A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and
brother, Dale Deardorff, 76, resident of Henrietta, Texas, died peacefully on July 30, 2012, with his family by his side in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was born July 10, 1936, in Clay county, Ia. to Andrew Judge and Loretta Marie Deardorff. He graduated from Royal High School in 1954. After high school, Dale served in the Army from 1955-58 and was stationed overseas in Korea and also at several Army bases, including Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. and received an Honorable Discharge.
Dale was a farmer throughout his life before and after the Army. He farmed with his father growing up in Clay County, Ia. and then on his
own until 1976. In that year, he moved from Clay County to the Texas panhandle near Dalhart, Texas. Dale grew corn, wheat, maize, and soybeans until 1988. After that, Dale and his wife, Kay, grew a large commercial garden and enjoyed selling vegetables from the farm and at farmer's markets in the region. Dale also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, billiards, dominoes, and card games with his buddies. After 30 years in the Dalhart area, Dale and Kay retired and moved to Lake Arrowhead in Henrietta in 2006 where they enjoyed spending time visiting with family and with their wonderful neighbors.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kay Ople Deardorff, of Henrietta; daughter, Carrie Pierce and husband, Greg of Austin; son,
David Deardorff and wife, Trina of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter, Jeanette
Douglass and husband, Richard of Amarillo; daughter, Carolyn Secor and husband, Paul of Bedford; son, A.J. Deardorff and wife, April of San Angelo; sister, Marilyn Lohmeier and husband, Charles of Silver Spring, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Loretta Deardorff; and brother, Virgil Deardorff.
A funeral mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Henrietta on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
He will be greatly missed by all of his family, his neighbors, and his friends.