Dale Dungan. 93, of Columbus, Kan., died 8:43 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Silver Creek Assisted Living Center, in Joplin, Mo., following an illness.
Dale was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Mindenmines, Mo., the son of Arnie John and Beatrice Ursula (Sadler) Dungan. Dale was a lifelong resident of the area and attended area schools. Dale was a veteran of the Army Air Corps serving his country during World War II. He worked on the ground crew and traveled on the U.S.S. George M. Randall while in the service.
On Nov. 8, 1944, Dale married Zelma Louise Keith, in Macon, Ga.; she preceded him in death on Oct. 1, 2002.
After the service Dale worked in many trades that included a miner for Eagle Picher; broke horses; drove a lime truck for Paul Coones; worked as a welder for Lester Roark and most notably the Gas Company, as a welder from 1959-1983. Dale enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, watching cable T.V., mowing and just tinkering around the yard. He loved his wife and five daughters.
Survivors include his children, Dixie Woods and husband, Floyd, of Pittsburg, Kan., Brenda Dungan, of San Francisco, Calif., Janice Rennie and husband, Kregg, of Columbus, Terri Dungan, of Reno, Nev., and Sheila Gates and husband, Tony, of Joplin, Mo.; grandchildren Julie Mahnken, Jana Jones, Kylie Knight and Daniel Rennie; great-grandchildren, Seth, Sage and Shay Mahnken, as well as John Paul, Harrison and Truman Jones; and a brother-in-law, George Defebaugh, of Shawnee Mission, Kan. Dale was preceded in death by his wife, parents, infant son Dennis Dungan, infant sister Laura Mae Dungan and a sister Elsie Defebaugh.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, at the Greenlawn Cemetery, in rural Cherokee County, with Pastor Mike Jones officiating. Family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, in Columbus; friends may call the funeral home after 12 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask expressions of sympathy to be in the form of memorials to the Greenlawn Cemetery.
Friends may drop off, or mail memorials, to the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, 611 South East Avenue, Columbus, KS 66725.
Email condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com.
Arrangements are by Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, of Columbus.
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