OBITUARY

Dale E. Cooksey

3 December, 19207 June, 2021
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Dale Elwood Cooksey (28th Division, 110th Inf Rgt, Company A, 1st Platoon), son of Vester and Flora Cooksey passed away peacefully at his home on June 7, 2021.

Dale was born in Trenton, MO on December 3, 1920 and lived in the midwest all 100 years of his life. His first job (at age 16) was as a shoe salesman and he eventually became store manager at age 18. He then moved to Chicago to be close to family where he married his sweetheart of 74 years, Atha Rita Cooksey.

Dale enlisted into the US Army at the age of 23 and trained at Camp Roberts, CA. When he left for Europe on the Queen Mary, he left behind his young bride who was carrying their first child. He went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge and the Ardennes Forest where he received 3 bronze stars. He was lucky to return home in January 1946 without injuries and he met his daughter for the first time. He worked in Chicago as a manufacturing representative selling brushes (for artists, hair stylists and painters) and eventually became a sales manager at a Sherwin Williams store for over 20 years after him and his family moved to Kansas City in 1959.

After retiring, he worked as a volunteer at a Thrift Shop. He loved to tinker with clocks and he could fix just about anything that was broken. Dale was uncharacteristically active his whole life. He elected to have heart surgery at the age of 99 because he was having difficulty walking his 14 flights of stairs. He always had things to do and liked to keep busy. He was always a generous man who believed in working hard and living honestly. He is a proud American, Christian, and true patriot – he raised his American flag on his flagpole every morning and retired it in the evening – rain or shine.

You would never catch Dale without a smile on his face and he had the ability to light up a room. He loved people and had never met a stranger. His number one joy in life was his family. He was married to his late sweetheart Atha Rita Cooksey for 74 years and leaves behind 3 daughters (Barbara Shields, Joann Osborn, and Joyce Tardie), 4 grandchildren (Craig Bammas, Tricia Nelson, Jayson Ryan and Niesha Fritz), and 8 great-grandchildren who adore him.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Hospital or Wounded Warriors.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 14, 2021 with a visitation one hour prior at Northland Cathedral Church, 101 NW 99th St., Kansas City, MO with burial to follow at White Chapel Cemetery, 6600 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jaden Nelson
  • Skyler Bammes
  • Neikko Dallas
  • Tricia Nelson
  • Craig Bammes
  • Jason Ryan
  • Autumn Bammes, Honorary
  • Niesha Fritz, Honorary

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, 14 June , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, 14 June , 2021

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Joyce Tardie

20 June 2021

Dad. Happy Father's Day! I love and miss you so much. My heart is hurting. Thank you for being the best Dad! You were the King of our family.

Kelly Ragsdale

14 June 2021

I had the pleasure of Dale’s friendship over the last year while volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver. He brought so much joy to my life and I will miss our weekly Thursday visits (and pink roses) dearly.

Ed Schrader

11 June 2021

Dale was a friend who had a deep faith and love for the Lord and a U.S. Army Veteran who really loved this country.

Mary O'Toole

10 June 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of Dales passing. He always blessed me with a loving smile and greeting. He made me feel I was special to him. God bless his heart. I know I will see him again, with the Lord.

Linda Peterson

10 June 2021

Thank you Dale for serving our country with LOVE; PRIDE AND HONOR. Because of your service for our country we can all live our lives in freedom.
EACH AND EVERYONE OF OUR VETERANS ARE OUR COUNTRY'S VERY SPECIAL HEROES AND THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOREVER.
God bless you for taking excellent care of our country; and for all the sacrifices you have made for our country and for all of us. You rest now in heaven with God and the Angels and with all of our other Veterans.

Laura Alexander

9 June 2021

I'll always remember sitting on the living room floor listening to Dale's stories. I learned a lot of first-hand history through his adventures.

And when ALL of the clocks would chime on the hour!

He was the life of the party and I smile when I think of him dancing his way through the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. :-)

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