Dale M. Long, 74, of Traverse City and formerly of Copemish, died on Dec. 15, 2017.
Dale was born on Dec. 10, 1943 in Frankfort, to the late Leo and Cleora (Somsel) Long.
Dale married the love of his life, Yvonne M. Rossell on March 20, 1964 in Thompsonville at the First Congregational Church.
Dale started his career at age 16, planting Christmas trees and created a very successful wholesale Christmas tree company. At age 18, he was promoted to foreman, and was the youngest foreman ever to work for M. Walter Tree Company out of Chicago, Illinois. In 1976, he began his own company, Long's Christmas Trees. He later expanded his operation to Virginia and North Carolina where he grew Frasier Fir trees. He retired in the late 1990s. In his personal life, Dale was an amazing father, nurturing his children and grandchildren through accomplishments and challenges. Dale was a member of the First Christian Church and lifetime member of the Masonic Order. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing golf, fishing and hunting, especially his hunting trips to Montana. He shot a 6X6 elk in Montana and was proud to finally have it out of the garage and in his home when he and Vonnie moved to Traverse City. Dale also enjoyed traveling and going on cruises and his favorite was a trip to the Baltic Sea. These are a few of the cherished memories his friends and family will remember.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles and Leon Long; sister, Pauline; and sister-in-law, Shirley Ewing.
Dale is survived by his wife of 53 years, Vonnie; daughters, Sara (Brett) Colecchio, of Lake City and Susan (Richard) Rosenburg, of Cadillac; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kyler, Lucas Kory, Jarrett and Emmaline; great-grandson, Wyatt Jack: brother, William (Yvonne) Long, of Sodus; and sisters-in-law, Joanne (Rod) Elmore and Connie (Mark) Tiffany.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017 at First Christian Church at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning at noon.
Memorial contributions in memory of Dale may be directed to the First Christian Church or the Hope Lodge, Grand Rapids.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories with the family.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation services.
Published on December 19, 2017