Dale Wayne Licklider

Dale Wayne Licklider, with the checkered flag waving, crossed the finish line for the race of life on February 14, 2015. Dale ran an amazing race throughout his life as a beloved husband and father. Dale’s win came with an offer he could not refuse. This win comes with many perks, including a reunion with family and friends he has not seen in a long time, and takes him to a grand place where he can race with the Winged Express. Music, laughter, and love are guaranteed.

Dale was loved for many reasons but mostly for making others laugh. The audience he leaves behind is his wife Kathy, son Cale, daughter-in-law Amber, daughter Katie, and beloved cat and companion Samson. Sister Sheila, brother-in-law Alvin Flatebo, nephew Dan, and niece Lisa.

We want to let you know that he was a great man and wish him a safe race in his new season. We will remember his smile, his laughter, his passion for music, and his love and dedication to his friends and family.

He was a wonderful man who had great stories, great taste in music, and always ready with a joke. Dale never let his illness hold him back and kept his independence (or stubbornness, depending on who you ask) until the very end.

Dale made a difference in the lives of many and asked that memorial contributions be made to Wayside Waifs or a charity of your choice. Honoring Dale’s request for no service, please take the time to do something that makes you laugh.

As promised these are for Dad:



Visits: 3


  1. Ted Bunn on February 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Kathy and family,

    What you have written for Dale somehow makes the news a little easier to hear.
    Dale was one of my best friends, if not my best friend since our early teens. Now I SO wish I had made more of an effort to stay closer since we graduated from CHS.

    There are SO many great memories of the good times we had. And you are right. He always could make me laugh.

    Peg and I will pray that God’s Peace is with you knowing he has gone home to be with loved ones that have gone before. I know my dad will be happy to see him!!!

    Peace be with you – Peg and Ted Bunn

  2. Mary-Louise Burt on February 17, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Gosh the Lickliders were integral to the Rowan community all my growing up days. My sympathy to Sheila and all the family. I think if memory serves me (and it often doesn’t) that Dale was one of maybe three boys in our class in Rowan. I knew he liked me cause he hit me really hard on the arm when he walked by. And unlike me he was really a quick learner. I only beat him in spelling. Well RIP Dale.

  3. Janice Young on February 17, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Kathy and family,

    This is very sad news to me and my husband John. Dale was in John’s class (1969), I was a year younger. We both have fond memories of Dale. He was well liked and known for his sense of humor. I had the privilege of working with Dale at Ken’s Restaurant during high school. Working with Dale was not “work” it was a blast. We all had so much fun and Dale was the source of most of our laughter. I have never forgotten Dale, even though I had not seen him since his senior year. It is a great comfort to know how much he loved and was loved by his family. I pray for God’s comfort and peace as you grieve this great loss. Janice Young

  4. Emily Mackie on February 17, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Kathy, Katie, and family,
    What a beautiful description you have written and such a lovely tribute. My heart hurts for you all for your loss. Katie, I know the pain of losing a father and I will pray for you without ceasing in this difficult time. I pray that you feel him with you always. Kathy…I simply have no words. I love you and you are like a mom to me, having been a part of some of the biggest parts of my life and just know that it is my turn to be here for you. Peace and comfort to you all.
    Love Emily and the boys.

  5. Ken and Mari Bernhardt on February 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers with the loss of your husband and father.
    A beautiful tribute you wrote about Dale! Both of us were high school classmates of Dale and we are glad we got to visit with him when he was in Clarion last year.
    Dale always had a smile on his face and always made one feel so good!
    May all the good memories give you comfort at this time!

  6. Pam Caldwell on February 17, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Kathy, Katie, Cale & Amber,
    So sorry for your loss. Our family was blessed to have met Dale. He was so kind, friendly, caring and funny. The first time we met him, we felt like we had known him forever.
    Thanks for sharing this tribute. Praying for you.

  7. Deb Elston Schendt on February 18, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Kathy and family – What a beautiful tribute to Dale – you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we are so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Dale having a smile on his face, laughing, and making others laugh with him! I know he has left alot of memories with his classmates of CHS. Sending you our love and sympathies – Jim and Deb

  8. Terry Allen-Burns (Tracy) on February 18, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I was a classmate of Dale’s. I remember his white 1963 (I think) with red interior. He was very proud of that car. I remember him as a hard worker, always having a job as a cook somewhere. He had an incredible sense of humor. It is with great fondness that I will remember Dale.

  9. Wendy Turner on February 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I have fond memories of Dale from our days as Camp Fire parents. His smile and his laughter added something very special to every project that we did for the kids. I share the feeling of loss with probably everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

  10. Marie Wintz Kelch on February 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    You all have my prayers. Dale was one of my high school classmates; the class of 1969 was/is like no other! Dale helped make it great. Your tribute and the songs are wonderful. I hope he also is rockin’ with the rest of our classmates who got there before he did. He was a good cook at Ken’s in Clarion (lots of stories there!) It was our good fortune to have known him. Peace be with you all.

  11. Debbie Fields Whitford on February 19, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Dale was a great friend and neighbor. The first time I met him he made me laugh. He was so kind and after Mike’s passing, he helped us out a lot. I know that he will be greatly missed, but the memories that Andy, Beth and I have of living next door will be with us for a long time.

  12. michelle moore reif on February 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Kathy and family,
    I don’t know where I was during high school because it sounds as though I really missed out on knowing a great human being. I did not know Dale cooked at Ken’s restaurant nor did I know of his wonderful sense of humor.
    But, from what I have read, he was a very talented guy. Obviously, Kathy, you appreciated that more than any of us, and loved him unconditionally as did his children.
    Now, you, Kathy, I knew from a very young age as you and my sister, Alison, were in the same class and good friends. You were both rather shy individuals, but I think you both marched with the Drill Team.
    I have been walking the walk you will be taking now for almost 8 years. You learn to live with the loss of your spouse, but it isn’t easy. I had the opportunity to attend a support group whose mantra remains, ‘Fake it till you Make it’, and some days, I Fake it more than Make it.
    May God hold you in the palms of his hands. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Michelle Moore Reif

  13. Jared Kirk on February 19, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Even after receiving the message from Cale that Dale had passed and the heavy heart I had hearing someone who was like a second father to me was gone, it didn’t take more than a few seconds for me to remember numerous funny things he had said to me and around me and it made me smile. He will definitely be missed and I send my warmest thoughts to his wonderful loving wife and second mom to me, Kathy, my college roommate and long-time best friend, Cale, and sister and good friend Katie who I used to take to school all those years ago. Keep racing Dale!

  14. Peggy Brewer on February 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Kathy & Family,
    I know as a racing fan myself, Dale will watch the Daytona race with some of the drivers that have gone before. He can look for others, family members and friends.
    I always enjoyed seeing him come to see Kathy at the hospital where she & I worked for years together.
    His family will have to get by on memories but those will do their best to fill the hole left in everyone’s heart, so till we meet again, Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, Let’s go racing Dale!

  15. Phyllis Harrel on February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    We knew Dale from Raytown South band while our kids were in high school. He was always so anxious to help with whatever was needed when Charlie was President of the band parents organization. My sympathy to Kathy and the entire family. You have lost a wonderful man and but he will be with you forever in your wonderful memories.

  16. Bill Caughron on February 20, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Kathy, Cale, and Katie, I don’t remember the first time I met Dale but it was at Major Cadillac when I towed cars into the dealership and he was in the parts department. Then to my surprise, Katie and our daughter Jennifer were in the band together at RSHS. Always a your smile and a warm hello when we would meet and greet at the school functions. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for your family. Bill, Lani, and Jennifer (Story) Caughron

  17. Stacy Wood on February 20, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I am very sorry to hear about Dale. It sounds like he made the most of life and will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts are with his family.

  18. Bill and Kathie Billings and Family on February 22, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Kathy, Cale and Amber, and Katie

    Bill and I were so sorry to hear about Dale. Stephen called to tell us the news. He was such a good man. We know he will be missed by many friends and family. We have fond memories of Dale along with so many others. You couldn’t help being happy when you were around him. Our thoughts and hearts are with all of you.

  19. Carolyn Cook on February 24, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I had the great privilege and fun of getting to know Dale as a cook @ Ken’s Restaurant, during my high school years. He could always be counted on to be kind and sharing with his wonderful sense of humor, making the hours go more quickly.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I know you miss him very much!

  20. Tom Stottlemyre on May 29, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Dale was a great guy and friend!! Worked with him at Major for 10 years, left in 2005, I heard this recently and was very sorry to learn that he is gone!! My heartfelt condolences to all!!

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