Dale Rottman, Sr., 77 of Hope, formerly of Almont, MI, passed away at his home peacefully after his battle with cancer on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was born January 4, 1944 in Centerline, MI, to Norman and Gabriella (VanHaverbeck) Rottman. On July 25, 1964, he married Diane Farchone in Detroit, MI. Dale grew up in Sterling Township working at the family owned gas station. He was a tool and die maker for Pontiac Motor and Ford Motor Company for over 31 years. Dale’s love for his family could only be met by his passion for his 1968 3-speed Corvette and his Harleys. His admiration for collecting and restoring things to their original beauty gained him numerous friends and acquaintances. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edenville, MI, where he met his second family from AA, which was his life support.
Dale is survived by his children, Debi (Billy Joe) Gillispie of Lapeer, MI, Dale (Gayle) Rottman Jr. of Beaverton, MI, Devin Rottman of Almont, MI, and Derek Rottman of TN. He is also survived by his siblings, Marvin Rottman of Beaverton, MI, Donald (Janice) Rottman of Shelby, Township, MI, Mary Armstrong of Beaverton, MI, Ann (Bill) Kluger of Capac, MI, JoAnn (Willie) Mills of Forrest Lake, MI; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Rottman of Beaverton, MI and Denise (Chad) Wolf of Deckerville, MI. Along with that, 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; family; and friends. Also his best friend, Bernie Zobel.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Diane; parents, Norman and Gabriella Rottman; brothers, Norman, Joseph and Francis (Butch) Rottman; sisters-in-law, Connie and Shirley Rottman; and brother-in-law, Don Armstrong.
A Rosary took place Friday, June 11 at the Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home in Beaverton. Services for Dale took place on Saturday, June 12, 2021, officiated by Fr. Dan Fox, also at Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home in Beaverton.
Cremation will be taking place, with a burial of the ashes at New Hope Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Hall-Kokotovich Funeral Home. www.hallkokotovichfuneralhome.com