Lifetime Plymouth resident, Dale A. Manuwal, 84, passed away in his home, surrounded in love, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.
Born in Plymouth, May 11, 1936, Dale was the son of Myrl and Mearlie (McKesson) Manuwal. As a young boy, Dale could be found many days along the river or in the woods harvesting game or fish for dinner. In his mind, the woods and rivers were his school. So, he frequently skipped school to enjoy what he loved, being in nature.
On June 15, 1957, in Plymouth, Dale married Carolyn M. Kamp.
During his high school years, he began logging. He cut, skidded, and hauled for many years. Dale worked for Sanders Lumber Company in South Bend, cruising and marking timber. In 1979, he started his own sawmill in Plymouth, Manuwal Sawmill. He would finish raising his family with that business, and his son, Tim, would become involved in the operations. Through his hard work, the business expanded to eight buildings. His sawmill also cut the material Dale used to build his family’s home.
Tim worked side by side with his dad for over 40 years. It was Dale’s wish to build his own casket. But running on Manuwal time, Tim was able to complete this project for him instead. It would also be the casket Tim would be laid in when he passed on Feb. 22, 2020.
He was a longtime member of Ducks Unlimited and spent a few years as sponsorship of Ducks Unlimited. He was a longtime member of several trapping organizations and a lifetime member of the Indiana State Trappers Association. Dale was part of the Menominee Marsh Development that was initiated by Dale and Marv Miller.
Dale trapped in Indiana and Arkansas. His top year he trapped 41 coyote, one red fox and one bobcat. He also took many fishing trips to Canada and pheasant hunting in Iowa and Kansas.
He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Bottorff, Barb (Garry) Hartman, Vicki Manuwal, and daughter-in-law, Janet Manuwal, all of Plymouth. Also surviving are his nine grandchildren: Thad (Amanda) Manuwal, Jaymie (Randall) Dickson, Bellinda Bottorff (fiancé Jacob Seagraves), Lillian Bottorff, Francis Bottorff, Nichole Hartman, David (Jessica) Hartman, Kelsey Hartman, and Sydney Manuwal; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings-in-law: Sharon, Pat (Ernest), Deb (Mike), Margaret and Linda; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Carolyn in 2016; his parents; sons; James and Timothy Manuwal; two grandsons, Devin Manuwal, Myles Manuwal; a great granddaughter; brother, Fred Manuwal; and brothers-in-law, Kenny (Sondra) and Dale Kamp.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 North Michigan Street, Plymouth.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 1, in the funeral home with Chaplain Wyatt Smith officiating. Visitation will resume one hour prior. Burial will be in the New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial contributions can be made to Center for Hospice Care 112 S. Center St. Plymouth IN 46563.