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Dale Dwayne Stithem

Published on -11/10/2012, 5:14 PM

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Dale Dwayne Stithem, 90, Shawnee, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at his home, following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 17, 1922, in Rooks County to Carl E. and Susan Grace (Mayes) Stithem.

He married Kathleen V. Haggerton Ward on May 4, 1947, in Fort Riley. He later married Florence L. Bacon Sparks on April 6, 1963, in Emporia. She preceded him in death.

In 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Horse Cavalry at Fort Riley. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1942 and assigned to the 113th Mechanized Cavalry Group, with whom he served in combat in Europe during World War II. After the war, he transferred to the Army Transportation Corps, and from 1947 to 1950, he served in the occupation of Germany at Heidelberg. During the Korean War, he served as transportation adviser to a Republic of Korean Army Corps, followed by a tour of duty in Yokohama, Japan. He retired from military service in 1960 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

From 1960 to 1970, he engaged in municipal administration serving the cities of Emporia, DeSoto and Glendale, Mo. He was Glendale's first city administrator. After leaving Glendale, he and his wife, Florence, lived in Deming, N.M., Pocatello, Idaho, and Longmont, Colo. Following his wife's death in 2009, he moved to Shawnee Hills Senior Living in Shawnee to be closer to family.

He enjoyed genealogy, woodworking and gardening.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and the Retired Officers Association.

Survivors include his children, Diana D. Stithem and husband, John D. Montgomery, Kingman, Ariz., Michael J. Stithem and wife, Lori Stithem, Lawrence, Ron R. Ward and wife, Julie, Rochester, Minn., Connie Ward Hart and husband, Gary, Leawood, Sandra L. Sparks Clifton and husband, Terry, Burbank, Calif., Carolyn K. Sparks Holliday and husband, Philip, Round Hill, Va., and Diana L. Sparks Roberts and husband, Don, Farmington, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Velda and Evelyn; and a brother, Kenneth.

Inurnment will be at a later date in Pleasantview Cemetery, Palco.

Memorials are suggested to Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.

Condolences can be sent to the family www.amosfamily.com.

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