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Dale Patrick Mikowski, 74, of Suttons Bay, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home with his wife by his side. Dale was born on Aug. 7, 1942 in Leland Township, the son of Anthony and Leola (Bussey) Mikowski.
On Dec. 21, 1963 at St. Francis, Traverse City, he married Margaret J. Macksey, who survives.
Dale loved Coca-Cola, Red Lobster, going to auctions and buying tools. He enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, Corvairs and adored his cats.
He was a master carpenter and woodworker. His hand-crafted talents are showcased in many homes throughout Leelanau and Grand Traverse counties. In the 1960s, early in his career, Dale worked in Chicago for many years at Illinois Tool Works. Most recently, Dale worked at Orchard Creek Senior Living and Health Care in maintenance before retiring in 2013.
In addition to his loving wife of 53 years, Dale is survived his siblings, James, Glen, Rosemary (Willard) Houdek Jr. and JoAnn Roy; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Raymond; and siblings, Arthur and Donna.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the rosary at 7 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary Church, Lake Leelanau, with visitation held one hour prior. Burial will be at East Leland Cemetery. Fr. Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary's Church, PO Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653 and/or to Suttons Bay/Bingham Fire & Rescue, PO Box 280, Suttons Bay, MI 49682.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Mikowski family at www.martinson.info.
Published on July 9, 2017
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