Bristol - Dale Anthony (Tony) Bourdon, 83, passed away Thursday, November 17th, 2022 after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Bodies Dementia.
Born August 6, 1939 in Elkhart to Raymond and Etta Mae (Niccum) Bourdon, he was an avid Boy Scout, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, camp staff at Pioneer Trails Scout Camp and was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow.
After graduation from Elkhart High School in 1958, he married Darlene Myers who became his wife and best friend for the next 63 years. She survives along with 4 sons, Mark (Caroline) Argos, IN, Joel (Dane’) Elkhart, John (Lucy) San Antonio, TX, Paul (Laura) Bristol, along with 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Faith.
Dale served in the US Army 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, KY, attaining the rank of sergeant. He later was employed at CTS for 39 years as a tool and die maker, advancing to tool room supervisor. After retirement, Dale volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, building houses in the Elkhart area. During his 15-year tenure he assisted on every Habitat house build, amassing a total of 9,750 volunteer hours.
Dale was a loving devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather whose life focused on taking care of his family. He enjoyed helping family on projects along with many outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, hiking and taking care of their country property.
We will all miss his good advice, gentle humor and unfailing friendship.
Memorials can be made to the Elkhart County Habitat for Humanity, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or for the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart is assisting Dale’s family with the arrangements and links to these charities can be found on the funeral home’s website.
Habitat for Humanity of Elkhart County
PO Box 950, Goshen IN 46527-0950
2910 Elkhart Road, Goshen, IN 46526
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
PO Box 5014, Hagerstown MD 21741
Lewy Body Dementia Association
912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn GA 30047