Dale Clay, 70 of South Bend, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away on Sunday, February 14, 2021, at his home following an extended illness; his wife and family were by his side.
Dale was born in South Bend on June 20, 1950, to the union of Richard H. Sr., and Geneva (Braylock) Clay; they preceded him in death. He was the fifth of eight children and was a 1969 graduate of Riley High School. He proudly served his country and fought in the Vietnam War. He was a proud Army Veteran who dearly loved the military. He proudly displayed the American Flag outside his home; his walls were adorned with many styles of military hats and other Army memorabilia. Dale was a journeyman at the former Allied Products and like his brothers, he enjoyed carpentry and loved painting; he took them on as a trade. On June 21, 2010, he was united in marriage to Selina Kirk. He was a member of New Testament M.B. Church and was baptized in 2019 under the leadership of Pastor Steven R. Barnes Sr.
Dale was an avid music lover; especially old school music. He enjoyed making tapes and proudly shared them with his family and friends. He was the fun-loving family member that always expressed his love.
Dale leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife Salina Clay; a son, Delano Hubbard; three daughters Dana Clay, Jacqueline Clay-Bishop (Kwasi) of South Bend; and Tiffany Hall-Clay of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; special children Joseph Johnson, Janeise Johnson, Gary Proby-Anderson, and Tijuanna Halbert, all of South Bend; two sisters, Sheila Clay of Carbondale, Illinois; and Vanessa Clay of South Bend; a host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly; special friends, Priscilla Works-Outlaw; and sister-in-law, Karen Anderson. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by four brothers, Tommy Clay, Richard H. Clay, Jr., Donald Clay and Jonathon Clay; a sister, Gwendolyn Clay, and a few nieces and nephews.
Dale’s kind heart and love and compassion for family and friends will live on in their hearts.
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