Dale  Gano

Dale Gano

Saturday, December 21st, 1929 - Sunday, May 31st, 2020
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Dale Gano, of Stevensville, passed away on May 31st, surrounded by his loving family.

Dale was born on December 21, 1929, to Allen and Madalene (Troffer) Gano. He grew up in Sodus Township, and graduated from St. John's Catholic High School. He proudly served his country for two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and he was stationed in Germany. Dale began working for Paramount Die Casting Company in 1950, and held the positions of Manager Of Production Planning and, later, Personnel And Safety Manager.

On June 6, 1970, Dale and Joyce Geipel were united in marriage at St.Paul's Lutheran Church, in Stevensville. Dale went to heaven just six days before their 50th wedding anniversary.

In 1975, he accepted a transfer to Paramount's sister division, Briggs-Shaffner, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he held the position of Castings Sales Manager until his retirement in 1995, with a total of 45 years of combined service. After retirement, he and Joyce returned home to Stevensville, and during that time, they enjoyed traveling the country together and spending winters in South Carolina. Dale was an avid birdwatcher, and he also enjoyed gardening, reading, fishing, and especially spending time with his family and friends.

Dale was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Stevensville, Stevensville American Legion Post 568, VFW Post 1137, Berrien Birding Club, and Sarett Nature Center.

Dale is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, children Mary Jo (Duane) Parker, Douglas Gano, Linda (Drue) Schaffert, Dan (Vicki) Gano, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and his brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kathy Geipel. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen, his parents, his brother Allen Gano, and sister Pauline Totzke.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be given to the “Building On God’s Blessings” fund at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2673 W. John Beers Road, Stevensville, Michigan 49127. Those wishing to share a memory of Dale online may do so at
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Private Condolence

Carol Reigle

Posted at 11:30pm
The Friends of the Lincoln Township Public Library extend condolences to Joyce and family members. May years of memories comfort you. Sincerely, Carol Reigle

Chris Dwan Preston

Posted at 11:07pm
Although I didn’t know Dale, he had to be a very special person for you to love him so, Joyce. May you find comfort and peace in your faith and wonderful memories.

Fred A. Reddel, Jr.

Posted at 08:13pm
To Dale's family. Accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. May you be comforted by the lifetime of memories you shared with Dale. He was a loyal and comitted colleague of the Paramount Die Casting family.
Fred A. Reddel, Jr.

Cynthia Orvis

Posted at 06:29pm
My thoughts and prayers to Joyce, Jim and Kathy and all the family. It is heartbreaking to lose a loved one!

Joanne Choate

Posted at 05:20pm
Dale was a good guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Portus & Joanne

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