Dale Edward Neal passed away in his home on July 24, 2022, at the age of 90. Dale was born the son of Clarence and Mabel Neal on January 22, 1932, in Wellington, Kansas. On February 28, 1992, he married Judy Jelinek (Skaggs). Together they have celebrated 30 years of marriage. Dale was incredibly smart, brave, and loving. Growing up Dale lived with his family and enjoyed raccoon hunting with his father. He often told stories about how he used to wake up early to help with chores around the farm which included milking cows by hand. After completing South Haven high school in 1951 he joined the United States Marine Corp, where he was declared missing in action suffering from shell shock. He bravely served three years in Korea and six years in various military positions. After being discharged from the military, he served in several law enforcement positions including Kingman Sheriff's Department, Arkansas City Police Department, Sumner County Sheriff's Department, and South Haven Police Department. Dale also served as the Wellington Lake Patrol and superintendent officer. After several years of service, he moved to Meghan Coves in Grove, Oklahoma with his wife, Judy. There they enjoyed many years fishing and spending time with friends and family. Dale worked as the Shangri-La janitor and Meghan Coves Security Guard for nine years. He retired and moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma, where he spent many years with his wife, sons, stepdaughters, and grandchildren. He loved fishing, trapping, hunting, and spending time outside watching the wildlife. He lived in Blackwell for thirteen years until he moved to Braman, Oklahoma, where he lived out his remaining years.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Mabel Neal; his former wife, Reva; two brothers, Leonard and Delbert Neal; one nephew, Jim Neal; one brother-in-law, Ray Rey; two sisters-in-law, Ailene and Mary, and one granddaughter, Mackenzie Pryce.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Neal of Braman; one sister, Melba Rey of Wichita, Kansas; two sons, Marty Neal of Caldwell, Kansas and Jeff Neal of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; three stepchildren, Sharon Pryce and her husband, Kevin of Wellington, Kansas, Paula Lattimer and her husband, Eugene of Hunnewell, Kansas, and Tammy Adamson and her fiancé, Earl of Geary, Oklahoma; twelve grandchildren, Jon, Kyle, Kari, Klayton, Kelsey, Cooper, Matthew, Stephanie, Mersadise, Krystal, and Emma, and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 29, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Braman United Methodist Church. Viewing will be at the church before the service. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven, Kansas with arrangements by Lanman Funeral Home, Inc. of Medford, Oklahoma. www.lanmanmemorials.com Facebook: Lanman Funeral Home Inc.
Memorials may be given to the Humane Society of Wellington, Kansas through the funeral home.