Dale Edbert Newton went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday January 11, 2022, at Saginaw Covenant Hospital at 5:09 am. Dale was born to the late John and Marie Newton on May 28 1933. He spent his childhood on the family farm with his brother Perry & sister Ruth. He was immersed in the Methodist Church community that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He graduated from Vassar High School & would go on to obtain a degree in agriculture at MSU. He founded Newton Plumbing & Heating in downtown Vassar in 1964 & retired in 2006.
Dale is survived by his wife Elaine “Cookie” (Blissner), his daughters Lou Ann Haubenstricker (Tim Kushba), Sherri Schiefer (Ron) & his son Timothy Newton (Rhonda). Grandchildren include Jamison Haubenstricker (Molly), Jody Haubenstricker (Rebecca), Jessie Haubenstricker (Jason), Angie Sharp (Gary), Erica Martin (Damian), Tera Weakman (Brandon), Brandon Newton (Audrea), Aaron Schiefer (Michelle), Travis Scheifer (Amy). Great grandchildren Hayden, Sawyer, Landen, Grayson, James, Josh, Allyson, Archie, Brittany, Kody, Cash, Raegan, Kendyll, Eastyn, Jordan, Jackson, Cameron & Brooke. Great great grandchildren Ashtyn, Addisyn, Remi, Celena.
Dale was an integral piece in the Vassar Community. A member of the Lions Club, he was credited with spearheading the annual canoe races at the Vassar Riverfest, a tradition that lasted 37 years. His true passion in life was hunting & fishing. He hunted in Alaska, British Columbia, Montana & Idaho, just to name a few.
Dale married the love of his life, Elaine, aka, Cookie, in February of 1954. They shared 68 beautiful years together. One of their favorite things to do was traveling in their truck & camper. For 3 summers they drove it all the way to Alaska, spending the entire summer exploring. Another activity they enjoyed was traveling to canoe races with their friends. Dale was a very competitive canoe racer. In fact, he would go on to become the 2005 C1 Grand Veteran National Champion.
Dale’s life revolved around family & community. He approached his day-to-day life with joy, passion & effort. If you knew Dale, I guarantee he shared some of his epic stories of a lifetime of adventure.
A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 24, 2022 at the Vassar Eagles Club – 651 State Rd. in Vassar. The Rev. Scott Sherrill officiating. Private burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery. The family will greet visitors on Thursday, June 23 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home – 149 N. Main St. in Vassar and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. If you wish to make a donation, please make checks payable to Elaine Newton & the family will distribute to Dale’s favorite charities.
At the conclusion of Dale’s service there will be a brief intermission before the memorial service of his daughter, Sheryl Schiefer, begins.