Dale Alexander Kingseed
June 25, 1928 – October 1, 2019
Dale Alexander Kingseed, 91, of Kokomo, was called home on October 1, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was born June 25th, 1928 to Ralph Alexander and Mildred (Landrum) Kingseed. He grew up with his younger brother Max, on the farm in Plevna, IN. Dale went on to marry the love of his life, Grace Marie Poppas, on March 2, 1951 in Kokomo. Dale graduated from Greentown High School in 1946. He graduated from Purdue University in 1950, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Mathematics. Galveston High School was lucky to have him teach math from September 1950 - November 1951. Dale was then called to proudly serve his country as a Marine in Korea, from November 1951 - November 1953. During his service, he was awarded the American Spirit Honor Medal for his “honor, initiative, loyalty, and high example to comrades in arms”. At the end of his military career, he achieved the rank of Captain. As an honor for his service, Dale and his son Kurt had the extraordinary opportunity to join other Veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2015. After returning from Korea, Dale worked for Haynes International, in Kokomo, Milwaukee, WI, and Santa Fe, CA, for over 40 years. Dale was a good athlete. Anything he played, he played well and was very competitive. Basketball, baseball, softball, bowling, golf- just to name a few. He was named to the Lions Club District 25-D Silver Anniversary Basketball Team. This team also included Mr. Basketball from 1946, Johnny Wilson. Bridge, Euchre, Gin, Cribbage- whatever the card game, Dale would join in and play. Dale liked to talk, banter, and analyze the Chicago Cubs, Indianapolis Colts, and Purdue Boilermakers with anyone who would listen. Dale was a long time member of Grace United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school and served on numerous leadership committees. He was on the Board of Directors for the Howard County Guidance Center. Dale was President of the Y’s Men’s Club. He was a member of the Selective Service. Dale served on the Bona Vista Board in several capacities through the years. Bona Vista has served our family and many others in the community, and we are proud of his involvement. Dale was a member of the Kokomo Country Club where he served on the board and as President. If you drove by Dale and Grace’s home, you very well might see him working out in their yard. One of his passions was gardening. He took a lot of pride in his yard, flowers, and vegetable garden. Dale had a beautiful relationship with his Savior, Jesus Christ and was honored to serve him daily. He led all of us by his example and we are forever grateful. Dale is survived by his wife, Grace; children- Kurt Edward Kingseed (Lisa), Jeffery Todd Kingseed, Elizabeth Kingseed Waters (Steve). He is also survived by many grandchildren he adored- Lauren Elizabeth Kingseed (Michael Probst), Drew Alexander Kingseed, Katelyn Elise Ward (Ryan), Emily Grace Waters, Meghan Elizabeth Waters, Michael Hinkle (Elessa), and Alex Davies (Kyle). In addition, Dale was able to know and love his great grandchildren- Miles, Finlee, and Griffin Hinkle, Elise Probst, and Palmer Alexander Ward. Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mildred Kingseed and, his brother Max Kingseed. The Kingseed Family would like to express their love and gratitude to the doctors, nursing staff, and Hospice at St. Vincent - Kokomo for the excellent care he received. A special thank you to Drs’. Spoljaric and Fascista from St. Vincent Hospital, plus Julie Maggard, RN and team from St. Vincent’s Hospice, for treating Dale with the respect and dignity of which he was so deserving. The family also has a deep appreciation for the 4th floor nursing staff and the tender loving care they provided all of us. Thanks to Michelle, Brieanne, Mitsy, Brook, Barb, and many others A celebration of Dale’s life will be on Tuesday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m., at Grace United Methodist Church, 219 W Mulberry St, Kokomo, IN 46901. The service will be officiated by Pastor Brian Cook. Full military honors will be provided by VFW Military Rites Team. You are invited to visit with the Kingseed family at the church, on Monday October 7, from 4-8 p.m. You may also visit with the family one hour prior to the church service on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dale’s memory to Grace United Methodist Church or St. Vincent Hospice, 311 Berkley Rd, Kokomo, IN. 46901.
Grace United Methodist Church
219 W Mulberry Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46901
St. Vincent Hospice
311 Berkley Road, Kokomo, Indiana 46901
- Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, October 8, 2019
- Entombment Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Dale Alexander Kingseed
October 8, 2019
I read about your father’s, long and well lived life. You inherited so many of his honorable and loving characteristics. Dale and Grace were pillars of the Kokomo community and will be remembered for their kindness and decency. Sending my best to your mother and all the Kingseed family.
October 7, 2019
Our organization, Mental Health America of NCI, so appreciates the support that Dale showed throughout the years for our Social Club and Empowerment Circle events. Our condolences to Jeff and the entire family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
October 7, 2019
We are sorry for your loss. Relish all the good memories.
October 6, 2019
Dale was a dear friend to all of us in the Haynes International Retiree Monday Breakfast Club. Some of us shared friendship with Dale going back many decades. I can honestly say without reservation that Dale was one of the finest men I ever met, and I know all of his Breakfast Club friends would agree. We will miss him very much. Our love and sincere condolences to all of his family.
We peer across a wide valley
we all must someday trek,
hoping to see our loved one
who has journeyed before us.
But the gulf is far too wide,
our eyes unequal to the task.
Only through a lens of faith
are we able to see him clearly,
atop the hills on the other side,
and know his joy, his happiness
in culmination of a life well lived,
the world left better for it.
- Frederick Michaels
October 5, 2019
I am deeply saddened to read of Dale‘s passing. I got to know Dale and Grace through their friendship with my parents, Kirby and Josephine Alexander. The entire Kingseed family is made up of wonderful people, and Dale certainly was one of those special souls who comes into our lives so rarely. He always had a smile on his face, a friendly greeting, and such genuine warmth. He was a true “gentleman“ and he will be missed. But what a privilege it was to have been able to know him. My deepest sympathies go to the entire Kingseed family, but I rejoice knowing that Dale has seen the face of Jesus.
October 3, 2019
I worked for Dale for many years at Haynes and he was the best man anyone could ever work for. He was a friend to me when my husband was going through a difficult time, and needed open heart surgery. Dale always remained a close friend. My condolences to Grace, Kurt, Libby and Jeff and the rest of the family. God be with you and bring you peace and comfort in this time. Shirley Watson