Dale Paul Morey

POYNETTE – Dale Paul Morey, age 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Dekorra Township on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Dale was born on May 24, 1934, in Spooner, Wisconsin, the son of Dane and Frances (Schnagel) Morey. He was first employed in Shell Lake as Under Sheriff of Washburn County which was a ground-breaking experience in the field of Law enforcement that continued through his career. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Dale met the love of his life, Mary Conley, at Whispering Pines Resort near Minong, WI, where they worked together and formed a life-long bond. They were married on June 5, 1959, and were fortunate to raise five wonderful children.  He tried his hand in the newspaper business. While he was the Editor for the Turtle Lake Times, he was offered a position as the Wisconsin State Conservation Warden. In 1964, he was stationed as a Field Warden in Appleton. In 1972, Dale and the family moved to Black Earth after he was promoted to the position of State Boating Law Administrator in the Department of Natural Resources where he was employed for 18 years. He had the opportunity to be in on the ground floor of the development and advancement of the State and National Boating Safety Program. He retired from the State in 1990 and launched a consulting career that was an offshoot of his State career. During retirement, Dale developed and taught boating accident investigation for 11 years in every State in the Union and was an active boat accident consultant in boating accident litigations.  Dale enjoyed downhill skiing, tennis, bowling, hunting, fishing and traveling, as well as gardening, landscaping and spending time with his children, grandchildren and black labs.  

He is survived by his five children, Dana (David) Sanft, Debbie (Steve) Marx, Dawn (Paul) Fassbender, Paula (James) Whitaker, Dane (Tammy) Morey; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; two brothers, Robert and Ben Morey; and nephew, Bob Morey.

Private services will be held, with Military Honors provided by Portage Area Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for donations to be made in Dale’s memory.

Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.  

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