Dale, of Auburn, was called home to his heavenly rest Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. Dale was born Nov. 5, 1937 to wonderful Christian parents, Oscar M. and Eunice M. (Simpson) Pickelman and was baptized Nov. 12, 1937 at Trinity Lutheran Church (Monitor) by Pastor Herman Potzger. After graduating from Trinity Lutheran School (Monitor), Dale attended and graduated from T.L. Handy High School in June of 1955 and from there graduated from Bay City Junior College in June of 1961. On Oct. 3, 1959 he was joined in marriage with Sharon Haut. They were blessed with a daughter, Kelly (Lee) Murray; and a son, Dale (Mary Jo) Pickelman Jr. Dale and Sharon have five wonderful grandchildren, Kevin (Lauren) Pickelman, Andrea Pickelman, Crystal Pickelman, Cameron Murray and Lachlan Murray. Dale was a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church (Auburn) where he served as chairman and as an Elder multiple terms. Dale began his career at The Dow Chemical Co. as a lab technician in 1961. Dale went on to graduate from Central Michigan University in June of 1969 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He retired from Dow as a chemist in March of 1995 after 38 years of service. Also surviving is his wife, Sharon; brothers, James (Linda) Pickelman of San Antonio, Fla., Russell Pickelman of Auburn; sister, Susan K. Rosecrans of Bay City; and many nieces and nephews. Also welcoming Dale home besides his parents are a sister and brother-in-law, Sharon (Jim) Lorenz; sister-in-law, Kathleen Pickelman; and brothers-in-law, Lyle Rosecrans Jr. and J. LaVerne Chapman. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church (Price and Ruth streets,) Auburn. Pastor Aaron T. Schian and the Rev. Leroy R. Westphal will officiate. Graveside committal services will take place 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at Home Cemetery (Monitor) Twp. Dale's family will receive friends at the Auburn Chapel of the Cunningham-Taylor Funeral Homes, Inc. on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. On Thursday morning Dale will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, envelopes for Grace Lutheran Church (Auburn) Memorial Fund and the American Diabetes Association will be available.
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