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August 22, 1935 - April 19, 2020

Dan’s wishes were to be cremated and his remains be returned to his farm, Dandy Acres.  A celebration of Dan’s Life or “one last party” as he put it, will be hosted at his farm at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, c/o the funeral home.

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On Sunday April 19, 2020, God called home Dan James Albertson, 84 years old, of Plainwell MI.  He was the BEST Dad, Husband, Grandpa and friend anyone could ask for.  Dan was the salt of the earth, gritty and resilient. His heart laid in the land. Dan spent his lifetime farming alongside his wife Bonnie Albertson of sixty-three years on their farm called Dandy Acres, in Plainwell MI.  Together they raised three children, Mark Albertson (Kathryn Verploegh) of Rockford MI, Brian Albertson of Pahrump NV and Dana Albertson (Dave Stowell) of Plainwell MI. He was proud of his five grandchildren, Michelle (Albertson) Petrusma, Garrett Albertson, Dan Stowell, Jeremy Albertson, Drew Stowell, and 3 great grandchildren.  Dan loved farming and watching things grow. He loved his family and friends.   He loved the outdoors.  He loved his hunting trips to the Upper Peninsula in Victoria MI with the guys.  He loved boating the Great Lakes with his wife by his side on his boat, The Bullship. He loved grooming the hills at Timber Ridge Ski Area in Gobles, MI, and making snow for the skiers. He worked there for 30 years while mother earth was dormant for the winter.  He was once referred to in a Kalamazoo Gazette article as “The original snowman”! He was inducted into the Farmers Hall of Fame in 2008.  He enjoyed the weekly “boy’s night” gatherings with the crew! He enjoyed life and loved a gathering of friends more than most.  If ever there was someone in need of a hand, Dan was there to help in anyway.  Dan was a fun, adventurous man who lived life with an adventure around every corner, his wife, family or friends by his side. His stories of his adventures, his sense of humor, his laughter from down deep inside his soul, the twinkle that gleamed in his eyes and that wide devilish grin will be forever missed by all that knew him.  BUT…. those are the things that we will love and remember about our fierce leader of the Albertson family.