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Life Story / Obituary
Dale Jae Vande Wege was born August 2, 1936 in Holland, Michigan to Joe and Reeva Vande Wege. He served in the U. S. Army 1955-1957. Dale began corresponding with his future bride by letter while stationed in California before he even met her. Dale married Jeanette W. Abma on June 19,1959. They were married for 62, almost 63 years.
Dale and Jan raised their 4 children on a “hobby farm” just south of Holland. Dale worked as a mason for several contractors in the area before finding that he could use his many skills as a maintenance worker. He worked and supervised maintenance for Cran-Hill Ranch, Slickcraft, West Michigan Funiture, S-2 Yachts, and Western Theological Seminary.
Dale enjoyed gardening. He raised fruits and vegetables of all types. He also enjoyed canoeing, fishing, heating with wood, playing cards with friends and family, and reading.
Dale was raised in the Reformed Church by his parents. He made profession of faith as a young man. He was always an active participant in the life of his church family. He served as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon, and Elder. He took mission trips to Honduras and El Salvador. He and Jan went on many service trips to JAARS in Waxsaw, North Carolina, where he could use his “Jack of all Trades” and masonry skills to benefit others.
Dale is survived by his wife; Jeanette; his four children, Bryon (Mary) Vande Wege of Roseau, MN, Londa (Erik) Anderson of Holland, Laree (Fred) Waanders of Allegan, Brent (Melinda) Vande Wege of Holland; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother; Ike (Norma) Vande Wege of Holland and one sister; Judy Kelly of Cannon, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson Jared Vande Wege and great grand daughter Eleanor Anderson.
A visitation will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 2-4pm at Dykstra Funeral Home – Mulder Chapel (188 W 32nd Street, Holland). A funeral service will take place on Monday, May 2 at 11:00am at Overisel Reformed Church (4706 142nd Ave, Holland).
Memorials may be directed to JAARS or Overisel Allience Reformed Church mission fund.