Dale Carlos Boyce, age 79, of Lenexa, KS, formerly of Cokato and Glencoe, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Collinwood Township, Wright County, the only child of Delvin Carlos Boyce and Mary Genevieve (Nordine) Boyce, who both preceded him in death.
Dale played four years of baseball at his high school and was on the wrestling team.
Dale joined the Marine Corps in 1957, and was stationed at Camp Delmar in San Diego for four years, attaining the rank of corporal, and working in communications.
He attended the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, and Johnson County Community College.
Dale’s father was a machinist and gunsmith in Cokato, and the family was very active in shooting contests and hunting. Dale received many shooting trophies and awards throughout his life.
He married Roselea Midtling Nellis in 1962, and they divorced in 1991.
Dale married Gail Elizabeth (Sproul) Boyce in 1992. They spent many wonderful, loving, happy, fun years together enjoying family and friends, traveling, hiking, dancing, playing tennis, camping, and fixing up their home in Lenexa, KS.
Dale was employed by Sprint from 1962 until he retired in 2006. He started out as a lineman with Pioneer Telephone in Minnesota, and transferred to Kansas City in 1982 as a central office engineer at the Sprint offices in Gardener, KS
Dale represented Sprint in the Corporate Challenge Shooting contests for several years. He also enjoyed running, and also represented Sprint in some Corporate Challenge race events.
An active community leader in the city of Glencoe, Dale served as a city councilman for three terms, and established a community education board and its programs.
He was very interested in Biblical history, and very active in his church, Christ Lutheran, serving on several church councils, planning committees, as congregational president, as a regional and national delegate to conventions, teacher of the Old and New Testament to adults, as well as Sunday school and confirmation classes; and performed liturgy. He also accompanied youth groups on canoe/camping trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Dale raised cattle for a few years; owned a motorcycle; built an addition on his house, helped his uncle build a rammed earth house in Rapid City, SD; and spent much time updating his final home in Lenexa, KS. He was a member of the Greater Kansas City Water Garden Society for 16 years, and participated in building community ponds.
Dale was a foster parent to four girls who lived with the family at different times throughout a period of two years.
He was an excellent writer and impressed his professors with his fluent command of the English language.
He also loved to read and he loved books, henceforth accumulating an extensive library. In addition, Dale liked crossword puzzles and played both scrabble and chess.
Dale is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gail; his daughters and sons-in-law Andrea and Robert Plowman of Olathe, KS, and Sarah and Brett Mayfield of Cokato; granddaughters Ashley Talmage, and Bethany and Lora Mayfield; grandsons Brock Goddard and Dakota Plowman; and great-grandsons Hunter and Hank Talmage.
He is further survived by a stepson and step daughter-in-law, Shawn and Sherri Sproul, stepdaughter Lisa Sproul, stepson Howard Jones, step grandsons Austin and Caden Sproul, Dillon Phillips, and Jason Jones, and step granddaughters Kristyn Sproul, and Miranda and Kelsey Jones.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by two children who died as infants, Daniel and Sonja; and a grandson, Benjamin Mayfield, who died at the age of 3.
Dale will be laid to rest in the family plot in the Finnish Cemetery in Cokato. A memorial service will take place Monday, July 17 at 4 p.m. in the Wesley Chapel at The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS.
Donations may be sent in Dale’s name to Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave. Leawood, KS 66224. Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.