Dale L. Koepke

Tawas City, Michigan
August 25, 1950 - September 15, 2020


Dale's family will welcome friends at Emanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of the funeral.

Service Location

Emanuel Lutheran Church ~ Tawas City


A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Emanuel Lutheran Church with Reverend Mark Lindloff officiating.

Obituary Notice

Dale L. Koepke, age 70, Tawas City, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. A lifelong resident of the Tawas Area, Dale was born on August 25, 1950 to the late LaVerne and Geraldine Koepke. He was a 1968 graduate of Tawas Area Schools, and went on to study at Central Michigan University.

He married the love of his life, his wife of 47 years, Debbie (Conden) in 1973. The two created a beautiful family, Kyle (Shannon) of Marshall, MI, Jason (Sheena) of Big Rapids, MI, and Kelly of East Tawas. Dale began his working career at National Gypsum. After 40 plus years, he retired as a Regional Quality Manager. A dedicated family man, Dale was universally known and respected as a hard-working, honest, and compassionate individual.

Dale was a giver. He gave unconditional love to his family. He always put them first and gave the precious gift of time, a strong shoulder to lean on in times of strife, and the unshakeable foundation that comes from knowing you are valued and genuinely respected in your own right.

Christianity played a central role in Dale’s life. He was a longtime member of Emanuel Lutheran Church. In his spare time, Dale enjoyed day trips and long rides all over the state with his wife Debbie, spending time/playing games with grandkids, working outdoors in the yard, following all types of sports, golfing, and a good old fashioned barbeque. A quiet man of faith, Dale led best by example. True to his word, honest to a fault, and faithful to God, Dale Koepke was a man whose presence here on earth will undoubtedly leave a hole in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known him. True to form, were he here, he would remind one and all that we will be reunited one day in heaven.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, LaVerne and Geraldine Koepke, and brothers Thomas and Kenneth. He is survived by his loving wife Debbie, sister Pamela, sons Kyle, Jason and daughter Kelly, his beloved grandchildren, Alex, Kendyl, Katie, Maddy, Colton, and Aubrey.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Tawas City, with Pastor Mark Lindloff officiating. Dale’s family will welcome friends at the church on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will immediately follow the service at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Tawas City. Memorial contributions may be directed to Emanuel Lutheran Church/School in Dale’s name. An online guest registry is available at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Those wishing to express their condolences through a memorial contribution are encouraged to make a donation to the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dale's name.


Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery ~ Tawas City


My sincere condolences to Debbie, Kyle & Jason and their families. I have such fond memories of the 5 couples getting together for dinners, parties, card games and a whole lot of laughter. Dale was such a wonderful person. He’ll be missed by many.
— Dawn Cross
I am so sorry to hear about Dale. I know he was a good man and a Christian. We will see him again. I will pray for you and the boys for comfort.
John Whitman
— John Whitman
So very sorry to hear this news. We send our deepest condolences to the family!
— Rick & D'Anne Youngs
Hey Debbie, I am so sorry about this news. Will be praying for comfort from the Lord for you and the kids. So many wonderful memories flood back as I think of you guys. Too many to mention.
— Kay Arnold Johnson
Our prayers and hearts are with you and your family. Dale was a very special friend to me. I trust we will meet
again soon. Life is short, death is sure. Sin the cause, Christ the cure. Blessings of grace and peace be on you.
— Terry Grabow`
This is such sad news. My Warner kids and I are praying for you and yours to be comforted through this. I have so many fun memories of spending time with you all. The best part is knowing where Dale is and knowing that we can talk to him again someday. Of course the thrill of 3 points he scored that incredible night in the Oscoda gym is now diminished by the thrill of his new glorious and magnificent surroundings. I can only imagine.
— Kay Arnold Johnson
Kyle, my heart goes out to you and your family. Praying for you all.
— Abby Green
Kyle, Mike and I are so sorry to hear about your father's unexpected death. We are holding you and your family in prayer. We love you all. Linda
— Linda Timmons
So very sorry to hear of Dale's passing. R.I.P.
— Patti and Dennis Whitford
Deb, Pam, Kyle, Jason & all your families.....I pray that God will comfort you all while you suffer this great loss. Dale was such a good husband, Dad & grandfather. He will continue watching over you all from above! Hugs & Much Love ❤️
— Terri & Pat Robson
Dear Debbie and Family, I am shocked and so sad to hear this news. Know that you and your family are being lifted up in prayer and will remain in our prayers for comfort and the peace that passes all understanding. Dale was a great guy with such a gentle spirit. He will be so missed!
— Janet Sheldon Clements Hibbard
Deb words cannot express how sad I am for you and your family Hugs to all of you
— Laura Leslie
Debbie and family, I'm so sorry for your loss, God's blessings to you and God's strength to help you through this time.
— Debby (Phelps) McDade
So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing.
Thoughts and prayers for everyone
that loved him.
— Paul & Cathy Birkenbach
I'm so shocked and so very sorry to hear about Dale's passing. Prayers for you, Debbie, and the family. May he rest in peace.
Our sincere condolences to you & your family! Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this most difficult time!
— Steve & Bev Mason
Deb, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dale waa amszing person and Will be missed by a lot of folks Again our and your familythoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
— Dave Cholger
Dale be blessed my friend. You touched the lives of many including me by your friendship and especially your character.
— Pete Lemon
Debbie, so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. He was such a great guy. May his memory be a blessing.
— Cathy Briggs Jackerson
Debbie and Family, so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. He was one of the kindest people I know and always had a kind word to say. He will be missed by us all.
— Drew Campbell
Debbie and Family. Tear-breaking (!) news to receive over here in Denmark on a Wednesday evening. During my year in Tawas Dave was my picture of an American Friend and Sportsman and we felt that his frienship was extended to Judith and me during our reunion visits. Life is getting more and more tough. Oh, I will miss him.
— Esben Pedersen
Our hearts are truly broken at Dales passing. He was a Christian and there is no doubt in our minds that you will see him again when Jesus comes to take us home.
Larry & Kathy Topp
— Kathy Topp
Debbie..Im so sorry for your loss

Roger Koepke
— Roger Koepke
Debbie and family,
So sorry to hear about Dale. He was a good man. Praying for you and the family. Hope you can focus on good memories. Peace to you. R I P Dale.
— Bob and Kharla Howser
We were so very sorry to hear about Dale's passing. Please know that we are thinking about you and your family at this time. Our deepest condolences to you all.
— Gary and Sandy MacEwen
Dale and I worked together for over 35 years at National Gypsum. I always loved to stop in the lab and we would talk sports. Didn't matter if it was High School, College, or Pro Sports we would talk about it. Dale was the easiest person to talk too and he always made you feel important. He loved his family so much. I will miss him!
— Rick Penn
Debbie, so sorry to hear of Dale's passing. Will be praying for you and your family.
— Faye Couch
Deb, We were shocked to hear of Dales passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We are camping at Harrisville right now. Will see you when we get home. Love your neighbors across the field. Applers
— Sherry appler
Debbie and family, I am still struggling to find words to convey my sadness in Dales passing. He was my friend , teammate, and classmate. He was a great father and son and friend. I will celebrate his life and my good fortune to have been able to know him. God bless.
— John and Laurie Crisenbery
Deb, You and your family are being lifted up in our thoughts and prayers. There are a lot of people thinking about you and praying for you. We are all thinking about dale how he touched our lives and how great a guy.
— David P cholger
Debbie and family so sorry for the passing of Dale (to young ) keeping all your family in my prayers janet (nelkie ) coyer my parents lived on laidlaw rd
— janet coyer
Our prayers to you Deb and family. What a wonderful friend and mentor Dale was. He was my idol as a child on the baseball field and then a friend and colleague at National Gypsum. Dale was a man of high integrity and he loved his family. Our hearts are sad but the fond memories will forever live on.
— Lindsey and Nancy Bielby
I was so shocked to hear the passing of Dale. He was a great basketball player and went on to make us all proud. Rest In Peace my friend.
— Gene Kushion
We are so very sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was quite the guy. Warm hugs and thoughts to Kyle, Shannon and the rest of the Koepke family during this tough time.
— Candace, Josh, Whitney, and Zane Ivey (Marshall)
Our condolences to Deb and family. I had the pleasure of working with Dale for many years. He was very respected and liked. Always enjoyed talking sports with Dale.
— Rod and Shannon Loeffler
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Debbie and their children. May God hold you close to His heart and bless you all during this difficult time 😇😥❤️
— Bill and Donna (Harwood) Deckett
Deb, words cant express, stay strong keep the faith know your being lifted up by many prayers and much love. God bless you all.
— shannon and david busha
Debbie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
There is no doubt in our minds that we will see Dale again when Jesus comes to take us home.
Our sincere condolences to you and your family.
— Alan & Sandra Moore
Deb. So sorry to hear of Dales passing. My prayers are with you and your family.
— Jane Koepke
So sad to learn of Dale's passing...
He was one of my favorite NGC team members, and a genuinely great guy!
— Dennis Mackovjak

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