Dale R. Gardner

Died Sept. 24, 2018


Dale Royce Gardner, 85, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at McLaren Bay Region. He lived in West Branch since 1975, formerly of Saginaw.

Dale was born April 20, 1933, in West Branch to Aubrey and Leota (Vincent) Gardner. He was raised in West Branch and attended West Branch High School. Dale served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On May 22, 1959, he married Helen Moore in Flint. Dale worked at General Motors for more than 35 years and once he retired, he starting working at Steering Gear in Saginaw. After retiring from Steering Gear, he went to work at Forward Conference Center in the maintenance department for 17 years.

Dale is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Helen Gardner of West Branch; children, Diane (Gary) Rau of West Branch, Sharlene (Ralph) Tullis of Alger, Jerry (Linda) Gardner of New York, Stevie (David) Dignal of Indiana and Frank (Deanne) Gardner of Colorado; grandchildren, Randy Rau, Gary (Sara) Rau, Kelli (James) Clark, Kendra Tullis, Kyler Tullis, Joshua Gardner, April Armstrong, Jonathan Dignal, Rebekah Dignal, Sarah (Adam) Burmeister, Nicole Gardner and Cody Gardner; great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Reese, Reanne, Melanie, Aubrey, Charles, Sawyer, Caden, Xander, Gabriel and Micah; brother, Lyle Gardner of West Branch; sister, June Gallivan of Traverse City; and nephews, Lyle and Loren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Dwayne Rau; and brother-in-law, Loren Gallivan.

The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church in West Branch at 1 p.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Brookside Cemetery. Pastor Tim Dibble will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.


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