Danielson, Dale A.
Oct. 1, 1952 – January 13, 2021
He survived lung cancer, but was undergoing tests and received medication for undiagnosed stomach pain which ultimately contributed to his fatal fall. Dale was born into the loving family of Adelyn and LeRoy “Muggs” Danielson on October 1, 1952 in Waupaca, WI. He has two sisters and four brothers who have all maintained close ties to each other and to the Waupaca community. His motto was “Live and let live.” He was a genuinely loving man and loyal friend. His natural athleticism allowed him to excel at bowling, golf, pool, horseshoes, table tennis, baseball, volleyball, fishing and hunting with bow and gun. He was an avid card player, especially Schopskopf (sheepshead), which he played regularly. He enjoyed music, dancing, and was known for his beautiful tenor/baritone voice at karaoke events. After graduation from Waupaca High School, Dale worked at Pepsi Bottling, Kirby Vacuum Sales, Waupaca Foundry, and bartended at a variety of local establishments such as Oakwood Inn, Country Inn, and Central Lanes, just to mention a few. He attended a professional technical training on ABF Pin Setting Equipment while working for Gary Wikel at Central Lanes. Dale bowled in the professional bowlers elimination tournament, as well as being active over many years in local leagues and state tournaments. Dale married Beverly Ahlquist on Sept. 10, 1977 and divorced in 1993. They had two children, Jenna (Ms. Glenn Fehrman) and Brian (Mrs. Jill) Danielson, both living in Waupaca with their families. Nothing meant more to Dale than his children. While living and working in Appleton, he attended MSTC for Honda Repair and Maintenance. He worked many years at Mike’s Cycle Shop, Appleton. He divorced in 1993 and moved back to Waupaca where he owned and operated Waupaca Motorcycle Repair. Through the success of his motorcycle business, he was able to purchase The Ballpark Bar which he owned for 20 years. He was semi-retired working as “Honey Do Helper” handyman at Green Fountain Inn located just three doors up from the Danielson home on Lake Street. Dale was caring, fun-loving, laid-back, young at heart, fearless and was as tough and tender as need be. He made everyone around him calm and comfortable with his non-judgemental and kind spirit. He didn’t say much, but when he did, everyone listened.
He will be deeply missed by his two children, (daughter Jenna (Ms. Glenn Fehrman), son Brian (and wife Jill); five grandchildren (Jesse, Leah and Jaylyn Fehrman, Mya and Madelyn Danielson, and three step-grandchildren, (Kirsten Fehrman (Donovan), Korina Bublitz (Mrs. Tyler) and MacKenzie Gunderson, plus eight great-grandchildren. Other surviving family are two sisters, Deanne (Mrs. Wayne Neubauer) and Debbie Boers (Mrs. Barclay Boers-exp) plus four brothers and spouses: Don and Phyllis of Lindsstrom, MN; David (and Lucy) of Waupaca, Doug and Judy in Clayton, NC; Darren and Vicki in Duluth, MN. Dale was also loved by 20 nieces and nephews plus their extended families. He was preceded in death by both his parents (Adelyn and Muggs Danielson), all grandparents, one brother-in-law (Barclay Boers), three cousins (Cheryl Mains of Merrill, Larry “Butch” Danielson of King, Denis Danielsen of Neenah) and his partner and best friend of many years, Paula Morey-Weisbrod. Dale’s generosity and gentle, calming presence will be sadly missed by his family and friends in the Waupaca community.
A celebration of his life will be held this Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at Hidden Waters Golf and Bar of Waupaca on Hwy 54 east. We welcome all of Dale’s friends and family to attend and share their love and stories.