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Dale R. Reich

Dale went home to heaven on Thursday, December 31, 2020. He was blessed to begin 2021 with Jesus and the ability to walk and talk again.

Dale was born on January 25, 1939, to Albert & Marion (Miller) Reich in Kalamazoo.

Psalm 112 represents how Dale lived out his life in trusting and obeying the God he loved. He served in his church through the years on the trustee board and in many other areas and was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. He also supported many ministries and projects that benefited others.

Dale was blessed with God’s wisdom and delighted greatly in God’s word. His words and deeds demonstrated kindness, generosity, goodness and righteousness. His life of integrity blessed many.

Dale served as a State Farm agent and manager for over 40 years and enjoyed playing tennis, water skiing, snow skiing, swimming and traveling.

Dale is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Robin (Rich) Bacon, son, Todd (Monica) Reich; grandchildren, Angela (Michael) Grimm and Tasha (Kegan) Centala; three great-grandchildren; sister, Sharlene Nishizawa and nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sherry Largent.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions a private celebration of life service will be held with immediate family.

Contributions in memory of Dale may be made to First Baptist Church of Otsego.

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Jan Myers-Carpenter

January 4, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Dale was one of the best and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He truly lived the life of a good

Christian Man.

Jan Myers-Carpenter


Lee and Diane Boysen

January 4, 2021 at 2:01 pm

Bev, Robin, Todd, grandchildren and great grandchildren, We are so very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. You are in our hearts and prayers. Dale was a good man who cared for many. God grant you peace at this very difficult time.


Marilyn Nor

January 4, 2021 at 2:55 pm

Bev, Todd, Robin and family: I have many happy memories from working with Dale for many years at State Farm. He was a good Christian man who walked the talk. His daily interactions with others exemplified his faith and generosity. Dale had high expectations of himself and others which resulted in successful relationships personally and in business. Dale will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.

You all are in my prayers for comfort in your time of loss.


Bob Stone

January 4, 2021 at 3:54 pm

I worked for Dale at his office in Jenison. Dale loved people and it showed. He listened and was eager to help how ever he could. He was proud of his farm,and spoke of it often and all of the projects that were waiting for his attention. We was the best manager that I have ever had. He was devoted to his family., and I am fortunate to have known him. (Even if it was for a short time). He taught me more about myself, and the importance of listening to what others were trying to say. We need more people like Dale in all of our lives. Bev, Todd & Robin , Dale was a great guy and I will think of him with fond memories. I am truly sorry for your loss…My sympathies are with all of you and your family during this difficult time.


Leslie Dreger

January 4, 2021 at 3:58 pm

My heart is heavy with sadness for all of Dale’s family. He has been on my mind lately and now I know why. You are in my thoughts and prayers. If I can help in any way please, call me. I received this message on a card when my mom passed. It has become a favorite of mine. ” A Life well-lived is a lasting inspiration. ” I can see that huge smile of his and hear his laugh. God blesses you with great memories.




Joyce mohrland

January 4, 2021 at 4:13 pm

So sorry to hear of the loss of your father but so happy he’s with Jesus. My prayers are with you.


Holly (Wood) Swincicki

January 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm

Dear Bev, Robin, Todd and families, I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. He was a wonderful man. I remember his smile and his positive outlook on life. The times that were spent as friends and sharing good times in the State Farm Family will not be forgotten. God bless you all and may He grant you peace.


Ron and Cindy Roberts

January 4, 2021 at 4:26 pm

So sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you as you lean on him for comfort and support in the days to come.


Mary Bsjrma

January 4, 2021 at 4:49 pm

Bev, Todd & Monica, Robin & Rich and to the rest of Dale’s sweet family, I am so sorry to read of Dale’s passing, he was truly a great man! My family and I want to extend our sympathy to you all and know that we are lifting you up in prayer. Dale got the highest honor when he heard his Lord say, Well done my good and faithful servant!! Love from our family to yours❤️



January 4, 2021 at 4:54 pm

Heaven gained another great angel.Dale was a kind man.wonderful friend who enjoyed life.A man who loved his family .A real good friend whom I loved dearly. May he rest in peace .


Mary Bajema

January 4, 2021 at 4:56 pm

Bev, Todd & Monica, Robin & Rich and to the rest of Dale’s sweet family, I am so sorry to read of Dale’s passing, he was truly a great man! My family and I want to extend our sympathy to you all and know that we are lifting you up in prayer. Dale got the highest honor when he heard his Lord say, Well done my good and faithful servant!! Love from our family to yours❤️


Linda Warner

January 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm

I am so very sorry to hear of Dales passing!! Dale (and Bev) were Neighbors, friends and “honorary grandparents” to our children during our time in Otsego! Dale was always ready with a smile, helping hand, rose advice, swim or chat!! Dale was such a big part of our family’s life for over 10 years and while we moved away from the neighborhood, Dale (and Bev)will ALWAYS have a very special place in our hearts! ❤️

*I know that Dale and Scott are “talking lawn care” and washing their cars side by side….with Tyler watching!!

Rest In Heaven Dale


Sherry Hanson

January 4, 2021 at 5:36 pm

Bev & Robin& Todd & families

I’m so sorry to hear about Dale.

I remember when he first came with Bev to Grandma Nimtzs’ and I thought he was so handsome .

Praying Gods peace over you all.

Mike & Sherry Hanson


Veronica J Crowell

January 4, 2021 at 6:14 pm

Bev I am sorry for you and your families lost of your husband and father. May all your good memories

comfort you.

This takes me back a long way when we were in high school together.

With warmth Veronica


Mike densham

January 4, 2021 at 6:18 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. It is real blow that most of us will not be able to attend his funeral.


Jerri Carrott

January 4, 2021 at 6:59 pm

Oh how l will miss you my dear Uncle Dale. You touched my life in so many positive ways and l thank you for always loving me. I can only image your reunion in Heaven.


Carolyn Jordan (daughter of Wilbur & Doris Jordan)

January 4, 2021 at 7:01 pm

Dale was truly one of God’s children. He was not just our State Farm Agent, he was a family friend. We always looked forward to his visits, especially on Christmas Eve when he would come no matter what the weather was to wish us a Merry Christmas & spend time just visiting with us. While my heart aches reading of his passing, my heart rejoices knowing he is now a member of the Holy Church Triumphant & sits at the right hand of God, our Father. My prayers go out to Beverly & his family & to everyone who knew & loved this wonderful man. When Dale was born, God looked at this beautiful creation & smiled. Well done, faithful servant, well done.


Maria Dinah Howrigon

January 4, 2021 at 7:34 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Your family is on our prayers.


Jeanne (Harper) Van Eerden

January 4, 2021 at 8:42 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss in 2020 of your husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. I will always remember Dale and Bev coming to my parents home, Jesse and Melvina Harper. What a joy and blessing for my parents to have you both in their lives. May God bless you with sweet memories and the joy of knowing Dale is walking and talking with Jesus.


Paul and Ruth Stauffer

January 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

What a wonderful Godly legacy Dale leaves us to follow. He is dearly loved and will be deeply missed. You all are in our thoughts and prayers, knowing God will give you a peace that passes all understanding because our blessed hope is in Christ our redeemer who lives!


Scott Knobloch

January 5, 2021 at 9:40 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. Dale was the nicest, kindest, caring person and I’m so glad he was a part of my life! I have such great memories of all of the great times we had together. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him!


Bob Goodrich

January 5, 2021 at 10:46 am

Bev, Todd, Robin and families,

My sincere condolences to you all. I have so many wonderful memories of Dale. We played early morning racquetball years ago. We also met many times over the years for lunch and shared prayer requests. He loved his wife and family. Dale always had a huge smile on his face and was a wonderful example to me of a genuine Christ follower who also loved his God and loved his neighbors. I think State Farm Insurance, the company Dale served for many years, may have been inspired to create their slogan, “Like a good neighbor…State Farm is there” based on Dale’s way of living his life. He was also a very generous man. I have special books he gifted to me and many beach towels and pot holders; the results of his generous nature. A paraphrase of Hebrews 11:39a best sums up his personal impact on me- “Dale earned his good reputation because of his faith…” He was a good friend and I will miss him.


Mike Wolski

January 5, 2021 at 11:17 am

Dale was a fantastic man of God. I have known him on a business level and as a friend for over 40 years. He always had a smile on his face and a hi Mike how are you! I was blessed to have known him.


Mike Wolski

January 5, 2021 at 11:20 am

Dale was a fantastic man of God. I have known him on a business level and as a friend for over 40 years. He always had a smile on his face and a hi Mike how are you! I was blessed to have known him. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Merlyn Jones

January 5, 2021 at 11:21 am

May God grant you peace and wisdom in the days ahead. Our prayers are with you.


Karen Nimtz Clemens

January 5, 2021 at 12:57 pm

So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Let the loving arms of Jesus hold you up at this difficult time.


David McBride

January 5, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Bev and family, We are so sorry to hear of Dale passing. How comforting to know he is with Jesus. Our prayers are with all of you in the days ahead. David & Barb McBride


Carol Nimtz Miller

January 5, 2021 at 7:57 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing, thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time


Justin Bajema

January 6, 2021 at 10:49 am

Whether he knew it or not, Dale was one of my first mentors as I entered into adulthood, He made a significant business and leadership impact in my life that has served me very well throughout the years. He truly served his clients and staff while leading by example. And Dale, I appreciate the advice on the Dale Carnegie courses 😉 Money & time well invested.

Glad to of known you. All my condolences to Bev, Todd, Monica and the rest of the family.

Cheers to a life well lived!


Joyce McClellan

January 6, 2021 at 9:28 pm

Thinking of all at this difficult time. May it help to know that many are holding you close in prayer.

Dan & Joyce McClellan


Jean TerNeer

January 8, 2021 at 1:25 am

Dale is with the Lord! My condolences to all of you as family. Keep looking up. One day we will all be together. May God be your comfort.


Dorothy (Slesdet) McNees

January 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Reich Family; I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dale. I went to school with Dale, from seventh grade through graduation . He was one of the nicest guys . I remember Dale working in the State Farm Insurance Co. with Dick Wood in Otsego. Dale was a good insurance agent and always took the time to talk with his clients. May He Rest In Peace and may the Good Lord help you through this difficult time in your lives. Praying you have lots of memories to help you get through his passing.


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