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Dale Thomas Sandera

July 14, 1947 ~ August 4, 2017 (age 70)

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Dale Thomas Sandera, 70, of  Houghton Lake passed away on Friday August 4, 2017 at Saginaw VA Hospital.

Dale was born on July 14, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio to Thomas and Norma (Kenny) Sandera. He grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio graduating from Kenston High School. Dale served in the Air Force as a Radar Technician during the Vietnam War. Following his time in the Air Force Dale 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 in Houghton Lake. Dale also owned a charter boat and pizza restaurant in Florida. On July 1, 1995 in Prudenville,  Dale was married to Deborah Lou Riley. Dale was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Houghton Lake Eagles, American Model Association, Roscommon Radio Control Aviators, and former Exulted Ruler at Houghton Lake Elks Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and radio controlled planes.

Surviving Mr. Sandera are his loving 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; step daughter, Tracy (Rick) Aardema of Merritt; five grandchildren; two brothers, Bruce (Cheryl) Sandera of Houghton Lake, and Robert Sandera of PA; several nieces and nephews. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Tom Sandera, and Gary Sandera. 

Funeral Services for Dale Thomas Sandera will be conducted at 12:00 pm on Tuesday August 8, 2017 from Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 149 W. Robinson Lake Road, Roscommon with Rev. James Noggle officiating. Interment will be in Roscommon Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday August 7, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel.  Memorial contributions in memory of Dale are asked to be directed to Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan. Christler Funeral Home, Houghton Lake Chapel is serving the family. Condolences can be sent to the family online at 

 Service Information

August 7, 2017

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Christler Funeral Home- Houghton Lake Chapel
6651 W. Houghton Lake Drive
Houghton Lake, Michigan 48629

Funeral Service
August 8, 2017

12:00 PM
Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
149 W. Robinson Lake Road
Roscommon, MI 48653

Graveside Service
August 8, 2017

3:00 PM
Roscommon Township Cemetery
2600 S. Tower Hill Rd
Houghton Lake, MI 48629

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