Dale L Mulder, Sr., age 66, left his temporary home on Earth to be with God on November 11, 2015. A farmer all of his life, Dale had a love for animals and for the land. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a fighter until his last breath. Dale was born on July 15, 1949 to Don and Ethel (Simpson) Mulder. He was a graduate of Ovid-Elsie High School in 1968 where he was a member of the F.F.A. He always helped on the family farm planting, plowing, baling hay, milking cows and whatever else needed to be done. Dale always knew he wanted to be a farmer, he wanted a way of life, not just a job.
Dale married Elena Terry on September 21, 1973. Together they bought a small farm and built it into a family operation. They milked dairy cows for most of their marriage with the help of their five children. After the kids moved out, Dale and Elena retired from dairy cows and went into cash crop. Through the ups and downs of farming and being with one another 24/7, their marriage stayed strong. Dale showed this way of life to his kids. When the grandchildren became old enough, he was there to teach them too.
Some remember Dale for his crazy hair or as a man who gave off a mean disposition, but he took no crap from anyone and was respected by many. If someone needed help, he would help if he could. Dale stepped up to the plate when needed for his family and friends. He was a man that could find any piece of equipment at a good price and if you needed to purchase a used car, he was the man that would find one.
Dale mellowed out in his later years when his grandchildren came along. He loved to give them rides on the tractor, lift them up high in the bucket, put sand wherever they wanted so they could play in it. He would have given his grandchildren the world if he could have. He taught his children great work ethic, respect, and that nothing is free. Dale was the type of guy who would say hi to anyone. He was a man who loved his drives around the country, checking out crops, pieces of land for sale or just to see the country side.
Dale is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elena Mulder, children Dale (Rebekah Quigley) Mulder, Jeff Mulder, Tom Mulder, Dana (Duane) Spitzley and Teresa Mulder; his grandchildren, Jeffery, Jacob, Justin, Skyler, Ruby, Jayden, Alexis, Rachel, Dale, Brock, Brent and Jack; his father, Don Mulder; a brother, sister and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ethel Mulder and son in law, Mark Stambersky.
A Memorial / Celebration of Life will be held at the VFW Hall in Ovid on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Dale’s good friend, Earl Barks will be officiating.
The family is being served by the Osgood Funeral Homes.