Chelsey Dale Dempsey of Merrill was called to his heavenly home on October 8th, 2021. His loving family will carry his memories forever. Dale, as he liked to be called, also resided in Appleton, Milwaukee and Polar, Wisconsin.
Dale was born on November 27, 1931 in Urania, LA to the late Dewit Devoe Dempsey and Flora Ena Dempsey. Dale resided in Winnfield, LA and later moved to Beaumont, TX. In the early years, his family homesteaded land near the Kasatchie National Forest. Dale had many stories to tell of the adventures of living off the land and of his family’s construction of a log cabin on the land they were homesteading. His mother passed away when he was 9 years of age, and he was then raised by extended family members.
Dale felt a call to enter the ministry as early as age 12. He pursued this calling by attending Apostolic Bible Institute, St. Paul MN, from 1951 to 1954. He then pastored churches in Prescott, MN, Marinette, WI, White Lake, WI and Appleton, WI from 1955-1977. He worked at Badger Northland in Kaukauna from 1966-1982. Dale was a Christian School Administrator in Neenah and Milwaukee, WI.
Dale was known for his Bible study teaching both in the church setting and in private homes. Only eternity will reveal the many souls that were affected by Dale’s teaching. Dale loved to read and watch educational films. He could often be seen carrying his newspaper with him.
Dale and his wife Gerrie displayed their love for children both in the Christian School setting and by their care of the 34 foster children they brought into their home. Many of the children stayed for an extended time, and still consider them “Grandma and Grandpa”.
Dale was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Ann (McKinnon) Dempsey, and a brother, Ronald. Also, a son in law, Jeffery Shilts, brother in law, Donald McKinnon, sisters in law, Dorothy Dempsey and Madeline McKinnon, and great-grand daughters, Lily Helgestad and Lydia Marie Zornow.
Dale is survived by his wife Geraldine Dempsey, four children: Glenna (Richard) Frazier of Racine, Brenda (Scott) Huse of Merrill, Kevin (Mary Jo) Dempsey of Appleton and Kelly (Leslie) Dempsey of Appleton, three step children; John (Vicky) Haubrich of Brillion, Linda (Jim) Moses of Janesville, Michael (Shannon) Haubrich of Texas, 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Dale will be greatly missed by his family and friends. His life will be honored and remembered at the funeral services to be held at Apostolic Truth Church, 2720 Kesting Ct., Appleton on Saturday, October 16th, 2021 at 1pm with a visitation beginning at 12pm. A visitation will also be held at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton, from 4-8pm Friday, October 15th, 2021 from 4-8pm.
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