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Dale E Nowlen

January 14, 1939July 28, 2020

Dale E. Nowlen 81, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday July 28, 2020 after a long and arduous battle with his health, surrounded by his loving family. Dale was born on January 14, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan to Henry and Alice (Tipper) Nowlen, the oldest of 10 children and was raised in Walled Lake, MI. Dale served in the USAF which brought him to Madison, Wisconsin. He married Carole Slowey in 1958 and had 2 daughters. He worked for Martichick, Inc in Madison as a long-haul semi-truck driver. In the 1990’s, his charm and good looks lead him into a movie and documentary film career at Old Tucson as a cowboy in the westerns. Some of his movies included Tombstone and The Quick and the Dead. Dale married the love of his life, Judy Liddicoat on December 3, 1980. They nurtured and loved their blended family and created a life filled with love, laughter, respect, hard work and a very healthy dose of fun. They moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1990. Together, the well-synced team of Dale and Judy founded their business of New Challenge Day Centers in Tucson, AZ. Dale was a very brave and fearless person, but was also very well known for his funny, wisecracking and witty personality. There may have been a “few” times when his crusty and gruff exterior was apparent, but it was not too far from his very kind and generous heart. He was truly one of a kind with his sarcastic demeanor and quick wit, but also had quite a twinkle in his eyes when the remarks were thrown back at him just as quickly. His loyalty and devotion to building and maintaining the long-standing friendships throughout his life are a testament to his true character. Dale leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Judy Nowlen, Tucson, AZ, daughters, Lynn (James) Cleven, Colfax, WI, Kathy (Don Lerch) Rittmeyer, Portage, WI, stepdaughters, Michelle (David Colson) Woolridge, Tucson, AZ, Kimberly (Ben) Woodstock, Tucson, AZ, and stepson, Michael (Holly) Hoffer, Oregon, WI; 6 Grandchildren; Bradley (Heather) Wedan, McFarland, WI, Brent (Samantha) Wedan, Menominee Falls, WI, Troy (Stephanie Raiche) Cleven, Tucson, AZ, Craig Nowlen, Colfax, WI, Timothy (Samantha) Rittmeyer, Arlington, WI, Kimberly (Brent) Fryk, Arlington, WI; 6 Step Grandchildren; Steven and Preston Woodstock, McFarland, WI, Anna Woolridge, Detroit, MI, Garret Woolridge, Tucson, AZ, Drew and Mason Hoffer, Oregon, WI and 12 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Carole Nowlen, Cottage Grove, WI. Dale is further survived by his siblings Dennis (Brenda) Nowlen, Burton, MI, Carol (Taft) Taylor, Gaylord, MI, Michael Nowlen, Caro, MI, Teri (Doug) Collier, Akron, MI, Jeffrey (Laura) Nowlen, Caro, MI and Lori Martin, Caro, MI. He is also survived by sister-in-law Janice Dickman, Tucson AZ, and brother-in-law David Liddicoat (Jeanne Humphrey), Merrimac, WI and many nieces, nephews and valued friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Alice Nowlen, brothers James Nowlen, Timothy Nowlen, Lewis Nowlen, his father and mother-in-law Emmett and Genevieve Liddicoat, nephew David Dickman and niece Molli Martin. The family would like to recognize Dr. Tom Brysacz and Patty, Dr. Mindy Jan and her team, Stacy Bezel in dialysis, Dr. John Pacanowski and Dr. Gundeep Singh. The family is very grateful for the expert care, consideration and respect Dale received through the years. The family wishes to acknowledge the kind and compassionate services provided by Traditions Health Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers, donations on Dale’s behalf may be made to Traditions Health, 3931 E. Paradise Falls Dr., Suite 101, Tucson, AZ.


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Dale E Nowlen

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Nan Lawniczak

August 1, 2020

I got to spend just a few days sharing his hospitality and Judy's last summer and the love between them was obvious. Such a sweet guy. I know he will be sorely missed by many, but we can take comfort that he is in constant sunshine now basking in the Son's love and glory.

Carole Nowlen

July 31, 2020

Nowlen Family

Sorry to hear of your loss. You have my deepest sympathy.

Lori Martin

July 30, 2020

Where's my Dandy Dime???


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