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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI

OBITUARY

Dale Jerome Pung

November 27, 1954September 5, 2020
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What defines the measure of a man? For Dale Jerome Pung of Dewitt, MI, it wasn’t personal success or accolades. Dale knew that life could change in an instant, and lived his life so that each instant mattered. Paralyzed in a car accident at age 18, Dale never let his physical limitations define his ability to live life to the fullest.

He reveled in bringing joy and opportunity to others. His family meant more to him than anything. He loved his wife, Linda, dearly, and he was his daughter Tori’s biggest fan, attending every cheer competition always with bags of candy for the team in hand. He doted on his two granddaughters, Lacy and Camden, and was never too busy to fix their toys. A former foster father, he shared what he had most to give – his time and kind heart. He stayed in touch with two special foster children, Jason (Scottie) and Kitana Dye.

He not only loved to learn how to do new things, Dale also loved to teach, sharing his wisdom wherever he could. From yardwork, to fixing tractors to everyday life skills, Dale enjoyed passing on what he had learned. His passion for helping others was also evident through his commitment to sustainability which he practiced by growing his own food and using solar power. Most importantly, Dale did for others without expecting any recognition or praise, always doing random acts of kindness to make sure everyone was taken care of well but never wanting them to know he was behind it.

Above all, Dale loved his family and relished being a father and grandfather. Although they attended rival high schools, that couldn’t keep Dale apart from his wife, Linda, who he adoringly called “kid”. They started dating after high school and enjoyed 29 years of marriage. He provided for his family by working for more than 40 years for the State of Michigan as an IT specialist. He was hardworking and always dependable. His reliability was never more apparent than him putting off retirement, despite the encouragement of… well, everyone. This determination was not surprising to anyone who knew him after a life lived staying active and refusing to let obstacles stand in his way.

Although Dale was no stranger to excitement (he once saved three people from an overturned car), he most enjoyed the simple, familiar things in life. He relished time spent outdoors, John Deere tractors, the History channel, fishing on Rainbow Lake, and following church with a good breakfast at Flapjack’s… usually chicken fingers because no matter how long the menu, or how many questions he’d ask the servers about it, Dale always ended up with chicken fingers. He also enjoyed Sunday afternoon drives spent admiring well preserved barns, much like his own.

Born Nov. 27, 1954, Dale followed his parents, Donald and Bernadette Pung and brother, Gary Pung in death on Sept. 5, 2020. He will be lovingly missed and cherished by his surviving family, his wife, Linda (Harmon); his daughter, Victoria (Dan) Salinaz; his granddaughters, Lacy and Camden; his brother, Randy (Deanna) Pung; and his sisters, Sharon (Chris) Fink and Sue (Jim) Thelen; and his constant companion the family dog, Abella, who would not leave his side during his time in hospice care.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, September 11 at 10am at the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 810 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, MI. Visitation is scheduled at the church on Thursday from 4-8pm. A Rosary will be prayed at 7:30.

Those desiring may make contributions in Dale’s honor to the Catholic Community of St. Jude, 810 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, MI 48820 or to Sparrow Home Hospice, 1210 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI 48915.

Online condolences at www.grdewitt.com

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jacob Pung
  • Jeremy Pung
  • Ethan Thelen
  • Ryan Harmon
  • Jackson Martin
  • Jeff Wieber
  • Nick Farley
  • Trevor Thelen
  • DONATIONS

  • Catholic Community of St. Jude
  • Sparrow Home Hospice

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Rosary Service

    Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, September 11, 2020

Memories

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Richard Pung Stewart

September 13, 2020

Dear Linda and Family,
Libby and I are deeply saddened to learn of Dale's passing. He was a strong man with a genuine smile and kind words every time we saw him. Your family and Uncle Donald's entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With sincere sympathies,
Richard and Libby

Dan Schueller

September 12, 2020

Linda, Sorry to hear of the lost of your husband, my prayers and thoughts are with you and family. He was a great neighbor many years back at the Ravines in G. L., always had a smile and time to chat. Will be missed.
Dan

Liz Nobis

September 11, 2020

Linda, I was very sorry to hear about your husband and send thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

Bill Thelen

September 10, 2020

Rest in peace, my friend.

Bill Thelen

Kenneth Partridge

September 10, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Dale's passing. We first worked together in 2001, as all of the IT workers were being pulled from separate agencies into the newly formed Department of Information Technology. At the same time, we were faced with moving network operations for our parent agencies into a brand new building in Dimondale. Several of us from Treasury, DLEG, MDOS, and UIA formed an ad hoc inter-agency workgroup to pool resources and share information. Dale never missed a chance to participate and help move the project along.

Debi Dechow (Theis)

September 10, 2020

I have such great memories of our childhood. The farm was always such a great place to have fun and make lifetime memories (minus the warm cows milk)!! And then adult life living so close and enjoying the night life!! Rest In Peace dear cousin and say hello to Gary and your mom and dad.

Brian Theis

September 10, 2020

The Pung Farm. I have lived in Texas for 40 years, and each time I return to Michigan, I pass the Pung farm. Visiting as children, this place was unique, as everyone always had a good time, From Gary, to Dale and Randy squirting milk at an unsuspecting little boy. To Don's loud laugh and Bernie, adorned with apron, in the kitchen. To Sharon and Susie, letting me help gather eggs from the chicken coup. To each of you, it was work. To me, it was heaven on earth. I thank you all for the memories of a life time. Rest in peace Dale, Your memory continues on in each of us.

Smriti Zutshi

September 10, 2020

Sorry for your Loss. Knew Dale from work , he was an awesome person to work with , very helpful and cheerful .
God give strength to his family in this difficult time.
Rest in Peace Dale.

Shirley Nowakowski

September 9, 2020

Linda - I am so very very sorry for your loss of Dale. It sounds like he was an exceptional person and will be greatly missed by you, your family, and many others who knew him.

Linda Karek

September 8, 2020

Linda and family,
I am so sorry for the profound loss you are suffering. Know that there will be many prayers as you move forward on your journey.

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Biography

What defines the measure of a man? For Dale Jerome Pung of Dewitt, MI, it wasn’t personal success or accolades. Dale knew that life could change in an instant, and lived his life so that each instant mattered. Paralyzed in a car accident at age 18, Dale never let his physical limitations define his ability to live life to the fullest. He reveled in bringing joy and opportunity to others. His family meant more to him than anything. He loved his wife, Linda, dearly, and he was his daughter Tori’s biggest fan, attending every cheer competition always with bags of candy for the team in hand. He doted on his two granddaughters Lacy and Camden, and was never too busy to fix their toys. A former foster father, he shared what he had most to give – his time and kind heart. He stayed in touch with two special foster children, Jason (Scottie) and Kitana Dye. He not only loved to learn how to do new things, Dale also loved to teach, sharing his wisdom wherever he could. From yardwork, to fixing tractors to everyday life skills, Dale enjoyed passing on what he had learned. His passion for helping others was also evident through his commitment to sustainability which he practiced by growing his own food and using solar power. Most importantly, Dale did for others without expecting any recognition or praise, always doing random acts of kindness to make sure everyone was taken care of well but never wanting them to know he was behind it.
Above all, Dale loved his family and relished being a father and grandfather. Although they attended rival high schools, that couldn’t keep Dale apart from his wife, Linda, who he adoringly called “kid”. They started dating after high school and enjoyed 29 years of marriage. He provided for his family by working for more than 40 years for the State of Michigan as an IT specialist. He was hardworking and always dependable. His reliability was never more apparent than him putting off retirement, despite the encouragement of… well, everyone. This determination was not surprising to anyone who knew him after a life lived staying active and refusing to let obstacles stand in his way.
Although Dale was no stranger to excitement (he once saved three people from an overturned car), he most enjoyed the simple, familiar things in life. He relished time spent outdoors, John Deere tractors, the History channel, fishing on Rainbow Lake, and following church with a good breakfast at Flapjack’s… usually chicken fingers because no matter how long the menu, or how many questions he’d ask the servers about it, Dale always ended up with chicken fingers. He also enjoyed Sunday afternoon drives spent admiring well preserved barns, much like his own.

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