Dale William McConchie, 85 of Plainville, was called to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 12, 2020, where he was surrounded by family at the Wagoner Care Center in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Dale was born May 1, 1934, on the Saline River in Ellis County to Bill and Stella (Carmichael) McConchie. He was a graduate of Plainville High School, and a lifelong resident of the area. Dale was raised by the best parents anyone could ask for. His father was a tool dresser in the oil fields, in addition to farming and ranching. His mother taught school at the Blue Hill one-room schoolhouse; and helped run the family farm. As a child, Dale survived renal failure and a long bout illness that followed, which required long periods of isolation from sound and light. Dale recovered from his illness and isolation, and once his health was restored, he eagerly grew into an extrovert and all-around “ornery little cuss.” He inherited his father’s love of good jokes and pranks, finding himself in trouble from a young age for stunts like hissing through the house vents, where his mother was convinced she was hearing a snake.
Dale began his scholastic years in his mother’s classroom. He was active in FFA and 4-H, and he grew up to carry on the family tradition of farming and ranching. Dale loved to make people laugh, and he would spend hours on the tractor thinking up funny stories and pranks to play on others. He was convinced he could have been a writer for Johnny Carson, if only he’d have written any of it down. Dale was an avid hunter, and some of his favorite memories were hunting trips with his cousins, his brother-in-law Joe, and his many friends in Rooks and Ellis Counties. He hosted many a pheasant hunter from Oklahoma and always enjoyed their company. Dale was an encyclopedia of guns and ammunition. He had an incredible collection of firearms and was thrilled to share this passion with his family and friends, always fabricating something he could use for target shooting, and was always quick to remind his fellow shooters to treat every gun as a loaded gun.
Dale was proud to be a Mason with Paradise Lodge #290. He was also a proud member of the First Christian Church in Plainville, where he married Mary Ann Longnecker in 1965. The union produced four daughters, which were the light of his life. Unfortunately, the marriage did not have a happy ending, but the tumultuous divorce did provide Dale with an abundance of comedic material for years.
Dale lived a full life and enjoyed simple pleasures. He was always the first to help a friend (or stranger) in need. He was quick with a humorous and witty response, he considered everyone “his buddy” and he could tell stories with the best of them. Target shooting with his daughters and friends, collecting guns and ammunition, enjoying a delicious meal at B&B, and attending local estate auctions kept Dale busy in his retirement years. When Dale had his own equipment auction last year, his favorite auctioneer Don Hamit took one look in his shop and said, “Dale, I recognize a lot of these items!” The sale was well attended, and Dale genuinely enjoyed seeing so many friends, family and neighbors, as his equipment and implements found new life with new owners.
Dale enjoyed his last two years living at Brookdale in Hays, where he and his dog received exceptional care and attention. Jack Burton, a lifelong neighbor, friend, and Brother from the Paradise Lodge, was truly a godsend for Dale the last few years. Dale was moved to hospice care in Wagoner, Oklahoma earlier this year, where he also received excellent care.
Dale is survived by daughter Amy McConchie of Phoenix, AZ, daughter Jennifer Magness and son-in-law Steve Nicholas of Wagoner, OK, daughter Erin Holland and son-in-law Tim Holland of Reno, NV, daughter Briar McConchie of Kerrville, TX, his three talented grandsons; Trevor (and Elise Collingsworth) Magness, Bryce Magness and Jacoby Magness, his beloved dog Tater Tot, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Delma Shoulders, and his best friend Patty Kramer.
Family and friends are invited to join a celebration of life for Dale at a graveside service in Plainville, followed by a luncheon at the First Christian Church at a date to be determined after the COVID-19 pandemic is under control. The family will announce the date as soon as it is safe and practical for a public gathering. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to another provider of excellent care to both Dale and his mother Stella; the Meals on Wheels Program with the Plainville Senior Citizen Center, 108 S Jefferson St, Plainville, KS 67663. Cards may be sent to the family in care of Erin Holland, 16800 Bain Spring Rd, Reno, NV 89521.