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Dale Walters Obituaries

On September 16th, 2023, Dale Walters joined the Lord with a peaceful departure surrounded by his family.
Dale was born in his Beaconsfield, Iowa home on June 22, 1942, to Chris O. and Wanda (Johnston) Walters. His family of five siblings Rex, Lyle, Beth, Cela, and Donna enjoyed their farming life upbringing and the feel of this small community.
Dale was very involved in 4-H while growing up, this was one of his passions. He enjoyed showing his animals and learning to judge others. Dale attended school in Beaconsfield through his sophomore year then attended Mount Ayr once the schools consolidated. This is where Dale’s love for sports was further displayed in basketball and football.  But it was his love for basketball that allowed him to stand out as he was named all-conference his Senior year.  He graduated Mount Ayr in 1960.
Dale continued farming with his family after graduation. He joined the Army Reserves in 1964 and served until 1970. He was proud of his time in the military and continued to hold great respect for all that served.
On May 16th, 1965, Dale had the honor to marry Doris Kay (Sevier). Together they bought a farm 4 miles south of Mount Ayr and began their life together.  This home would take on new meaning as they worked to grow the farm and create a family.  They were blessed with 4 kids: Tammy Kay, Scott Everett, Clinton Dale, and Cindy Lynn.
Over the coming years, Dale continued to grow the farm and live a very successful life. He took great pride in his livestock, crops, and garden.  He loved his International red tractors, being involved in 4-H, and working dogs on the farm.  He also had a great ability to fix nearly anything with the limited supplies he had on hand (mainly number 9 wire and black electrical tape).
Dale also had great memories from other work experiences he had over the years.  He worked part time at the sale barn for many years. He worked with the Ringgold County Roads Department for 5 years.  He also served as our County Supervisor for 4 years. These work experiences allowed him to make lifelong friends.  He cherished these opportunities, memories, and stories that were created.
But, ahead of all farm and work duties came his family. His best experiences, memories, and joys were watching his kids grow and succeed. He supported them in every way possible and took great pride in their accomplishments.  Regardless of his long hours of work, he would always take time to attend events, practice sports in the yard, and give them advice.  He also prioritized family time around the table playing cards, playing croquet in the yard, ping pong in the basement, and watching sports together on TV.
For as proud as he was of his immediate family, he was even prouder of his grandkids and great grandkids.  He was a terrific grandfather. Always making sure he created new farm memories each time they visited. He would always have a newborn animal to pet, teach the grandkids how to drive in the field, help with a 4H animal, or play games until it was dark.  Dale has always prioritized family first and this has been very evident in the way he lived his life.
The one thing that always kept Dale grounded was his love for his wife, Doris. Together they made a terrific couple and his love for her never faded. They achieved a lot and built a tremendous life together. It was their combined strength that allowed his tough journey to end with great peace and comfort.
Dale was a member of the United Methodist Church in Mt. Ayr.
Survivors include Wife, Doris Walters of Mt Ayr; Daughter, Tammy (Tom) Walk of Ankeny; Son, Clint (Kris Tina) Walters of Austin, MN; Daughter, Cindy (Malcolm) McGee of San Antonio, TX.  Grandkids, T.J. (Christina) Walk, Michelle Walk, Heather (Zach) Ingwers, Allison (Zhahn) Bose, Brenna Walk; Mollie Walters; Tyler, Ryan, Kyra, and Mya Walters; Jonas, Bryson, and Kaitlyn McGee.  Great Grandkids, Luna and Victor Walk; Lillian and Brantley Ingwers;  Cassian and future daughter Bose.  Siblings, Rex (Ann) Walters, Lyle (Barb) Walters, Beth (Keith) Whitson.  Brother-in-Laws, Leslie Rauch, Dave Schrodt.  Numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by:  Parents, Chris and Wanda Walters; Parents-in-law, Delbert and Daivy Dean Sevier; Son, Scott Walters; Sisters, Cela Rauch and Donna Schrodt.
A visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr on Friday, September 22 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with services 10:30 am Saturday, September 23 at the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. Burial, with military honors by the American Legion and U.S. Army Honor Guard, will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Memorials are to the avenue of flags in Rose Hill Cemetery and the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church.

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