Mr. Davis was married to Patsy Johnson on Nov. 10, 1968, in Senath.
Dale was born and raised in Senath and the Beech Corner area. Although he worked in the city for most of his adult life, his heart belonged to the soil of this community. Since he could not tend the farm soil, he had a garden wherever he was, growing tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, etc., even planting fruit trees and grape vines, seeming to get most out of small areas. He loved his home and probably the happiest years of his life, before he became ill, was when he moved back to Senath in 1996.
He was a man of few words, but when he spoke you listened. One of his quotes was "the good Lord gave me two ears to listen and one mouth to speak." His best friend was his dad and they did not have to talk, just be in each other's presence. He loved his family, his children and grandchildren.
Beginning as a teenager, Dale loved to box and one of his favorite times was when he met Mohammed Ali and got a signed picture. His career in boxing included a Golden Gloves championship. He continued to box after he joined the Army in 1955, where he was a member of the 101st Division and was a member of the Div. Boxing Team and the U.S. Army boxing team. He also fought professionally for a brief period.
He was a member of the Missouri Highway Patrol from 1958-1962.
He retired from Shelter Insurance Companies after 32 years of service.
Survivors include his mother, Louise Davis, of Senath; his wife, Patsy Davis, of Senath; three sons, Steve Glenn Davis and wife, Donna and Timothy Dale Davis, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Jon Paul Davis, of Natchitoches, La.; one sister, Barbara Jo Allen, of Brownsville, Tenn., and four grandchildren, Trey, Lacy, Michell and Matthew.
Mr. Davis is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul A. Davis and one sister, Kay Francis Davis.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, at the McDaniel Funeral Home Chapel in Senath with the Rev. Kevin Sullivan officiating.
Burial was in the Senath Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scotty Jackson, Mark Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Don Wallace and Bill Lewis.
Memorials may be made to the Senath Cemetery.