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Douglas Alan Dale, age 71, left his earthly home on July 25, 2021, and is now present with his Savior after his two-year journey with pancreatic cancer. Doug was born in Midland, Michigan, on February 17, 1950, to the late Stanley and Virginia (Arnold) Dale. He attended Forest Elementary School in Auburn until 1961 when his parents moved to what is now the Dale family farm in Midland. Doug then attended Bullock Creek Public Schools and graduated in 1968. He married Peggy Marie Shepherd on June 19, 1971. He retired from his career with the Midland County Road Commission at the age of 47 and subsequently worked at Woody’s International of Hope, MI, for fifteen years. He then permanently retired in 2010 to enjoy life in the country on the Shepherd family farm in Edenville.

In their early years, Doug and Peggy enjoyed spending time in northern Michigan on their dune buggy; later with their sons, summers were enjoyed boating, camping, and exploring Michigan’s lakes and islands. He was also an avid snowmobiler for many years. During retirement, Doug spent numerous hours on his various John Deere tractors and in his woodworking shop. He loved being in the woods logging and splitting wood, working alongside his family. Doug was cherished as a unique, humorous, and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He was a longtime member at Hope Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher.              

Surviving are Doug’s wife of fifty years, Peggy (Shepherd) Dale, his sons David (Iris) Dale of New York, Daren (Lisa) Dale of Edenville, and grandsons Drew, Will, Jack, Luke, and Lucius Dale. Doug also leaves behind his loving sister Lori (Chris Montague) Dale; brothers-in-law Robert Shepherd and Craig (Teresa) Shepherd; and sister-in-law Jackie (Joe) Balzola. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Dale Hignite. Doug’s ultimate joy in life was knowing and being known by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He will forever be remembered for his cheerful, generous, and affectionate nature.

Visitation will be held from 4-5pm for family and from 5-7pm for friends at Smith Miner Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 28. A funeral service will be held at 11am on Thursday, July 29, at Hope Baptist Church, 5525 N. Hope Road, Hope, MI 48628. Friends will be received for visitation at 10am until the time of service. Immediately following, interment will take place at the New Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hope Baptist Church or Calvary Baptist Church.  

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Dale family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Scott A coltson

    30 July 2021 2 months ago

    Peggy and family
    So sorry for your loss,but what a joy to know we’ll all be together again with our blessed Lord whom doug served so faithfully for so many years.

  2. Marilyn garrison

    28 July 2021 2 months ago

    Peggy and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Doug and regret terribly that we will be our of town for the visitation and funeral.
    You know that God is so good all the time and will be your strength and shield.


    28 July 2021 2 months ago

    Wish we could have spent more time with Doug, we enjoyed thier friendship so much. He will be missed. It was a joy and an honor to be a friend to Doug.. and enjoyed his daily devotions and explanations of the devotion.

  4. Ryan & Amy DeHaven

    27 July 2021 2 months ago

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dale family during this time of loss.

  5. Jim and Carol Schaefer

    27 July 2021 2 months ago

    Prayers and thoughts of comfort to the Dale family.
    I was a high school Bullock Creek High School friend to Lori Dale. Jim and Carol Schaefer

  6. Todd & Lori Rippee

    26 July 2021 2 months ago

    Our prayers go out for the Dale family and all the good memories throughout the years and years of with the family and he’ll be missed and be never forgotten .

  7. Mark musselman

    26 July 2021 2 months ago

    I spent many weekends with Doug and his best friend Rich Cole at snowmobile shows and race schools all over the country. Doug was always smiling and always had a good words to say. Shows were never quite the same after Doug retired from doing the shows. He touched so many people and made so many people laugh. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  8. Elwin Haines

    26 July 2021 2 months ago

    We are so sorry and distressed that we all had to go this painful experience to get Doug to the promised life and reward.

  9. Keri & Dan Gisslen

    26 July 2021 2 months ago

    Doug was a very special person who will be greatly missed. We loved his sense of humor and friendliness. For our wedding, he made us a beautiful wood bench that is in our entryway, and we think of your family every day. We praise the Lord with you that he is in Heaven, and that we will see him again soon. Hugs to your family!

  10. Andrew Hoy

    26 July 2021 2 months ago

    Prayers for the Dale family! I will always cherish all the memories I have of such a wonderful man. We were so blessed to have known him.

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