Dale Allen Morlen, age 68, of Highland, passed away Saturday, March 21 at Willow Creek Nursing Home in Belleville. Funeral services for 68 year old Dale Allen Morlen will be Thursday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Meridith Funeral Home in Highland. Burial will be in Highland City Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to service time at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to Back Stoppers, Highland Animal Shelter, Masons, or Tree House.
Dale was born April 5, 1946, to Massey and Ruth (nee Plank) Morlen, in Granite City, IL. He married Dixie Maden at the E&R Church, in Troy, IL.
He was a fireman in Hazelwood, MO, for 28 years, retiring as Captain in 2007. He was a member of the Masons and Highland Pistol & Rifle Club. He also was a volunteer fireman for Highland for many years. He loved his firemen brothers as he did his own family. He, along with his wife, started Highland Animal Shelter. He liked wildlife, fishing, photography, and shooting at the gun club.
He loved his family, and especially spending time with his grandson fishing and his granddaughter 4-wheeling.
He is survived by his wife, Dixie Lee Morlen, Highland, IL; daughter, Amy Earlaine (fiance Michael Taylor) Huelsmann; grandchildren, Chloe Elisabeth Huelsmann, Seth Allen Huelsmann; step grandchildren, Jordan Lee Taylor, Tobie Lynn Taylor, and Daniel Jacob Taylor; brother, Ron (Lisa) Morlen; nieces, Mandy (Chris) Robinson and Salina (Lucas) Bollinger; nephews, Ronnie Morlen and Jonathan Morlen; and loyal pet, Wally Wonka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Massey and Ruth Morlen; stepgrandson, Caleb Michael Taylor.