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Jacob “Bud” A. Dalm passed away on May 3, 2019. Bud was a native of Kalamazoo. In 1989, he retired in Florida and in 2016 moved to Zeeland to be closer to his family. Bud was the son of Alice (Keiling) and Jacob A. Dalm.
Bud interrupted his studies at the University of Michigan Law School during World War II to serve in the Navy. He was on the USS Morrison (DD 560) when early in the morning of 05-04-1945, four kamikaze planes crashed into the destroyer at Radar Picket Station No. 1, just North of Okinawa. There were 187 survivors; 155 lost their lives. Bud spent four months in the navy hospital in Guam recovering. Bud later served on the USS Henry E. Hubbard (DD 748) until the end of the war.
Bud resumed his studies at the University of Michigan and finished law school in 1949. He joined the Michigan Bar in 1950. Bud began his career working at Jackson, Fitzgerald & Dalm, a law firm his father was a partner. Bud was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Kalamazoo in 1955. He served until 1961; he did not seek re-election. In 1961, he joined his father and the law firm of DALM & DALM was created. His son, William “Bill” W. Dalm, joined the law firm after passing the bar examination. The law firm DALM & DALM ended when his son passed in 2009. Both Bud and Bill held the position of President of Crescent Metal Products Company in Allegan, MI, a Company that Bud’s father started.
Bud was married to Elizabeth Witcher. They had 2 sons: Stephen “Chris” C. Dalm and William “Bill” W. Dalm. Stephen became a doctor and William became an attorney. After his divorce, Bud married Frances Jensen in 1989 and retired in Chrystal River Florida. Over the years, Bud held many positions and was a member of many charitable boards. He received many honors during his lifetime. He was an avid golfer, traveled extensively and loved fine dining.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, sister Ruth, brother Robert and son, William. He is survived by his son, Dr. Stephen (Julie) Dalm and daughter-in-law, Evelyn P. Dalm, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A private family graveside will take place at Riverside Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Bud’s name.
American Cancer Society
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