On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Dale Carl Seehaver was called to his forever home. Dale had been fighting esophageal cancer since November, but he can honestly say that cancer did not kill him, a fact of which he would be very proud. Rather, it was a trip to the bathroom that was the final straw for his body, a fact in which he would be even more proud. God decided that he needed someone to announce the tractor pulls in heaven on this day.
Dale was born in Ripon Memorial Hospital and raised in the township of Mecan, Marquette County, on October 3, 1946, to Carl and Irene (Wendt) Seehaver. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Princeton High School, class of 1964. It was during high school that he met Suzanne Krahn, who remained his beautiful wife for 53 years. Their marriage was blessed with 4 children: Kim (Mike) Meinhardt, Amy (Kirk) Van Dreel, Jill (Aaron) Timm, and Doug (special friend Kimberly Ruel) Seehaver. While Dale loved farming, even dairy farming, he sold the cows in 1989 in order to save the family farm, which is now entering its 6th generation. This was the best career decision that he ever made, as it led to the creation of River Dale Farm Shop. This has led to a 3 generation leadership including Dale, his son Doug, and one of his grandsons, Tim. There over the next 31 years, Dale made a name for himself repairing, restoring, and reselling farm tractors. He was most recognized as “that Minnie guy” for being the go-to man to procure hard-to-find Minneapolis Moline tractors and their parts. “That Minnie guy” was even called to heaven clad in his favorite colors of harvest gold and red, quite by coincidence, but duly noted by the family. Tractor pulling became his pride and joy whether it be actually driving his prized 5 Star Minnie, or watching Doug compete on the Light Super Stock G1000 Minnie. Over the last few years, he was the announcer for Harrisville Tractor Pulling Association, the Marquette County Fair pulls, and the Endeavor tractor pulls. He never missed a story about every tractor that went down the track.
The only thing that could compete with his love of tractors was his love and pride for his 11 grandchildren. He was forever commenting about their accomplishments, big or small, to anyone who would listen and loved being their Bampa. They are Devon, Tim and Mandy (special friend Nathan) Breene; Brianna (fiancé Jake), Schuyler, and Shelby Van Dreel; Samantha (Tyler) Naparalla and Ashley Seehaver; Jacob, Megan and Jensen Timm.
Dale is further survived by his brother, Darrell (Carrie) Seehaver; as well as many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law in Suzie’s family. He will be greatly missed by his cat Brutus.
Dale had the path paved to heaven by his parents, his sister, Doreen; and many other wonderful family members and friends.
Per Dale’s wishes, a private service will be held for the immediate family. Because of the current health concerns in our country, the family will have a public celebration of his life at the Harrisville Fireman’s Park at a later date.
Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home
Sunset Cremation Center in Princeton
Serving the Family, 920-295-6631
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