Dale E. McFarland
Published in Flint Journal from July 23 to July 26, 2012
suddenly Sunday, July 22, at his home. He was 81.
Funeral service will be held 2 pm Thursday, July 26, 2012 at the Swartz
Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint, Pastor Clarence Lewis officiating.
Visitation 10 am to 12 noon Thursday at the funeral home.
Dale was born in Dexter, Missouri to Dovie and Chester McFarland. He grew
up in Flint, where he was an avid athlete at Central High School, playing
both football and baseball.
After graduation, in 1949, Dale went on to play professional baseball
in the Tigers' minor league system.
In 1951 Dale was drafted into the army. While on leave from basic training,
Dale married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Houpt, on April 12, 1952.
Dale then proudly served on the frontlines in Korea.
In June, 1953 he returned from the war, meeting his infant son, Michael,
for the first time. Two years later Dale and Marilyn's second son, Mark,
was born. Through the years the family enjoyed spending weekends at their
cottage on Big Bear Lake, near Lewiston.
In 1966 Dale and Marilyn's son, Mark, passed away at the age of 10. Soon
after this Dale joined the Elf Khurafeh Shriners because of their work
for children. After 37 years of employment with Consumers Energy, Dale
retired in 1987. He and Marilyn then moved to Lewiston, where Dale pursued
his hobbies of gardening, hunting, and picking wild blueberries.
Having their grandchildren visit during the summer gave Dale an opportunity
to teach them old army songs and share his detailed knowledge of Civil
Eventually Dale and Marilyn bought a second home in Davenport, Florida,
where they enjoyed playing golf and socializing with friends. While in
Florida this past April they celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
At the time of his death Dale was a 32nd Degree Mason, and a member of
the Shriners, the American Legion, and the VFW.
Dale was survived by his wife, Marilyn; his sister, Earline Lack; son
Michael, (Lesa), grandson David, (Amy); granddaughter Katie, (Jacob);
and four great grandchildren: Jacob, Leslie, Tristan, and Malaina.