Dale Elliott Haddix‚ 70‚ was born July 15‚ 1938‚ in Schell City‚ Missouri‚ and passed from this life on July 4‚ 2009‚ in Schell City. He was the son of Elliott Joseph and Dorothy Mae (Davis) Haddix.
Dale graduated from Schell City High School in 1956. Later that year‚ he joined the United States Navy‚ where he served his first four years. By the time he was discharged‚ Dale had attained the rank of 2nd class petty officer.
In 1961‚ Dale met Dottie Ellen Pryor‚ and they were united in marriage on January 23‚ 1962. Dale decided to return to the Navy for what would be a total of 22 years‚ after he was guaranteed by his recruiter that he could go to submarine school. He served aboard the USS Tidewater‚ Bigelow‚ Fulton‚ Robert E. Lee‚ Nathan Hale‚ Henry Clay‚ and Simon Lake. He was also a recruiter for a time during the early 1970s. During his military tenure‚ Dale rose to the rank of senior chief petty officer. He retired from the Navy in 1977.
After retirement‚ he and Dottie moved back to Schell City‚ where Dale owned an appliance business and was also a Sears authorized area repairman. He became active in the Schell City Volunteer Fire Department and‚ at the time of his death‚ was serving as assistant fire chief. He was elected to the Schell City City Council in 1994 and served until he was elected mayor in 2004‚ a position he was holding at the time of his death.
In addition to his wife‚ Dale is survived by his three sons‚ Robert Dale (Kim A.)‚ Kevin Eugene (Kim J.)‚ and Thomas Elliott (Rachel). He is also survived by his six grandchildren‚ Kirk‚ Nathan‚ Bryn‚ Hunter‚ Morgan‚ and Ethan. He was always proud of his children and was especially proud and fond of his grandchildren.
Dale was a quiet and thoughtful man who served his country and his hometown and will never be forgotten.