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Dale Johnson

Family and friends gathered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, at Valley United Methodist Church for a memorial service for Dale Ray Johnson, 85, Marion, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

He was laid to rest with military honors in Marion Cemetery.

Born July 5, 1938, to Harold and Mildred (Osbun) Johnston, he spent his school years going to Marion schools, graduating with the Class of 1957.

During high school, Dale joined the Army National Guard. After graduating, he joined the Army. One of his highlights was serving in Alaska when it became a state.

After discharge, he moved to Anthony, where he met Betty Wiens. They were married Sept. 5, 1964, in Wichita. Their son, Troy, was born in Anthony in 1965.

The family moved to Caldwell in 1966 after purchasing a Standard Oil filling station. Their daughter, Danette, was born in Caldwell in 1968.

After selling the filling station, Dale delivered fuel to farms for Standard Oil. He purchased KanOkla Auto Supply and ran it for several years before working as a machinist in Wellington.

In 1994, Dale and Betty moved to his hometown of Marion, where he became sexton at Marion Cemetery.

Dale was a volunteer fireman for 25 years in Caldwell and 10 years in Marion.

NASCAR races were his every-weekend enjoyment. K-State sports also were a passion. In his retirement, going to events of his grandchildren was what he liked to do.

Dale leaves behind his wife, Betty; son Troy and his wife, Lynnea; daughter Dannette and husband William Jackson; grandchildren Aaron (and Brooke), Danica (and Jake), Cory, Sierra, and Bryson; and great-grandchildren Landon, Daxton, Tessa, Audra, Gracylynn, Rose, and Araya.

He also leaves behind two sisters, Wanda Waring (and Dewayne) and Barbara Craney.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Marie, Vera, Linda, Shirley, Harold, Larry, Wayne, and Leslie.

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home is serving the family.

Memorial contributions in Dale’s name may be directed to Valley United Methodist Church or St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary.

Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Dale at

Last modified Nov. 23, 2023