Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, Milan.
Dale was born June 28, 1939, in Rock Island, a son of Arthur and Mamie Brennan DePaepe. He married Cheryl A. Eihl on Nov. 30, 1974, in Milan.
He worked as a meat cutter for Eagle Foods for many years and retired in 2001.
Dale was a member of the Meat Cutter's Union Local 431, Milan Rifle Club, National Rifle Association and the Police Association. For Dale, family was first; he loved his family. He enjoyed his daily trips to the donut shop, sending and receiving emails and driving through Sunset Park. He also enjoyed telling jokes, boating, watching football and was a NASCAR fan.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; children, Kelli DePaepe, Anaheim, Calif., Kevin (Pam) DePaepe, Whitewater, Wis., and Karri DePaepe Smith (Tim Smith), Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Ben) DeBisschop, Colleen (Ryan) Estand, Thomas VanDeWalle, Claire Sherman, Jonathan DePaepe, Heather DePaepe, Ian Smith, Leah Bell, Sarah Sennett and Amber DePaepe; great-grandchildren, Cathleen, Benjamin, Julia, Abigail, Eleanor and Anthony; sisters, Beverly Hamlin, Florida, Linda (Lawrence) Diedrich, South Carolina, and Nancy (Richard) Ballinger, Rock Island; and his good friend, Mickey Bowden, Rock Island. He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
The family would like to thank Dr. Humphrey Wong, Genesis Hospice and his visiting nurse, Barry DePorter, for the excellent and loving care given to Dale during his illness. Dale's children would also like to thank granddaughter, Elizabeth, for all the love and care given to PaPa.
Online condolence may be left at wheelanpressly.com.