Dale’s life story was intertwined with his deep and enduring love for Evelyn Engquist, whom he met during their school years at Muskegon Public Schools. Their journey together as a couple officially began on September 7, 1957, when they exchanged vows and embarked on a shared life filled with love and companionship. Dale’s professional journey commenced shortly after graduating from school when he became an apprentice carpenter at Muskegon Construction Company.
His passion for carpentry was ignited during his high school days, thanks to a remarkable cabinet making instructor. He was also a proud member of the Big Reds varsity football team for three years during his time at Muskegon High School. From a young age, he aspired to be a carpenter, and he pursued this dream with unwavering determination. At just 21 years old.
He embarked on the construction of his and Evelyn’s first home, a testament to his commitment to providing for his family and mastering his craft. In 1984, Dale, alongside his brother Bill and friend Walt Dahms, recognized a need in the community for a company that prioritized exceptional craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. This realization led to the creation of Muskegon Quality Builders, a family-owned company that remains a leader in construction services in West Michigan to this day.
Dale’s skilled hands left an indelible mark on countless buildings in Muskegon and the surrounding areas. He was not only a master of his trade but also a dedicated teacher, passing on his knowledge and skills to many aspiring carpenters. Dale’s dedication to his work was unparalleled. He possessed an unshakeable work ethic, never missing a day’s work, and approaching every task with enthusiasm.
For Dale, work was not merely an obligation; it was a labor of love, and there was always work to be done. During the past 22 Michigan winters, Dale and Evelyn found joy in their Florida home in Zephyrhills. There, Dale continued to stay active, participating in a weekly bowling league, daily noon pool games, and afternoon poker and cribbage games.
While he spent most of his life in Muskegon, he eventually retired to his piece of paradise on McLaren Lake in Hesperia. This serene haven provided him with ample opportunities for fishing, playing ladder jack and bumper pool, and enjoying boat and 4-wheeler rides. Dale Grimm’s legacy extends beyond his impressive carpentry skills and strong work ethic.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, a devoted teacher, and a man who found joy in both work and leisure. His impact on the community and the lives of those he touched will be cherished for generations to come. In remembrance of Dale’s life, his family and friends will forever treasure the memories of his unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and his enduring love for his family.