The Rev. William B, “Bill” Dale passed from this earthly experience to a new dimension in living on December 4, 2019 in Lee’s Summit, MO, surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held in the Fillmore Chapel in Unity Village at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 28, with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bill was born November 5, 1935 in Alvarado, Texas to Sybil Pope and Bernard Dale. He graduated from High School in Ft. Worth and attended the University of Texas his Freshman year. He postponed finishing his education to serve in the United States Army. Bill subsequently attended Southern Methodist University and graduated in 1963 with a business degree in accounting.
Bill’s professional career included Controller at Ford Motor Company’s Dallas office. Bill left Ford Motor Company to accept a position at an oil and gas producing company in Corpus Christi, TX, where he met and married his wife of 50 years, the Rev. Marge Dale. They merged two families and, together, raised eight children.
In 1971, Bill chose to put aside a promising business career to answer the call to ministry. The Dales moved their family to Lee’s Summit for Bill to attend the Unity seminary. He was graduated and ordained in 1975. While still in seminary, Bill was invited to serve on the staff at Unity’s world headquarters in Unity Village, where he served for the next 28 years. His work included Vice President of Unity’s Publishing ministry and member of the Board of Trustees. Upon retirement from Unity Village the Dales moved to Lake of the Ozarks where they helped establish the Unity at the Lake Church and served there in many capacities.
A kind and thoughtful soul, Bill’s generous nature knew no boundaries. He valued the sacredness of all of God’s creatures and would offer assistance to friends and stranger alike. To Unity coworkers, Bill was more than a “boss’, he was a caring mentor and friend. To his grandchildren he was a loving “Opa” and playmate.
The Dales enjoyed traveling and experiencing different cultures. They traveled throughout the Caribbean, most of the United States and many countries in Europe. Bill also enjoyed bird hunting, but his true love was books. He was an avid reader and spent many of his retirement hours reading. He especially enjoyed historical biographies.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a son—Michael A. Dale, and two grandchildren—Jason Albanese and Jennifer Dale. He is survived by his wife, Rev. Marge Dale of Lee’s Summit; two sons—Anthony W. Dale and his wife, Cynthia, of Converse, Texas; Charles B. Dale of St. Robert, MO; one daughter—Jean Fisher of San Antonio, TX; four step-children—Patricia A. Polinard of Rimrock, AZ; Danny J.A. Polinard and his wife, Suzanne, of Corpus Christi, TX; George M. Polinard and his wife, Barbara, of Rockport, TX; and Tammy L. Greenshaw of Hot Springs, AR. He also leaves 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Unity at the Lake Church in Sunrise Beach, MO or to a local no-kill animal sanctuary.