Dale Crofoot Wealand, age 78, of Elmdale and lifelong resident of Chase County, died Jan. 1 at Ascension-Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
He was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Wichita, to Howard and Helen (Crofoot) Wealand. He was raised in Cedar Point and attended school there, graduating from Cedar Point High School in 1959.
He married Bonnie Mitchell July 7, 1962, in Florence. They later divorced. To this marriage were born two daughters, Kerry and Amy.
He married Kay Hainline May 27, 1989, in Cedar Point. She survives at the home.
Dale was a member in the Kansas National Guard and was deployed to South Vietnam from 1967 to 1968, where he received the Bronze Star for heroism. He was honorably discharged in 1969.
Dale spent his entire life raising cattle and farming in the Cedar Point and Clements area. He later worked in equipment sales at Marion County Implement, and later still at PrairieLand Partners.
While his daughters were in their childhood and teenage years, Dale was active in their 4-H projects and sponsored events at the annual Chase County Fair.
Survivors include wife Kay of the home; daughters Kerry Justus and husband Kevin of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and Amy Taylor and husband Andy of Independence; grandchildren Maddie Conley of Gridley, Kasey Keys in Tahlequah, and Lillie Taylor of Independence; great-granddaughter Jenna Conley of Gridley; step-children Andria Odrowski, Amy Tyrrell, Becky Crichton, Ben Hainline, and Matt Hainline; 13 step-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; brothers Kenn Wealand and wife Judy of Cedar Point, Jay Wealand and wife Pam of Lincoln, Nebraska; and sister Deanna Bruce of Wichita.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Christa Hinnen.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial service will be Saturday at Elmdale United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tim Woods officiating. Private family inurnment will be at a later date. Family will greet friends after the service. Memorials can be made to Chase County 4-H Council in care of Brown-Bennett-Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls, KS 66854.