HASTINGS [mdash] Dale Orrin Perin, a longtime Traverse City resident, died peacefully in his sleep at Thornapple Manor in Hastings, attended by his family. He was born on Aug. 6, 1933 in Grand Rapids to Rex and Alice (Van Kampen) Perin.
Dale graduated from Ann Arbor Senior High School and served as a U.S. Army cryptographer in both Japan and Korea during the Korean War. Following his military service, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Michigan State University in 1958 and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He may have been Sparty’s greatest fan.
Dale married Shirley Ann Abbott in 1953 in Ann Arbor. They had four daughters before moving the family to Traverse City in 1970.
Dale’s business ventures included accounting, retail owner, real estate and banking. He was an avid golfer and thrived on the cut-throat competition of church league golf. Together, he and Shirley enjoyed downhill and cross-country skiing, Scottish country dancing, traveling the U.S. and Europe and singing in the choir at Faith Reformed Church, where they were actively involved for over 30 years. The family spent summers at their cottage in McGregor Bay, Ontario, Canada, where Dale loved to fish, sail, beat the socks off everyone at cards and indulge in spy novels. He and Shirley especially enjoyed sharing their little bit of glorious wilderness with friends.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife and parents.
He is survived by his daughters, Martha (Stewart) MacLeod, of Traverse City, Amy (Timothy) Bass, of Hastings, Linda Perin, also of Hastings, and Jill (Hratch) Avakian, of Walnut Creek, California. Dale delighted in his grandchildren, Jennifer (Brandon), Andrea (Michael), Alyson and Alec; and in his great-grandchildren, Brooks, Deacon and Charlotte. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley (Lloyd) Miller, of Traverse City; and by his many nieces and nephews and their children.
The Perin family is so grateful for the wonderful friends who helped following Dale’s stroke in 2012 as well as the caring staff at Orchard Creek, Traverse City; Woodland Terrace, Bridgman; and Thornapple Manor, Hastings. His life was much enriched by their encouragement and good care these last few years.
Dale was a very loving, caring man, and all who remember him will miss both his warmth and his antic sense of humor. We are sure he was greeted by his Lord with the words, “Well done, my good and faithful son.”
There will be a private family service at a future date.
If any would like to contribute to organizations important to Dale in his memory, please consider The Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) and WLJN Christian Radio, PO Box 1408, Traverse City, MI 49685.

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