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Melvin Dale

Melvin Dale Melvin D. Dale, died at 84, in his home in Manhattan on April 6, 2021.

He was born on May 1, 1936 in Manhattan, the son of Violet Lorene Kelley Dale. When Violet married Clifford Dale, Melvin was adopted by Clifford at the age of 4. He also then had a step-brother Billy Dale who was 10 years older, he and Melvin were great friends all of their lives. Melvin’s grandparents were Earl and Minnie Kelley, all are with the Lord.

He was a lifetime resident of Manhattan, but 4 years (1954-1958) when he was in the US Air Force, where he was stationed at Great Falls, Montana. His duty was to work behind the radar scope, protecting the Air Force planes from the Canadian geese.

After the service he worked as a house builder, a US Letter Carrier, security worker, and a maintenance worker at KSU. He was a volunteer reserve police officer for 3 years, and also was a volunteer fire fighter for 17 years. After taking the First Responder course he saved 3 peoples lives. During the 1993 flood he was honored for showing leadership at the sandbag operation and also helped volunteers with injuries.

The love of Melvin’s life was cars and race cars. Scuderia Shadetree Racing is the racing team he started in the garage behind his house. Don and Allen continued racing as their business and is operating as SSR Engineering. He spent many weekends at the Heartland Motor Sports Park in Topeka as a corner worker. Melvin was honored by the Kansas Sports Car Club of America in 1992 as the Enthusiast of the Year.

He leaves behind his wife of almost 61 years, Randi, of the home in Manhattan; his 3 children: Timothy Don Dale, Susan Dale, and Allen Dale; his granddaughter, Anastasia Richardson and mate Michael Christopher, and great-grandson, Maverick and also his many cousins and friends.

The family will greet friends during a visitation from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. Saturday April 10, 2021 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.

Funeral services will follow the visitation at 3:30 at the funeral home, burial will follow in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

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