Dale Lee Flaxbeard, age 73, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2009, in his home surrounded by his adoring family.
He was born on October 11, 1935, in rocky Comfort, Missouri, the son of Thelma Irene (Killion) Flaxbeard and Noble Elmer Flaxbeard. He married Nancy Croddy, and to this union there were three children, Becki, Tom and Beth. He married Shirlene Vaughn, his wife of 36 years, and to this union there were two children, Larry and Chuck.
He is survived by his wife, Shirlene, of the home. He is also survived by a daughter, Becki and her husband Mark Brown, of Homer, Louisiana; a son, tom Flaxbeard, of Overland, Missouri; daughter, Beth and her husband Dave Grounds, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; son, Larry, of Kansas City, Missouri; son, Chuck, of Olathe, Kansas; sister, Donna Dickson, of Joplin, Missouri; and eight special grandchildren, Joshua, Jennifer, Zachary, Zoey, Emily, Kristen, Dale and Legos.
Dale received his high school education in rocky Comfort, Missouri. After graduating from high school, he began his college career at Abilene Christian College and completed his bachelor's degree in physical education from Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. He also gained additional education from colleges and universities in Missouri and Arkansas. Then, he took a position with Phillips Petroleum Company in tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1973, he became the owner of Telecheck Midwest, a franchise operating in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Tennessee. The business grew to be one of the first successful businesses on the College Boulevard Corridor in Overland Park, Kansas. He sold the business in 1933 and retired to spend time traveling, fishing, and hunting with his friends and family.
The name Dale Flaxbeard conjures up a lot of images: devoted husband, loving father, valued friend, entrepreneur, philanthropist, country boy, betting man, sportsman, coach and respected businessman. Dale was a man of great character and will be missed by the many lives he touched.
Memorial services were held at Clark's in Granby, Missouri, on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 1:00 p.m. and Mount Moriah in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday, May 11, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.
The family has established a memorial fund in Dale's honor. The fund will be used to help a worthy student attend college. Anyone who would like to donate can send their contribution to McDonald County Schools Foundation, Care of Dale Flaxbeard, P. O. Box 84, Anderson, MO 64831. Paid