Dale Francis Ney Kansas City, Kansas

Dale Francis Ney, 87, of Kansas City, Kansas, departed this life on February 25, 2013 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Born in the home his great great-grandfather built, Dale attended grade school at Elm Grove School and Bonner Springs High School. His mother signed for him to join the U.S. Marine Corp at age 17, and he served as a flight communications specialist in the Asian Theatre during World War II.
He married Opal Laney in 1947, and the two of them celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last September. The couple had two sons, Tim and Randy.
Dale was a master carpenter, and worked for various construction companies as a foreman and superintendent during his career. He found work from Arizona to Alaska, and settled his family in Kansas City, Ks. In his spare time he built houses during the 1950’s, and built a block of houses on Rowland in KCK by himself. He served as superintendent constructing many bridges, including below Bagnell Dam, and those on I-635, I-435, and on K-7 at Bonner Springs. A dedicated and hard worker, he was known for his fair treatment of colleagues and for never asking them to do anything that he did not do. More than once, he fell in an icy river on bridge construction jobs wearing a full belt of tools. He would extract himself from the water, go home, clean up, and go back to work.
Always the adventurer, Dale was ahead of his time in many ways. Besides his steady construction jobs with Barcus, Phillips Petroleum, and other firms, he established and ran a KOA Kampground, and Big-Game Hunting and White-Water Rafting companies in the Salmon National Forest in Idaho in the 1960s and 1970s. Whether it was a tricking-out a bread truck or flying his home-crafted ultra-light and para plane aircraft, he was mechanically gifted. He could fix or build anything, and loved every new gadget that came out.
Dale was a lover of art and nature. He was an accomplished watercolor and woodcraft artist, and treasured the art of others. Llamas were his pets, and he shared his love of art and nature with his children and grandchildren.
A chronicler of family events, Dale recorded hours of memories. He assembled a time capsule in 2000 and buried it on the family’s 140-year farm.
His parents, Leslie and May Ney; a brother, Zane Ney; and a grandson, Zachary Ney, preceded him in death. Left to cherish his memories are his wife Opal, of the home; sons Timothy (Jean) and Randy (Robin) of Bonner Springs; grand children Katie (Steve), Joshua (Carol), Shelby, and Summer, and six great grand children.
Private graveside services will be held, and a public Celebration of Life will occur March 16 at the Pebblebrooke Clubhouse in Basehor. Memorials can be directed to the Salvation Army.
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