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Dale D. McKellin, Sr.
August 21, 1946 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 77) 77 Years Old
Dale D. McKellin, Sr., a cherished patriarch and friend to many, passed away peacefully at St. Luke's Hospital, Monroe, on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, a date that marked the closing chapter of an exceptional life lived after 77 years. Born on August 21, 1946, in Bethlehem, Dale was a man whose warm presence and friendly demeanor were as steadfast as the mountains he adored.
Dale's journey began as the beloved son of the late Edward and Helen (Eckhart) McKellin and grew up alongside his brothers, the late Jerry and Butch McKellin. His formative years at Liberty High School were the foundation of a life characterized by dedication and hard work. It was this dedication that led him to a remarkable career at Service Tire Truck Center, where he loyally served for over 47 years until his well-deserved retirement.
Dale was a man whose essence was intertwined with the natural beauty of the Pocono mountains and his beloved cabin. In 2018, he fulfilled his dream of moving to the cabin, immersing himself fully in the joys of nature. It was here that he spent his days hunting, fishing, and riding ATVs, activities that were not just hobbies but extensions of his love for life and the outdoors. His devotion to his family was evident in every aspect of his life, especially in the way he embraced the simple pleasures of mountain life with them.
Those who knew Dale will remember him as a loving and friendly soul, a man who treated everyone he met with a kindness that was genuine and heartwarming. His laughter was infectious, his stories captivating, and his advice always given with the best intentions at heart. Dale's legacy is one of love, strength, and the joy of a life well-lived.
The heart of Dale's world was his family, with whom he shared the deepest bonds of love and affection. He was the devoted husband to his late wife, Linda S. (Applegate) McKellin, with whom he shared 45 joyous years of marriage until her passing on October 26, 2010. Together, they raised two sons, Keith E. McKellin and his wife Susan, and Dale D. McKellin, Jr. and his wife Becky, instilling in them the values of family and hard work. Dale took immense pride in his role as a grandfather to Joshua, Hailey, and Dale McKellin III and his wife Jenna. He was also a loving great-grandfather to Maeve and Dale, IV. Dale is also survived by his sister, Louise Decker.
Services: A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Cantelmi Long Funeral Home, 500 Linden Street Bethlehem, PA 18018, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10 A.M. until time of the service. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Memorial Park Cemetery. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. A memory tribute may be placed at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com.
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association of the Lehigh Valley, 4250 Crums Mill Road Harrisburg, PA 17112.