F Dale Kuenzli, age 82, of St Johns, MI passed away January 20, 2020. He was preceded in heaven by Patricia - his wife of 61 years. Dale was a graduate and distinguished alumni of Michigan State University. He was an active member of his communities – both St Johns, Mi and Mesa, Az in the winter.
Dale dedicated his life to his family, working in agriculture and supporting his neighbors and friends. During his life, Dale was a community leader in a wide variety of service roles including PTO President, a 4-H Leader, Duck’s Unlimited and the Lions Club. During the winter months, he was an avid supporter of the retirement community where he lived leading and serving various organizations. Dale was known for finding a friend wherever he was at and helping a neighbor in need.
Dale worked in the dry edible bean business – opening worldwide markets for farmers around the state and region for both Farm Bureau and his own company, Valley Marketing. As the Michigan Bean Commissioner, his career allowed him to travel to several continents where he opened markets for Michigan beans and made friends for life. He made national news for setting up the largest bean export contract at the time between the United States and Mexico.
Dale was passionate about family. He is survived by his five children, Leslie (Dale) Lotspeich, Nevada; Lisa (Steve) Croissant, Colorado, Jolene (Mitch) Supp, Nevada; Jennifer (Conrado) Dominguez, Michigan; John (Grace), Alabama; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves three brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home on Saturday, February 22, 2020 beginning at 1:00 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. at which time there will be memorial service with Rev. Suzanne Goodwin officiating.
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