Dale Norman Tebear, 55, Escanaba, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital. He was known by all as a kind, gracious, and giving man. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and his many grandchildren.
Dale was born April 12, 1959, the son of Gerald and Nancy (Olson) Tebear of Perronville. He was the first of their five children.
After graduating from Bark River Harris High School, he attended Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI and Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI.
Dale married Tina (Gagnon) Trottier in 1980. He resided in Escanaba for most of his life. In recent years, California was his winter haven.
He enjoyed riding his bike all over the area, and was never without his backpack. He was a gentle soul, a caring father, and was most proud of his role as Papa Dale.
Dale is survived by his children; Jenna (Thomas) Dennings of Fuquay Varina, NC, Damon (Jamel) Tebear of Ford River, Nisha (Jeremy) Coolman of Escanaba, and Helene Tebear of Gladstone; other beloved children, Isaac Trottier, Christina Trottier, Hannah Trottier, Gabriel Trottier; siblings, Dennis Tebear, David Tebear, and Roger Tebear; and precious friends, Tina and Timothy Trottier.
His most treasured possessions were his grandchildren; Dylan, Mia, Bethany, Morgan, David, Alexander, Kaia, McKenzie, Logan, Isabelle, Haiden, Ethan, Kelton, Zoe, Tansy, Rainah, Asher, Linkoln, and Xendaya.
He was preceeded in death by his mother, Nancy (Olson) Tebear; father, Gerald Tebear; and sister, Robin (Tebear) Sattem.
Dale’s wishes were for his body to be donated to Life Legacy, an organization that obtains research with the hopes of helping many other people with their findings.
A memorial service commemorating and celebrating Dale’s life will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 5 p.m. with Pastor Greg Floars will officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tebear family.
Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Tebear family.