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Dale Walta

August 12, 1939 ~ May 7, 2014

Dale Gene Walta, passed away at his home in Caldwell, KS on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Dale was born at Anthony Hospital in Anthony, KS on August 12, 1939 to Louis and Josephine (Turek) Walta. Dale was raised on the family farm north and west of Caldwell. He attend Hahn Country School until the sixth grade and then his parents moved to Caldwell where he completed his schooling and graduated from Caldwell High School in 1958.

Dale spent four years serving his country in the U.S. Army, where he earned a Marksmanship Medal. Following his years in the service he attended drafting school to become an architect.

In 1961 Dale married Dorothy Johnson and to that union they had three children; Danny Walta, Deborah (Walta) Minor, and Derek Walta.

After completing drafting school Dale worked for Cessna Aircraft Company for several years and then he begin his life long love of farming and raising cattle. Dale also spent 43 years as a mail transporter with the U.S. Postal Service.

On March 1, 2008, Dale married Beverly Jean Ross in Udall, Ks., and they made their home in Caldwell for a short period of time, then moved to Wellington, Ks where they lived for five years and within the past year had moved back to his hometown of Caldwell.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, going out to eat, dancing and taking adventurous trips. He and Beverly were regular attenders at First Baptist Church of Caldwell.

Dale, was proceeded in death by his parents Louis and Josephine Walta and his nephew Mike Shelton. He is survived by his loving wife Beverly of Caldwell, Children; Danny (Laurie) Walta, Deborah (Corey) Minor, Derek (May) Walta; Step-Children: Tracy Ross, Rick (Anna) Ross, Becky (Howard) Meyer, Trish (Chad) Wood; Sister: Norma Shelton; Grandchildren: Danna (Ross) Bartley, Dylan Walta; D’Nae, Austin, Aaron, Bailey Minor; Justin and Austin Pelkey; Ted, Tina, Justin Ross; Ashley (Charlie) Ven; Aaron (Nicole) Meyer; Noelle and Hannah Wood; Great-Grandchildren: Eryka, Grace and Thomas Valenzuela; Mia, Maddy, McKenna Meyer, Hendrick Wilson.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Schaeffer Mortuary Chapel, Caldwell.

Memorials may be given in memory of Dale to the First Baptist Church in Caldwell or to the Caldwell High School Alumni Association and sent in care of the mortuary.

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Marilyn Lungren Houlden

Family and Friends - 05/09/2014

Dale and I began school as first graders together at Hahn School, Dist. 75. My mother, Pearl Lungren was our teacher. Our second grade teacher was Frances Kloefkorn and as we were ready for grade 3 Dale's family moved into Caldwell, leaving me the only one in my grade for the next 6 years!

Jerry and I didn't realize Dale had a health problem and are sorry to hear of his passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.


Jerry and Marilyn Houlden


Kevin and Ginger LeCounte

Family and Friends - 05/09/2014

So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. We will always remember his big wave and grin on his face as he would drive by. He was always so friendly and happy to see a person. He will be missed. Our prayers are with his family.


Cheryl Warner

Family and Friends - 05/09/2014

So sorry to hear of Dale's passing. He was always such a hard working man. Always saw him taking care of his cows and calves. I always had interesting conversations with him when I worked at the grocery store. I know he will be missed by all of his family. Such a shock and am so sorry.


Robert S. (Bob/Bobby) O'Neale, Jr

Family and Friends - 05/24/2014

Dale was my best (only) friend in Caldwell where my grandparents lived and where I spent many summers and special occasions. We fished, made model airplanes from any material we could find and played tirelessly on endless hot summer KS days. We attended carnivals when I happened to be in town and although he was 3+ years my senior he ever shunned or ignored me. I was always so proud of him and of his life choices as he broke away from his not-so-enviable boyhood home life to use his intelligence and talents to build better lives for himself and his family. Dale's passing was a shock to me and although I hadn't seen him for many a fortnight his absence is felt by a heavy heart. One day I hope to see him again in the environment known only to those who seek God's favor.



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