Dale Carl Nelson, 76, of Cheboygan, passed away on June 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. Dale courageously battled cancer twice.
Dale was born on March 13, 1944, the son of Carl and Olive (Hanson) Nelson.
Preceding Dale in death are his parents, Carl and Olive, a son, Dale Jr., and a daughter, Amber.
Although he loved Cheboygan, a piece of his heart always belonged to Washington Island, Wisconsin where he grew up enjoying a Tom Sawyer-type childhood. Dale graduated from a one room schoolhouse. His parents owned the Log Cabin Restaurant where the family all took part in its operation. Dale was the “dish man” because he did not like waiting on patrons.
Dale met the love of his life, Linda Maltby when he was serving on the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw. He was stationed in Cheboygan in 1962 after boot camp. He was honorably discharged in 1966 as an E-5 Engineman.
Dale and Linda began their family in 1965 with the birth of Dale Jr., Amber, Tonya, and Deanna. Dale’s family was very important to him. He was loving, kind, and generous.
Dale was an avid outdoorsman and family man. He loved to fish and hunt. Over the years, he hunted rabbit and deer and took every opportunity to fish on the big lakes. He was a proud of his service in the Coast Guard and was a dedicated employee of Consumers’ Power as a lineman and in the metering department for 38 years. Dale was also very active over the years in St. Thomas Lutheran Church.
Dale is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda Nelson, daughters Tonya (Mark) Prodan and Deanna (Larry) Hart, brother-in-law and second son, Randy Maltby, grandchildren James and Zachary Prodan, Brenna and Max Hart, Brother, Gary (Tommi) Nelson, and niece Brittni.
On June 25, 2020, visitation will take place from 2 to 3 pm immediately followed by a private family funeral (due to current limitations). There will also be a graveside service at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cheboygan at 4:30 PM where all are welcome.
The family suggests memorials be made out to St. Thomas Lutheran Church.
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