Dale Robert Seele

Services for Dale Robert Seele, 58, Lawrence will be held. Please contact the family if you would like services details. He died Sunday, July 5, 2020 at his home.

Dale was born on August 29, 1961 in Lawrence, KS the son of Alfred “Bud” and Joann (Stan) Seele.

Dale was the Facility Maintenance Director at the Douglas County Community Health Facility for 24 years.

He married Dorothy Kaye Staus on September 8, 1984 in Lawrence. She preceded him in death January 31, 2014. He was also preceded in death by his father in 1975.

Survivors include his daughter, Shannon Anderson and husband Mitch, Lawrence, KS; son, Dale R. Seele, II, Lawrence; his mother, Joann Seele, Keenesburg, CO; and four grandchildren, Cody J. O’Mara and wife Megan, Emporia, Cailin C. O’Mara and Connor M. O’Mara, Lawrence, KS, and Courtney Anderson, Belleville, KS; two great-grandchildren, Lexi O’Mara and Kaylee O’Mara, Emporia, KS; two brothers, Mike Seele, Keenesburg, CO, John Seele, Bates Co., MO; and his mother-in-law, Evelyn Staus, Lawrence, KS.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Lawrence Humane Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

46 Condolences

  1. Matthew and Jennifer Klopp on July 6, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    Dale we love you.

  2. Donna perry on July 6, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Dale will be missed. What a shock of his passing.
    Donna and Vic Perry

  3. Michele Simpson on July 6, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    To Mike and all family and friends I am very saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. What a good guy.
    Michele (Garrett) Simpson.

  4. Mike McDermott on July 6, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    May warm memories of Dale help ease the pain of his passing.

  5. Tracy Dethloff on July 7, 2020 at 6:57 am

    I only remember Dale from High School. He was 2 years younger than me but cool enough to hang out with us older guys. Like Michele said What a good guy. Tracy Dethloff

  6. CYNTHIA COLBERT on July 7, 2020 at 9:08 am

    What a great guy…. we’ll miss him around here.

  7. Linda Craig on July 7, 2020 at 9:57 am

    You will be missed by many but you can now lay down your burden. My condolences to your family and friends. God Bless you Dale.

  8. LaVonne Marks on July 7, 2020 at 10:36 am

    Dale will be missed by everyone at Bert Nash. He had a witty sense of humor and always had a funny come-back. He was helpful with advice and willing to help with things that needed fixed around here. My deepest sympathies to his family. May your wonderful memories of him sustain you through this difficult time and in the future.

  9. Terri J Hurtado on July 7, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Dale will be truly missed by everyone. He was always kind and funny when I worked with him. My deepest sympathies to his family

  10. Julie Andrews on July 7, 2020 at 11:03 am

    My prayers for his family. He always had a smile for those he met

  11. Chris Tilden on July 7, 2020 at 11:46 am

    Dale had a “can do” attitude, an indefatigable smile, and a calming presence. My day was always a little brighter when I had an encounter with Dale, and there were many during the 6 years I worked in the Community Health Facility. I am grateful to have had the pleasure of those many encounters and conversations, and I am so sad to know he has passed from us. The world needs more people like you, Dale Seele. Rest in peace.

  12. kathy white on July 7, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    So sorry for this great loss. Dale will be missed. He and Dottie were very special friends of Bobby White, Sr and he mourns their loss. Prayers for peace and healing.
    Kathy White & Bobby White, Sr

  13. MIKE HADL on July 7, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Rest in peace my fellow worker…

  14. Jennifer Tuttle on July 7, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    I first knew Dale while working at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in the 1990’s. I remember him as a good and thoughtful grandson to Mabel. She was so proud of him. We both moved on to other jobs when our paths crossed again in 2007. I found the same thoughtful, hardworking man I had known previously. I enjoyed getting reacquainted. Dale will be missed by friends and family. May you find comfort knowing he is remembered by many as a truly good person.

  15. Tammy Franchuk on July 7, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Dale has been a good friend of mine for 17 yrs. I will miss him very much. My condolences to all the family. He is with Dottie now

  16. Karan Baucom on July 7, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    In the years I worked at BNC I never knew anyone that didn’t like Dale and never heard a bad word spoken of him. How VNA, BNC and the Health Department will survive without their “Maine Man” I do not know and would hate to be the person that will have to fill his shoes. Rest in love and peace Dale. Condolences to his family.

  17. Elizabeth Sedita on July 7, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Dale always had a big smile and was happy to help with anything and everything that was needed! He will surely be missed!!!

  18. Delma Hepner on July 7, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    So sad for family! Knew his Mother Joann well. He was on my face book and taked about things! So sorry for family ! May he RIP! Prayers!

  19. Steve Bennett on July 7, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Peace be with you.

  20. Justine Burton on July 7, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    OH NO! I knew Dale from the 60’s we both worked at Holiday Inn, when it was on 23rd & Iowa. We had lots of fun and laughs I am gonna miss him. We met again when I worked at Bert Nash and we would laugh about the times we worked at Holiday Inn.

    Justine Burton

  21. Mary McClelland on July 7, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Sorry to hear. He was a very nice man.

  22. Joyce Webb-Givechi on July 7, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Was so saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. He was such a sweet, giving, caring and calming person—always kind and a smile for everyone. May he Rest In Peace

  23. Kim Heston on July 7, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. Dale was a wonderful person and always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

  24. Julie Tuley on July 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dales passing. Such a nice guy. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  25. Faye Welcher on July 7, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    I didnt know Dale personally but grew up with his mom and knew Dottie. Peace be with his family

  26. Diane Stoddard on July 7, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. His wonderful smile will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

  27. Jill Flessing on July 8, 2020 at 10:11 am

    Rest in Peace my gentle, funny and kind caretaker/caregiver friend. You will be missed so much by so many who’s lives you touched. I know you and your wife are now laughing, smiling and holding each other close – something I know YOU missed. Be well and happy in whatever the rest of the universe has planned. Safe journeys.

  28. Anita Anderson on July 8, 2020 at 11:55 am

    I am still struggling with this being real. I expect to have you sneaking down the hallway without your keys jingling and pounding on my door to see the terrified look on my face! At least it made you laugh! I know we all told you but I hope that you really understood just how much everyone here cared about you and while I am really sad for all of us, it is comforting to know that you and Dottie are back together again! I feel blessed to have known you and appreciate the great care you took of us and our workplace! Rest in Peace and comfort! Anita

  29. Julie Fuhrmann on July 8, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Dale’s passing. He always had a kind word when we met. My deepest condolences to the family.

  30. Jeannette (Brown) Parker on July 8, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Go have your dance with Ms. Dottie! Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers!

  31. Dave Cronin on July 8, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    My sympathies to Dale’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Dale in Public Works and knew him as a dedicated public servant and a kind person. Dale would always stop by to help me come up with ideas for our fun version of ‘Festivus’. Rest in peace Dale.

  32. Carolyn Hicks on July 8, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    I worked with Dale in the Public Works Department and always enjoyed chatting with him when he would pass through the office. Dale was a great guy and will be truly missed! My sincere condolences to his family.

  33. John & Donna Sieber on July 8, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    We send our deepest and sincere condolences to Dale’s family. We knew his wife Dottie well and his mother Joann, we grew up with in Sunflower Village. From the messages that have been posted obviously he was a well liked man with a wonderful personality. He and Dottie can be together now. Rest in peace.

    John & Donna Sieber

  34. Glenna Graham on July 9, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Glenna Graham
    I enjoyed working with Dale for a number of years. He always came with a smile on his face when I called him for help. I have seen him several times since my retirement and visited with him on the phone. I will miss his cheerful voice and send my condolences to his family.

  35. Linda Votaw on July 9, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    As a neighbor, I have known Dale my entire life…I will miss him dearly…what a great buddy he was. Dottie was a dear friend and coworker…what a wonderful couple . Shannon and Little Dale…you must be proud to have them as parents…wonderful people. Lots of love to you.

  36. George and Cheryl Hunsinger on July 9, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Was sorry to read this. Would see him in the yard sometimes, wished I would have stopped to visit. Mike, and John, you are in my thoughts and prayers. We have known each other all our lives. Even distantly related. Stay strong and take care.

  37. Nancy Jorn on July 9, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    Dale seemed to know how to do anything needed to make the Community Health Facility function and always interacted with agency personnel with a “can do” attitude and good cheer. I enjoyed every encounter with him and am very sorry to learn of his passing. My thoughts are with his loved ones.

  38. Sherry Demarest on July 10, 2020 at 12:07 am

    I loved your friendly smile and sense of humor. One of the most kindest person I’ve ever met. Please find peace now. You will be missed by so many, Dale.

  39. Julie Berndsen on July 10, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Your kindness towards the children that came to our center will not be forgotten. I also won’t forget the time my door was frozen shut at work and you stuck around to make sure I could get into my car okay. Thank you for all your support at the center and being that friendly face that welcomed many to our building!

  40. Teresa Ferguson on July 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    Dale, you were one of the good ones, I was so sad to hear of your passing. I always enjoyed when our paths crossed and we were able to catch up. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Buddy. ❤️

  41. Lanell Finneran on July 11, 2020 at 8:43 am

    Dale was one of the kindest and helpful men I know. His heart was huge and his smile was infectious. Dale was a great role model for the youth in the classroom, often participating in activities we were doing such as making art films, yard clean-up for Earth Day, or sampling items we cooked! He made sure all spaces in and outside the building were taken care of and went above and beyond for staff and clients. Snow was always plowed away and sidewalks shoveled. Grass was mowed and trees trimmed. He was one of the first faces I saw when I came to work and one of the last I saw when leaving. He loved his dogs and shared stories and pictures of them. Our therapy dogs Scout and Ranger loved Dale and he always made time to give them attention. My heart is heavy. Peace to you Dale – I hope you know how much you were loved!

  42. amy myers on July 16, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Dale was a good person through and through. He showed genuine care and concern for the people he encountered and to give towards each task he completed. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share. My sympathies are with you.
    Amy Myers

  43. BILL BOYD on July 18, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Just a great guy, ex-co-worker, and friend. I know he was in so much pain after Dorothy past. He never got over her accident & losing her. He loved her so much which I could relate w/him & he helped me when my wife that past in 2017. He would always stop and ask how she was doing when she was ill & after she past and talk awhile & ask if I needed anything. Smart, wonderful person. We will all miss him.

  44. Dennis Supancic on July 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Joann, Mike, John, and families. So sorry to hear of the loss of Dale. Worked with your dad / husband Bud, at Zimmerman Steel. And shared a lot of time with you all back in the day. Hunt, fish, dinner, etc. Good to see you all today! Unfortunately under a sad time. May God be with all of you at this difficult time.

  45. Helen Reynolds Bennett on August 3, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    As kids for years we shared the hour long school bus ride and so it was a shock to hear that Dale died so young. After having read the condolences; it is evident that he left a great legacy of family, and as a role model of how to leave this earth a better place by having lived in it.

  46. Robin Jacobsen on August 12, 2020 at 9:26 am

    So very sorry to hear of Dale’s passing! What a shock. I’m happy that he and Dottie will be together again. Prayers for the family as you navigate this time of grief.
    Robin Jacobsen

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