2017-08-03 / Obituaries

Dale Thomas Sandera

Dale Thomas Sandera, 70, Houghton Lake, died Aug. 4, 2017, at Saginaw VA Hospital.

A service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8,  at noon at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Roscommon, with the Rev. James Noggle officiating. Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel. Interment will be in Roscommon Township Cemetery. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel, handled arrangements.

He was born July 14, 1947, in Cleveland, OH, to Thomas and Norma (Kenny) Sandera. He grew up in Chagrin Falls, OH, graduating from Kenston High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician during the Vietnam War. 

Following his time in the Air Force, he moved to Houghton Lake. He worked as a machinist for Eckerle Tools, later known as White Pine of Roscommon. He later owned Craftman's Cove, Sandy's Hobby Corner and Outback Custom Marine at Houghton Lake. He also owned a charter boat and pizza restaurant in Florida. 

On July 1, 1995, he and Deborah Lou Riley were united in marriage in Prudenville. He was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Houghton Lake Eagles, American Model Association and Roscommon Radio Control Aviators and was former exalted ruler at the Houghton-Higgins Lake Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and radio controlled planes.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and two brothers, Tom Sandera and Gary Sandera. 

Surviving Mr. Sandera are his wife of 22 years, Deborah Lou Sandera of Houghton Lake; two sons, David (Brenda) Sandera of Houghton Lake and Kevin (Kiley Semans) Sandera of Higgins Lake; stepdaughter, Tracy (Rick) Aardema of Merritt; five grandchildren; two brothers, Bruce (Cheryl) Sandera of Houghton Lake and Robert Sandera of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw. 

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