Dale Vernon Wood

September 12, 2021

Dale Vernon Wood, 89, of Frankfort, died September 12, 2021 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.  He was born on October 26, 1931 in Hillisburg, Ind. to John Vernon and Jenny Celina (Huffer) Wood.  He married Mary Kathryn Atwell on March 28, 1953 in Indianapolis and she survives.

Dale began school in Scircleville, graduated from Michigantown High School in 1949, and attended Canterbury College in Danville, IN.  He worked for The Farmer’s Bank for 24 years, was a charter bus driver for 20 years, currently worked at Wal Mart for the past 9 years, and had umpired Little League from 1953 – 2019.  He also officiated high school baseball, basketball, and volleyball from 1972-2009.  Dale was a member of Monticello Christian Church.  He participated in roller skating competitions and was a member of the USARSA.  His other memberships included the Moose Lodge, where he was past Governor and had earned the “Pilgrim Degree”, the Kirklin American Legion, was past Master in the Clinton Masonic Lodge, Clinton O.E.S, and the Shriners.  He had been a Boy Scout leader for 5 years.  Dale enjoyed horseshoe pitching.

Memorial donations may be made to Clinton County Humane Society, P.O. Box 455, Frankfort, IN  46041.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be Noon until the time of service at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort.  Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. 

Survived by:

Surviving along with his wife, Mary are his Son: Mark Vernon (Dana) Wood of Carbon; Daughters: Sonja “Renee” (Keith) Boller of Colfax and Anna Christina “Chris” (Ron) Siler of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Brother-in-law Jim Atwell of Burbank CA; 16 Grandchildren; 10 Great-Grandchildren; and several Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Wood, two sisters: Gwynne Grant and Marie Rahe, and his niece: Sue Wright.


Leave your Condolences

25 Condolences for “Dale Vernon Wood”

  1. Dawnna Kaylor Beard September 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    So sorry for your families loss. I went to school with Chris and spent some time at your house. Dale was always so nice and had such a funny personality. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Kim Ray September 13, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Mary and family, I’m sending sincere condolences to you on the loss of Dale. He was a character and would always yell at me at Wal-Mart. We have had many fun memories at the skating rink and the ball diamonds. Dale will certainly be missed. Kind Regards, Kim Wilson Ray

  3. Jodi Brinkman September 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    My sincere condolences.
    I will miss Dale

  4. Pam Ferguson September 13, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    So sad to set this. Dale was an awesome man. Had the pleasure of working with him 6 yrs at Walmart
    Prayers for Mary and family. He will be missed. He always told me he’d never quit working.
    So fly high young man. You got wings now.

  5. Andrea west September 13, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Really going to miss you Dale. You made me smile on days I didn’t feel like it and put up with me being goofy and always giving you a hug. The world has lost a really great person. So sorry for your loss Mary

  6. Brad & Sue Stockberger September 13, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Dale was such a good man, we will miss him so much. Seeing and talking to him at Walmart and coming to the Moose! He would do anything for anyone!!! Prayers for you Mary and your family. You’re in our thoughts. He will be watching over you now.

  7. Brian Cripe September 13, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Mary and Family,
    Dale will be missed by so many. We worked together and there was never a dull moment. I know he is probably chatting with my mom right now. I want people to know Dale gave his heart and sole to umpiring baseball. RIP DALE. Seen you again someday!

  8. Erilda & Ron Coleman September 14, 2021 at 6:18 am

    Dearest Mary & Family,
    So sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. What great fun & memories we shared going roller skating at the park & being involved with skating competitions together. Such great times we had.
    Keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers for strength & comfort. May God wrap you in His loving arms you. God Bless – Erilda & Ron – Foley, AL

  9. Rick and Janie Gunter September 14, 2021 at 8:16 am

    We offer our sincere condolences in this most difficult time. Dale will be missed by many.

  10. Chris & Suellen Myers September 14, 2021 at 10:37 am

    So very sorry for your loss.

  11. Virgil and Sharon Von Tobel and Jennifer Ping September 15, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Mary and family, we are so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. If you need anything we are here.

  12. Patricia Pipes September 15, 2021 at 10:09 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Dale will be missed but always loved and remembered.

  13. Vicki Albaugh September 15, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I love this memorial video. My prayers an love are with the family. Dale was a good man and friend and he will sure be missed by all that knew him.

  14. MaryAnn Stockberger September 15, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    RIP Dale! You were a hoot to work with at the bank, and always friendly talking with you at Walmart. Hope you are up there throwing horse shoes and knocking down the pins. You almost made it to 90.

  15. Larry & Barb Richardson September 15, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Mary and family, Barb and I along with our family would like to offer our deepest condolences for the loss of Dale. He would do anything for anyone and was a fantastic ritualistic, great speaker, devoted Moose Legionnaire, Past Governor, and would offer a helping hand to any lodge administrator needing assistance. The memorial tribute video was very nice, I love the signature sideburns! God bless you all. “ Dilbert“ will be missed. Him and Earl are having a cold beer with Pete.

  16. Clair & Phyllis Johnson September 15, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dales passing. We grew up going to the same church. He was just as funny back then. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours Mary.

  17. Clark Slipher September 15, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I remember Mr. Wood as a Little League umpire in the early 1970s. All these years later, I still remember him as a kind man. It is incredible how many kids he must have touched in a positive way. Rest In Peace, Mr. Wood.

  18. Sue and Kenny Myers September 16, 2021 at 7:22 am

    So sorry. Always enjoyed talking to Dale. Worked at the Farmers Bank with him a long time ago. God bless his family.

  19. Mark N. Brown September 16, 2021 at 7:55 am

    I was deeply saddened when I found out that Dale had passed. My Prayers go out to your family in these times. I knew Dale for over 40 years and will miss him.

  20. Michael W. Brackett September 16, 2021 at 11:04 am

    It is obvious to me that there was a need for a really good umpire on the other side of the veil. I will miss his smile when I walk into Walmart.

  21. Marilyn Chittick September 16, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Mary, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, Marilyn Chittick

  22. Amanda Nightingale September 16, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    My deepest & dearest condolences. This is bitter sweet. I know Dale is in Heaven, with others who’ve passed, raising cain; but my heart breaks for those he left behind. He was energetic, always smiling, a kid at heart, loving husband, great worker, & amazing friend.

  23. Patty Butler September 19, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    I will miss seeing Dale’s twinkling eyes, over his mask, as he greeted me whenever I saw him at Wal Mart. He always had a happy attitude and a kind word. I also remember him fondly at FMS track meets. He loved watching Chris run and always offered to help out if I needed him to. What a wonderful person to have known. I will miss seeing and chatting with him when I go to Wally World. My sympathies to his family.

  24. Eric Meiers September 20, 2021 at 9:00 am

    So sad to hear of Dale‘s passing his smile and joking attitude that brought happiness to my face will be sorely missed my thoughts are with the family at this time so long Dale.

  25. Scott Hart September 21, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Mary and family, we send our deepest sympathy on your loss of an incredible husband, father and grandfather in Dale. Thank you for sharing his life with the Moose Fraternity all these years. His heart was always in the right place and he was a difference maker in the lives of so many, including the children at Mooseheart and seniors at Moosehaven. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.

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