Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2007

Dale Wayne Caruthers

October 4, 2007


A Memorial Service of Remembrance for Dale Wayne Caruthers, 81, Baldwin City, will be at 2 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Caruthers died Sept. 30, 2007, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Facility.

He was born July 17, 1926, near Waverly, the son of Jason Simpson and Anna Eliza (Ice) Caruthers. He attended Prairie View School. The family moved to Wellsville in 1935. He served during World War II in the United States Navy on a submarine squadron in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged April 23, 1946.

He married Barbara M. Danley Sept. 8, 1946, at the First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. He received his GED in 1947. He worked construction and auto mechanics before working as a meat cutter at Allan Daugherty's Grocery from 1948 to 1957. Dale, Barbara and family purchased the grocery store from Allan Daugherty in 1957. He operated Dale's Grocery for 26 years and became semi-retired in 1983. He worked for the USD 348 maintenance department and as special education driver for 15 years. He retired again in 1999.

He was a member of the Baldwin First United Methodist Church; he was a Cub Scout Master in the 1950s; Past President of the Baldwin Commercial Club; received Citizen of the Year award from Baldwin Jaycees; Past Commander American Legion Post No. 228; Past Master Palmyra Masonic Lodge No. 23; Past Patron Eastern Star No. 162; Past Chef De Gare, 40/8 No. 786; served on Baldwin City Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years; received State of Kansas Honorary Diploma from Wellsville High School on May 20, 2001, in recognition of his military service.

Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Joyce Septer, Spotsville, Ky.; two sons, Douglas W., Pomona, and Randy D., Baldwin City; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

His parents, brothers, Roger, Russell, Walter and Ralph, and sisters, Naomi Porter, Opal DePue, Erma Thompson and Ruth Vickers, died earlier.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. the day of service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Baldwin First United Methodist Church or the Baldwin Fire Department and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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