetball club opened up in the late 70s (now called the Northfield Athletic Club.) Dale and his sons were avid players and got so into the sport that he and son Kyle eventually bought the club. Northfield has more racquetball players per capita than anywhere in the state and much of that is due to the enthusiasm that Dale, his sons and grandsons brought to the sport. They’ve since sold the club but still make it their racquetball home away from home.
I last blogged here about Dale in 2007 when he wrote an eloquent heroin-related letter to the Northfield News titled ‘Holy Discontent.’
I stopped by his house this morning to take his photo. As you can see, although he’s lost weight and is in a lot of pain, he still has that same mischievous smile.
Here’s Elliot’s letter with the details:
As some of you may know my grandpa, Dale Snesrud, has had cancer for quite a few years. Up until recently he had still worked and played racquetball and golf on a regular basis. He had now found out that he doesn’t have much time left with all of us but he still has a lot of medical bills to pay for. So we have decided to hold a tournament the weekend of Halloween, October 29-30, to help raise money to pay for some of his medical bills; which all profit from this tournament will go towards.
We would all greatly appreciate if you can make it. We are not planning on paying out for Men’s Open but we are working on sponsors for gifts and silent auction items. So if you are interested or know of somebody that would be willing to donate items for the silent auction, please let me know. All money will in part be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. WE WILL BE LIMITING THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS TO 40 PEOPLE. Any other questions, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family and friends of Dale wanted to take this time to say thank you for your willingness to play this event. We hope Dale’s life’s time of service and faithfulness is at least part of the reason you would play this tournament. We all have so many great memories and shared experiences thank in large part to Dale’s work. The lives he has touched, the friendships, they all add up to a life well lived. We hope this fundraiser can return to Dale a small measure of all the great things he has done!