Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Feb 22, 1939
Died on Jan 27, 2018 and resided in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Dale Belke of Sheboygan, passed away peacefully at Meadow View Manor on January 27, 2018 at the age of 78. Dale was born on February 22, 1939 in Waukesha and lived in Sheboygan most of his life. He was adopted at age one by Ernie and Christine Belke. At the age of 68 there was an adoption search and he learned that his birth mother was Josephine Maddox and had two half brothers, Jim and Jerry Maddox. It was a great surprise; the men became very close.
Dale graduated from North High School. He then went to Whitewater State College and Madison Business College. At the age of 19 he owned a cookware business called Deb’s Hope Chest which he was very proud of. He then became an agent in the family business, Belke Insurance, and later was the owner. After that, he became a man of many trades and took a lot of pride in everything he did. In the last years he was devoted to selling Melaleuca products which everyone loved.
Dale was in the Army Reserves for 6 years serving the 44th General Hospital. He was proudly a member of many organizations and instrumental in the return of Brat Days, now held at Kiwanis Park. He had amazing talents: figure skating, which he was asked to be on Holiday Ice, oil painting and the ability to write his little Christian Gem Books.
He enjoyed going to the Elkhart Lake races where he had so much energy you could hardly keep up with him, fishing, and socializing with family and many friends.
Dale was united in marriage to the late Sandra Deskivich and they had two daughters.
He is survived by his daughters, Julie (James) Mellon and Jennifer Belke; five grandchildren, Christopher, Alexa, Journee, Jaedin and Ruebie and two great-grandchildren, Leo and Lia.
He is preceded in death by his birth mother, adoptive parents, brother Jim Maddox and many other family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1248 Lincoln Ave., Sheboygan. Family and friends may gather at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. Inurnment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, Dale requested that donations be made to St. John’s Food Pantry or the Sheboygan Cancer Society in his name. Condolences may be expressed online at www.reinboldfh.com.
A special thank you to Ken and Liz Buesing for their love and support for many years to Dale. Also a thank you to Dr. Johnson and staff, St. Vincent Hospital, St. Nicholas Hospital, Sharon S. Richardson Hospice and Meadow View Manor as well as family and friends that were there for him.
Dale will be remembered for his humor, stories he told and his big heart. He had a great life with no regrets, he always said he did it his way. He will continue to put a smile on your face with good memories. If you are ever weak remember the strength he had. He will be missed and remain in our hearts. God loves you and so do I.
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