Dale Maurice Heiser took his final breath on May 18, 2022. He joined his wife of 65 years Aline who passed away a mere seven months earlier.
Dale was a special man. Born on December 23, 1931, Dale was the fifth of seven children. His older brother James Heiser (98) explained that from the moment he was born, Dale was his “special little buddy.”
Dale was an athlete playing football, basketball and running track in high school. He served in the Navy in the early 1950s. After proudly serving his country, Dale returned to the small town of Menno, South Dakota, where he was raised.
One night in Menno at Harold’s Beer Garden changed Dale’s life. Dale looked across the room he saw Aline, the love of his life. After one short week of knowing each other, and a few months of corresponding, Dale moved to Detroit. He and Aline were married on April 28, 1956.
Dale was a devoted husband. His love for Aline was a guiding force in his life. He supported her through her battles with cancer and chronic pain. His love never wavered; not even after she passed.
The proud father of Ronald and Donna, Dale instilled in them the importance of education and the strong work ethic he exhibited at Ford Motor Company for 29 years. Both Ron and Donna went on to obtain advanced degrees from the University of Michigan (MBA) and the Detroit College of Law. To them, Dale will always be the best father ever.
In many ways, Ron followed in his father’s footsteps when he married the love of his life Karen. And, Ron and Karen gave Dale the most precious gifts, his grandchildren Erich and Lauren. Dale was a playful, attentive, and loving Opa. He experienced such joy watching his grandchildren grow, it is hard to put into words. He proudly watched as Erich graduated from the University of Michigan and Lauren graduated from Michigan State University. Moreover, he was proud of the adults they became.
Dale will be missed by many. He is survived by his children Ron (Karen) and Donna; his grandchildren Erich and Lauren; his brother-in-law Wally; his brother James (Lynn); sister Karen and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations in memory of dale may be made to Angela Hospice. Link located below.