Daniel B. McFadden Sr., age 90, of Marshall, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the evening of Monday, July 17th, 2023.
Dan was born May 8th, 1933, in the village of Curran, Michigan to Lewis and Tresa (Wiedbrauk) McFadden. Dan was the third of six children. He attended primary schools in Lincoln and Flint before the family moved to Bangor, Michigan. It was at his 8th grade graduation where Dan met the love of his life, Marilyn A. Grimes, who whistled a song titled “The Indian Love Song” for her performance. They would become high school sweethearts and graduate from Bangor High School in 1951.
Dan attended Kalamazoo College and pursued a degree in Economics. Just after his junior year, Dan and Marilyn were married at the college in Stetson Chapel in June of 1954. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1955 and was drafted by the Army in 1956. Dan served in Germany, with Marilyn joining him there, and was honorably discharged in 1960 with the rank of Sergeant. While in Germany, Dan and Marilyn welcomed the birth of their eldest son.
After returning to the United States, Dan was employed by Michigan National Bank as a loan officer. Dan and Marilyn welcomed 2 more sons and 2 daughters during these busy years. When American National Bank was formed, Dan served as its City President and later returned to Michigan National. In 1983 Dan moved to Marshall to become a Vice President for Michigan National and later served as its City President. He retired early in 1988 and started his own commercial real estate firm, McFadden Commercial Services, where he worked until last year. Dan earned both his CCIM and ALC designations while a commercial broker.
During his professional career, Dan was active in church and community organizations. Dan served as an Elder at Westlake Presbyterian in Battle Creek and First Presbyterian of Marshall. He was active with the Boy Scouts (Troop 355) and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his service. Dan also served the business community as the President of the Jaycees, President of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and Board Member for Battle Creek Unlimited. He was also a member of Ambucks and Toastmasters International.
Life was not limited to work and serving others in the community however. Dan also enjoyed his time with the Sundown Squares, where he and Marilyn spent many evenings dancing, his travels all over the United States with his family, and his meetings with the Literary Guild.
Dan was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother and uncle. He loved the Lord and was a faithful Christian his whole life. He is survived by his children Daniel (Deborah) McFadden Jr. of Pachuta, Mississippi, Matthew McFadden of Valparaiso, Indiana, Melanie (Kevin) Ford of Williamston, David (Sallie Jo) McFadden of Bellevue, and Debra McFadden of Gold Canyon, Arizona; 9 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren with a 4th arriving in December of this year. He is also survived by his brother Richard (Marilyn) McFadden and their children, sister Glenna Putney and her children, niece Debra Somers (Patrick) Burbank, niece Dawn Berbert, and close family friends, Jame and Renee. Special thanks to the men of the Tuesday Morning Iron Man group and the staff and members of Heritage Commons Senior Center for all their friendship and support.
Dan was preceded in death by his beloved wife Marilyn, parents Tresa and Lewis, sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Herman Somers, and brothers James and William McFadden.
Memorial donations may be made to the Family Bible Church Building Fund in Marshall or the Fort Custer National Cemetery Honor Guard.
Visitation will take place on Monday, July 24, 2023 at 10am at Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, Michigan 49068. A Funeral Service will follow immediately after at 11am with Pastor Richard Gerten officiating. A luncheon will be held directly after the service and burial will follow at 2pm at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd, Augusta, Michigan 49012.
Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, Michigan 49068. Please visit www.//kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, to sign the online guestbook, or to leave the family condolences.