Dale Leroy Wilcox passed away on November 22, 2020 at Olathe Medical Hospital in Olathe, KS. He was born in 1932 to Roy and Mildred Wilcox in McCook, NE. Everyone who met Dale was touched by his big personality. He was quite a jokester, and a great story teller; yet his stories often contained lots of knowledge and wisdom. Over his lifetime he loved to hunt, fish, read, play cards, play board games, chess and checkers (especially with his grandchildren). Dale enjoyed sports, especially football and baseball. He was a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed many camp outs. Dale was baptized in the Methodist Church and served proudly with the U.S. National Guard in Nebraska. He grew up in the country, helping his dad with Wilcox Drilling Company. He attended District 31 Country School and graduated from McCook High School where he enjoyed playing football for the Bisons. It is there where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Lorraine Dinnel. Dale and Phyllis were married in McCook, NE on March 4, 1950. Over the years their family grew to include five children. While raising their family, Dale held several different jobs. He worked for Coca-Cola, his dad‘s drilling business, was a dairy delivery man, managed an apartment complex, worked at Western Well and Pump Irrigation, and had his own well drilling business. Dale was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Mildred Wilcox, infant brother Gary Wilcox, brother Robert Wilcox, sister Dian Wilcox Parsons, sister-in-law Mary Dinnel Horinek Podhajsky, and grandson Jason Chase Wilcox.
Dale is survived by his wife Phyllis Lorraine Wilcox of Olathe, KS; Daughters: Linda A. Wilcox Allen and husband Joseph Allen of Ballwin, MO, Suzanne M. Wilcox Marks and husband William Marks of Olathe, KS, and Janine K. Wilcox Mills Theal of Weatherford, TX; Sons: Steven D. Wilcox of Colorado Springs, CO, and Kenneth L. Wilcox and wife Diana (Griffin) of Castalia, NC; Grandchildren: Christopher Marks and wife Sara (Lura), Jeremiah Marks and wife Tiffany (Phillips), Laurinda Marks Watts and husband Jacob Watts, Megan Marks Brady and husband Ryan Brady, Steven Wilcox, Jr., Tramayne (TJ) Wilcox and wife Tracey (Boeger), Daniel Wilcox, Matthew Wilcox and wife Kayla (Webster), Phillip Wilcox, David Mills, Sarah Mills Wells and husband Oliver Wells; Great grandchildren: Micah Marks, Noah Marks, Delilah Marks, Harper Marks, Rowan Marks, Charlotte Watts, Penelope Watts, Kaiser Brady, Destin Wilcox, Ehvin Wilcox, Kasper Wilcox, Cyrenna Wells, Alex Wells, Trinity Mills; Sister: Dona Hughes of Wichita, KS; Sister-in-laws: Phyllis (Robert) Wilcox, Beverly Rhea and Lesta Jaggers, all of McCook, NE, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The dates of Celebration of Life have not yet been determined, but are expected to occur sometime in 2021. The family will be having Two Celebration of Life/Memorial Services. One will be held in the Kansas City area and one in NW Kansas.
All memorial donations will be sent to Alzheimer’s Association.
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