James Lee “Jim” Dale, 84, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at his home in Lakin, Kansas. He was born September 18, 1935 in Dodge City, Kansas the son of Percy & Clara (Johnson) Dale.
Jim grew up in Garden City where he attended Garden City schools and graduated from Garden City High School in 1953. He then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. On June 30, 1961, he married Reta Mae Smith in Walsenburg, Colorado. They lived in Spanish Peaks, Colorado, Garden City, Kansas, and later moved to Lakin, Kansas in 1971. They have lived in Lakin since. A lifetime farmer and rancher, Jim was also owner and operator of J&R Ready Mix and Garden City Mack Truck. He was a member of the American Quarterhorse Association and the NRA. Jim’s hobbies include woodworking, leather work, roping, and he loved his horses and dogs.
Survivors include three children Joanna Bowles of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Pat (Roxanna) Dale of Spring, Texas, and Jeff Dale of Lakin, Kansas; nine grandchildren Johnny Romo, Danielle Grant, Stephanie Garcia, Thomas Dale, Randy Kells, Sky Kells, Star Daley, Corben Dale, & Kalee Dale; and numerous great-grandchildren. Deceased family members include his wife Reta Mae Smith; his parents; a brother Robert Dale; and a grandson Cody Dale.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Deerfield United Methodist Church in Deerfield, Kansas with Rev. Heureuse Kaj officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakin Cemetery in Lakin, Kansas. There will be no calling hours. The family suggests memorials given to the Finney County Humane Society in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City.