Dale Burks, longtime business entrepreneur and rancher, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Willard, Missouri. Dale was born on December 20, 1921 in Fordland, Missouri to Charlie Burks and Alice Stone Burks. He was married for 70 years to Ellen Burks, who left this life in 2011. Children of this marriage are Larry Burks, Sherry Barnes, Kathy Adamson, Adam Burks and Ashley Burks. Dale was blessed with his family that includes twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
After graduation from Fordland High School, Dale ventured to California where he worked, owned a business and later served in the Naval forces during World War II. Coming home to Missouri, Dale's many business ventures included Burks Bag Company, Triple A Feed and Western Wear, and Preferred Farmers Inc. Dale enjoyed a lifetime of involvement in the horse and cattle industry - raising, breeding, training and showing quarter horses and registered Corriente cattle.
Visitation with the family will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at White Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 22 at White Chapel at 10:00 am. Interment will follow in White Memorial Gardens.
Family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made in Dale's name to the Sac River Cowboy Church, 6821 W. Independence Dr. Springfield, MO 65802.
Online condolences may be made at www.klingner-whitechapel.com.
Published in the News-Leader on July 21, 2014