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Frank Dailey, age 69, died Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at his home in Warren, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born November 14, 1948 in Detroit, son of the late Francis Joseph Dailey and the late Josephine Marie (nee: Carey) Dailey.

Born in Detroit, Frank's childhood and school years were experienced in the suburbs when the family pulled up stakes in the Motor City and planted them anew in the hamlet of Hazel Park. It wasn't that far from Detroit, but far enough that he felt like it was an entirely different world. In climbing the ladder of education, Frank worked and studied hard to achieve each goal, one grade at a time, which ultimately culminated in the receipt of his diploma from Hazel Park High School.

It was just a couple of years later that Uncle Sam came calling which found Frank stepping up to the plate by joining the forces currently engaged in the Vietnam War. Many of his friends and acquaintances were already over there, so he donned his olive drabs and headed off to training to become a lean, mean, fighting machine. Frank entered the Army on January 20, 1969 and served until January 19, 1971, at which time he received his honorable discharge. Amid his time in the Army, Frank served overseas from June of 1969 thru June of 1970 and attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class. As a member of the Third Army's Company C, 51st Engineering Battalion, Frank served proudly and earned numerous medals and badges that reflected his willingness to maintain a supportive role by standing with his fellow soldiers against the fray. For his bravery and valiance in serving our country, we honor Frank's service and extend our posthumous gratitude for the sacrifices made in answering the call to serve. With thanks and praise from a grateful nation,…Well Done, Soldier!

Upon returning from the war, Frank picked up right where he left off and proceeded to have the time of his life. Experiencing many of the same things that most guys in their early 20's did, Frank was fortunate to have arrived home unscathed by the effects of war and eager to begin his life in pursuit of the American Dream. The year was 1975, and it was 4 years following his return stateside that Frank's life was about to change in a beautiful way as he took that leap into marriage and began a family,…his first two kids being a handsome boy, Kevin, and a gorgeous little girl, Mary Jo. Yet for as happy as he was in the role of Dad,…the one as husband, not so much. But as time marched on and life unfolded for Frank, love would find its way into his heart once again,…this time in the early '90's when he asked Cindy to join his journey and be his wife. The two lovebirds got married and decided they wanted to add to the family picture as it stood,…so baby #3 was welcomed into the world, a sweet little daughter they named Mandy. Her playmate would come soon afterwards, a striking little dude they named Matthew. And so it was that the Dailey Family picture was now complete,…and life for Frank would never be the same again.

Of course, to support his family and be the provider they needed, Frank put his best foot forward and his knowledge to work as he proudly accepted a position with the automotive giant, the Ford Motor Company, at their stamping plant in Sterling Heights. All told, Frank devoted over 40 years of loyal and dedicated service to Ford until finally accepting his well deserved retirement.

When he saw a break on the horizon and the window of fun was beginning to open, that meant it was time to pack up and head north to exchange the concrete jungle for a bit of Michigan's "up north experience" where the air is fresher, the scenery is sweeter, and time almost seems to stand still. Frank lived for those moments,…especially when he could share them with his precious grandchildren. He coveted each & every moment he was able to share their company, but none-so-much as the memories they created together up north. So that made the year 1996 quite special when Frank became the land owner for the property he purchased in Atlanta, Michigan,…eventually to become the family's retreat. So as the building began, Frank & Company would continue to enjoy their little slice of Heaven as they watched their retreat take form. It was quite a work in progress, a project that lingered far beyond what Frank could have imagined. Alas, some 22 years later, the house was done,…but, sadly, Frank was gone. Yet though he is absent from sight, his spirit lingers on and will be a constant guardian to help guide his loved ones along their way. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Frank was the loving father of Kevin (Sherry Mazur) Dailey, Mary Jo (Paul) Boice, Mandy (Josh) Breedlove, Matthew Dailey, and cherished grandfather of Emelia, Colin, Caitlin, Josephine, Trinity, Marcus, Phoenix and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by sisters, JoAnne McAlpine and Maureen Wohlever.

Visitation for Frank will be held Friday, September 28th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren
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His Funeral Service will be conducted on Saturday, 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Officiating the service will be Fr, Jack Baker.

Interment, with Full Military Honors, will take place at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road in Holly, Michigan.

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