Vale Fay Ouderkirk, 88, of Hope, died Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2014, at Tendercare of Midland. He was born Jan. 29, 1926 in Flint, son of the late Roy and Pearl (Wiltse) Ouderkirk. Vale grew up in Rosebush, graduating from Mt. Pleasant High School. He had worked in plumbing and heating sales for Sears and Roebuck in Lansing and Midland. He also owned Vale's Handy Helper Service in Hope.
Vale loved writing poetry, and was a prolific poet under his pen name "Vale Fay," always having pen and paper in hand. He retired as a Minister of the Olson Community Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Vale served with the U.S. Army
during World War II
, serving in Italy, Africa and the Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign. He married the former Thelma "Sally" D. Yager March 7, 1945 in Rosebush. She preceded him in death Sept. 20, 2007.
He is survived by one son, Paul (Janine) Ouderkirk of Hope; one daughter, Diane E. Stone of Midland; two brothers, his twin, Dale (Donna) Ouderkirk of Bradenton, Fla. and Foster (Donna) Ouderkirk of Davenport, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Anderson and Nora Ouderkirk, both of Lansing; 15 grandchildren, one step-grandchild; 34 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, Vale was preceded in death by four sons, Edward, Steven, Daniel and David Ouderkirk; and by two sisters, Inez McCracken and Agnes May.
Funeral and committal services will take place 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler Street. The Rev. Bill Greiner will officiate, and burial will be in the Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Vale's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, from 4-7 p.m., and on Friday, from 12 noon until time of service. Full Military Honors with be presented by the Midland Area Veterans
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