Brown Funeral Home

1480 East Hill Road, Grand Blanc, MI


Donald W Dale

April 14, 1946March 21, 2020

DALE, DONALD WILLIAM age 72, died Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Ascension Genesys Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Donald was born April 14, 1946 in Flint, MI to parents Gordon and Gale (Rundles) Dale. Donald graduated from Dye High School and was past President of the Vietnam Veterans VVA Chapter #175, a member of the Gaines Lions Club, a member of the UAW #659 where he served as Veterans Rep. and Committeeman, a recipient of the Walter Reuther Award, active in the Toys For Tots and the Old News Boys, a volunteer for Hospice, a member of the Saginaw Valley Antique Car Association of Michigan and volunteered for the Goodrich Ambulance Service. He served in the U. S. Navy and very active volunteer in veterans affairs at the Saginaw Veterans Hospital. Don retired from Flint Metal Fab. Donald touched any life he came into with his generous heart and he loved his family dearly. Surviving are children Steve (Tammy) Bearup,, Kristina Ray (Eugene) Gaines, Jeffery L. (Beth) Bearup; grandchildren Kandis (John ) Pfaff, Kasondra (Brandon) Woodard, James L. Bearup, Jennifer Lynn Bearup, Chandler J. Noyce, Sam Bearup; great-grandchildren Cooper Woodard and Ruby Woodard; sister Diane Dale Austin and her husband Daniel; nieces and nephews Michelle Austin, George (Larisa) Austin, Jeelin (Earnest) Austin-Payne, Jennifer (David) Austin-Marshall, Alex (Christina) Austin, David Austin and 9 great nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Gordon, mother Gayle, and brother David Dale Also by his wife Arlene in 2012 “Who he was a Saint to”.

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Craig Newberry

March 29, 2020

I met Don as he came to Toys For Tots in Flint. Don hit the floor running. You would rarely find Don sitting down, he was always moving doing something that needed to be done. We receive massive quantities of cardboard every year and I think Don personally took all of the broken down boxes (which he probably broke down himself) over to the recycling center on Bristol Road. Don drove all over Genesee County picking up countless toys from the Tots collection boxes in sites where we collected toys. Don never said no if you asked him to do something. As a Navy man he was always quick to toss jabs at we "Jarheads" (also known as Marines). Don had a quick, dry sense of humor and could always elicit a smile or belly roar laugh. For all of the people in your life that you lose along the way each makes an imprint on you that you carry along with their memory. For me I will always remember Don's friendly smile, quick wit and willingness to help in any way that he could. I'll miss you Don!

Stephen Schmidt

March 29, 2020

Don was passionate about support for veterans. Don volunteered to serve in the Navy, and served four years on active duty. I recall having lunch with cousin Don and Arlene in Hillsdale, and he said he would not allow Iraq veterans to receive the same bad treatment that Vietnam era veterans received, and his support for veterans was commendable. Rest in peace Don.

David Spillane

March 28, 2020

Don stepped forward after a request went out for volunteers at the Swartz Creek Fine Arts concerts. He helped with parking, trash pick up and anything else needed. He was one unique human being. People like him are few and far between. His example of living and helping those around him are what we need more of, more than ever. Condolences to his family and friends, cherish his memory and live in his honor.

laurel Liddell

March 28, 2020

I met Dale back in the 80's. We worked together at Flint Metal Center. I was working on the Old newsboys fund raiser. He was the one of the guys that would help me take the money to the bank. He also helped me move in the 80's because I didn't know how to drive a stick that well. I said I would muddle thru. Several of the die room die makers and Dale helped. He was such a stand up guy. He went out of his way to help others. He was a true friend. I will miss him dearly

Andy Butts

March 26, 2020

Don was a huge help in the Gaines Area Lions Club and was always willing to help others in need. Lion Don will be missed by many.

Cheryl Molloseau

March 26, 2020

America lost one of the most Patriotic persons that I have ever met, Don Dale! He was a Gentle Quiet Soul but his dedication to our current troops serving overseas, past and/or present was a legacy that he left to many across the globe! My Heart Supports the Troops from the Burton VFW will "NEVER" forget all of the Girl Scout Cookies he made possible for our troops to receive while they were so bravely serving our country in Afghanistan & Iraq over the years. We lost a real true Patriot! He was always there no matter what when it came to our Military! Wow...what an Amazing Man & we are so "Thankful" that we were blessed to have known him. May our Special Don Dale's Legacy continue throughout America! How could it not, if you were blessed by knowing him! My Heart Supports the Troops, Burton VFW Post #2777

Maureen Potter

March 26, 2020

He was a good man and always kind. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Chuck Leighton

March 26, 2020

We were Friends for almost 60 Years and You will be missed My Friend! I will Miss being called "Pops" by a Guy a month and a half older than Me. Rest Well!!

Tanja Routhier

March 26, 2020

I used to see Dale at his dental office. He was always in a good mood, had a funny streak! I was always happy to see him on our schedule for the day.
He was always quick with a one-liner or a witty remark. I’d like to think that he enjoyed his dental visits and I had something to do with that.
My sincere condolences

Dennis Precour

March 26, 2020

My condolences to the family. Don was a really great guy. Enjoyed working with Don and on the Old Newsboys campaigns with him for many years at Metal Fab. Will miss him.