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Donald Dale Freeman

February 28, 1950 — August 7, 2021

Donald Dale Freeman

Donald Dale Freeman, 71 of Gaylord, passed away at home on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

Born in Holly, Michigan on February 28, 1950, he was the son of Donald F. and Mary (Gazlay) Freeman.  Dale lived in Lewiston for several years before moving to Vanderbilt and later to Gaylord.

Having been together for 13 years, Dale and his longtime companion, the former Dawn Berney, were married at their home in Lewiston on October 23, 2004.

He was a long time auto mechanic and in recent years kept busy buying, repairing and reselling cars.

He enjoyed working with hands, spending many hours woodworking and building, often for family and friends.  In his spare time, Dale enjoyed camping and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn; his children, Lisa Peters of Gaylord, Donald A. Freeman of Gaylord, Dillon (Darlene Wood) Freeman of Vanderbilt, Mandy Berney of Gaylord, April Berney of Gaylord and Malisha Berney of Oregon; grandchildren, Marcus, Taylor, Tristan, Kayla, Maddie, Desmond, Stephen, Daniel, Noah and Aruna; great grandchildren, Revolution, Evelyn Grace, Aurora Jane and Theo; a brother, Allen (Mary); sisters, Sandy and Rita (Gary) and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his family will remember him privately.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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