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Butch Dalen, 70, of Roscoe passed away Monday, January 15th at his home surrounded by his family. Born May 7th, 1947 in Rockford, IL to Edwin O. and Leona (Miller) Dalen. Graduated from Harlem High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from 1967-1970. He was sent to Vietnam where he was wounded twice within one week. He received 2 purple hearts and many other awards. He worked for many years at Rockford Process Control as an electrician, until he retired in 2016. Butch was involved in many activities throughout his life. If he wasn't playing sports he was coaching them. He was involved with the Harlem Community Center and Forest Hills Diamonds, where he was voted coach of the year many times. He coached his sons and grandchildren's games whenever he could.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, Uncle and friend. Butch was married to Micky (Swartout) Dalen for 23 blissful years. He was a disgruntled Chicago Bears fan who was kicked out of the house on many occasions for his negativity on football Sundays. He loved to be with his family any chance he could going camping, hiking, and having cook-outs. He was always there to help when needed. He never complained about helping someone in need. He was honest to a fault and would let you know if he thought you were in the wrong.
He attended any event or sporting event his grandkids were involved in. He loved to give his grandkids advice on how they could improve or what they could have done better on. He loved being a Grandpa and was devoted to each and every one of them.
Survived by his wife Micky (Swartout) Dalen and Ex-wife and friend Carolyn Dalen. His sons; Ed (Melanie) Dalen, Brian (Lora) Dalen, and Jason Dalen. Daughters; Amy Beck, and Tammy (Bob) Remily. Sisters; Romel (George) Neblock, Wendy (Andy) Kawalec, and Moana Pena. Brothers; Laird Dalen and Tracy Dalen. Grandsons; Jacob Tijerina, Drew Boyd, Evan Dalen, Keegan Beck, Austin Dalen, Jackson Remily, and Thomas Dalen. Granddaughters; Samantha (Ryan) Cross, Aryn (Drew) Hayden, Aubrey Dalen, Casey Johnson, Paige Gordon, Lauren Huff, and Kylee Beck. Great- Grandsons, Cameron Jenkins, O'dyn Cross, and Aven Hayden. Great- Granddaughters; Myleigh Jenkins and Joslyn Cross and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Predeceased by his parents Ed and Leona Dalen, Father-In-Law Orlando Swartout, and Brother-In-Law Jim Pena.
Special thank you to all our family and friends who came provided great support and comfort during this difficult time.
Visitation to be held at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park on Saturday, January 20th at 9:00 a.m. with services to follow at 11:00 a.m.