Dale J. Peier, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Wichita.

He was born May 21, 1934, near Pond Creek, Okla., to Hazel and Walter Peier. He graduated from Pond Creek High School and was recruited to play basketball at Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural business.

His first professional position was with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. He returned to Oklahoma State to earn a master's degree in business education while serving as a graduate assistant basketball coach. He later pursued graduate work at both the University of Arkansas and Fort Hays State University. He was an associate professor in the business department at Fort Hays State University for 25 years. He took great pride in advising his students and was recognized by the graduating seniors in 1981 with the Pilot Award, which recognizes teaching faculty who have committed themselves as educators, counselors and friends. He concluded his career by serving as the special assistant to the president of Barton County Community College.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Peier and wife, Dianne, Wichita; a daughter, Lynn Peier-Able and husband, Tim, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a grandson, Grant Peier, Overland Park; several sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Dennis Peier; two sisters, Druscilla Campbell and Norma Ervin; and his wife of 63 years, Maxine Peier, who preceded him in death by 15 days.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pond Creek Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Peier Family Scholarship Fund established with the Fort Hays State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1060, Hays, KS 67601.

Wilson Funeral Home, Pond Creek, is in charge of arrangements.