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Dale Mellendorf

Dale Stanley Mellendorf

Saturday, January 12th, 1935 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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85, of Cass City died following a brief battle with cancer Wednesday, March 18, 2020 peacefully at his home. He was born January 12, 1935 in Elkton to Stanley and Erma (Hartwick) Mellendorf. His first wife was Nancy Lee Sowden. Dale married Charlotte Florence Furness April 10, 1971. She died June 9, 2003. Years later, Dale married Elizabeth A. “Betsy” Thorpe-Sowden July 31, 2010.

Dale graduated from Owendale High School in 1953 and went to work for Ideal Plumbing and Cass City Fuel Gas. Later, he became a journeyman tinsmith and worked second shift for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. For over thirty years, he made the eighty mile drive to work and back until retiring. In retirement, Dale kept busy helping friends and neighbors with their plumbing, heating and building duct work. He would do anything for anyone at any time. Dale was a former member of Fraser Presbyterian Church of Cass City. On Tuesdays, he could be found bowling at the Brentwood Lanes of Caro. Dale also enjoyed the excitement of NASCAR racing on television. He loved trying his luck with the slot machines at the Soaring Eagle Casino and the anticipation of a winning scratch off ticket.

Dale is survived by his wife, Betsy; children: Tom (Cindy) Mellendorf of Gagetown, Dan (Beth) Mellendorf of Cass City, Lona (Robert) Piaskowski of Cass City, Charlene (Ken) LaBeau of Chesterfield, Minnie (Rick) Avery of Vassar, Ray (Maureen) Sowden of Vassar; grandchildren: Chad Mellendorf, Shane Mellendorf, Cole Mellendorf, Dalton Mellendorf, Jeff (Jennifer) Piaskowski, Jacob Piaskowski, Travis LaBeau, Christopher LaBeau, Dena (Josh Smith) Kabat, Alaina (Jeremy) Poulos, Taylor Brown, Kennedy Brown, Kendra (Mike) Dunlap, Jill (Brent) Rathka, Stephanie Leach; twenty great grandchildren; brothers: Wayne Mellendorf of Cass City, Bruce (Bev) Mellendorf of Fairgrove, Clare (Ruth Ann) Mellendorf of Cass City, Joe (Sue) Mellendorf of Caro, Art (Romelle) Mellendorf of Kansas City, MO; Gary (Linda) Mellendorf of Cass City, Glen Mellendorf of Cass City; sister, Ruth (John) Jaworski of Owendale; many nieces and nephews; and his cat, Ned. He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: June (Don) Ackerman, Janet (Dan) Hartz; sister-in-law, Helen Mellendorf.

Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2020 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City with Brad Speirs of Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City officiating. Interment is in Elkland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Rawson Memorial Library or Fraser Presbyterian Church. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.

**Due to an executive order by the state government the visitation and funeral service is limited to no more than 50 people**

Visitation: 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2020 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City
10 to 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, 2020 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City

Arrangements by Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 11:00am
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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    Brad Speirs
  • Interment

    Elkland Township Cemetery
    6897 E. Cass City Road
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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Louise Dietz

Posted at 01:22pm
My husband, myself, and my family were so saddened to hear of Dale's death. He was a wonderful neighbor, always happy, always smiling and laughing. It was our great honor to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

pat chantiny

Posted at 12:37pm
sorry to hear of your loss. glad you were able to have 85 years of memorys. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers.
Pat Chantiny (beth cousin)

Karyn Stellino

Posted at 11:32am
Our Hearts are Restless Lord, until they rest in you. We as a family share our deepest sympathy to all of you Betsy, Charlene, Ken, Travis and Christopher. We knew Dale by his caring smile and heart of gold.
Our Love Richard and Beverlyxoxo and Sebastiano and Karynxoxo


Ralph and Peg Geisenhaver

Posted at 11:41am
Wednesday a great man passed. Dale had a heart of gold. We will always remember the good times up north at Tom’s cabin and the stories around the campfire. Most of all, your smile and wisdom. Don’t forget your candy bar everyday! R.I.P Dale

Ralph and Peg Geisenhaver

Debra Kranz

Posted at 04:51pm
We are sadden by the news that Dale has passed away. Our hearts go out to you and we share in your sorrow.
We ask that the Lord be with you and provide you comfort. Our prayers are with you.
John and Reba Battel
Dandridge, TN

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