Dale Robert Heeren, 89, of Sedalia, passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 18, 1927 in Hampton, IA, the son of John and Jurene (Leerhoff) Heeren, who both have preceded him in death.
Dale was united in marriage to Joyce Ward on May 28, 1949 in Hampton, IA. Joyce preceded him in death on September 12, 1979. On August 28, 1987 at Unity Village in Lee’s Summit, MO he was united in marriage to Cheri Mohns Whitsitt, who resides at the home.
Dale was a member and past grandmaster of The Prudence Masonic Lodge #205 in Algona, IA, and a 50 year member of the Scottish Rite in Algona, IA. He proudly served his country honorably in the US Army during WWII. He was a member of First Christian Church, Sedalia. He worked as an agent for Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Company and covered the state of Missouri for over 30 years. Dale enjoyed playing golf and cards with his buddies. He loved gardening and working in his yard.
Dale’s first wife, Joyce, was the last teacher at Bothwell School and he took pride in taking care of the school and the grounds while living in the nearby house provided by the school.
Besides his wife, Cheri, he is survived by five daughters, Cindy Joy Klatt of St. Louis, Susan Truman (Kevin) of Kansas City, Laura Morey (Joe) of Sedalia, Liz Ambrose (Kevin) of Sedalia, and Catie McLaughlin (Russ) of Sedalia; a son Jim Whitsitt (Heather) of Kingsville, MO; and eleven grandchildren, Jon (Heather) Klatt, Tim (Katie) Klatt, Howard (Katie) Morey, Kimberlyn Morey, Jordyn Kemp, Allison Morey, Meredith Kemp, Megan Whitsitt, Chloe Whitsitt, Emily McLaughlin, Samuel McLaughlin; and five great-grandchildren.
Besides his first wife Joyce and his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Heeren, and a son-in-law, Dale Klatt.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at Rea Funeral Chapel, Sedalia, with Rev. Dr. Chad McMullin officiating.
Family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until service time at the chapel.
A committal ceremony with full military honors by VFW Post #2591 and the Warrensburg Army National Guard Mike Team will take place at Mt. Herman Cemetery, Sedalia.
Honorary bearers will be Bill and Rosie Hodges, Bob Stockwood, Ray Ellison, James Graves, Dorothy Robertson, Tom and Sally Keating, and Beth Palmer.
Expressions of sympathy are suggested to the Show-Me Christian Youth Home in LaMonte or to First Christian Church, Sedalia in care of the funeral chapel.