Dale Elliott Haddix was born July 15, 1938, in Schell City, Mo., and passed from this life on July 4, 2009, in Schell City, at the age of 70. He was the son of Elliott Joseph and Dorothy Mae (Davis) Haddix.
Dale graduated from Schell City High School in 1956, and then later that year joined the United States Navy where he served his first four years. By the time he was discharged, Dale had attained the rank of 2' Class Petty Officer. In 1961 he met Dottie Ellen Pryor and they were united in marriage on Jan. 23, 1962.
Dale decided to return to the Navy for what would be a total of 22 years after he was guaranteed by his recruiter that he could go to submarine school. He served aboard the USS Tidewater, Bigelow, Fulton, Robert E. Lee, Nathan Hale, Henry Clay, and Simon Lake. He was also a recruiter for a time during the early 1970s. During his military tenure Dale rose to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He retired from the Navy in 1977. After retirement, he and Dottie moved back to Schell City where Dale owned his own appliance business and was also a Sears Authorized area repairman. He became active in the Schell City Volunteer Fire Department and was currently serving as Assistant Fire Chief. He was elected to the Schell City City Council in 1994, serving until 2004 when he was elected mayor -- a position that he was holding at the time of his death.
Aside from his wife Dottie of the home in Schell City, Dale is survived by their three sons, Robert Dale and Kim A.; Kevin Eugene and Kim J.; and Thomas Elliott and Rachel. Dale is also survived by his six grandchildren, Kirk, Nathan, Bryn, Hunter, Morgan, and Ethan. He was always proud of his children and was especially proud and fond of his grandchildren.
Dale was a quiet and thoughtful man who served his country and his hometown and will never be forgotten.
Funeral services for Dale Elliott Haddix were held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 10, at the Schell City Christian Church with Howard McPeak officiating. "Sweet By and By" was the hymn of choice sung by the congregation with accompaniment by Sharron Goodman and Kelly Davis. Pallbearers were: Kenny McCoy, Jim Goodman, Dennis Vantellman, Doug Vantellman, Tim Bailey, and Bill McKinney. Honorary pallbearers were: John R. Hoagland, Cecil Prough, Ted Thomas, and Sam Vantellman. Special Honorary Pallbearers were Dale's grandchildren. Interment with Military Honors were held at the Green Lawn Cemetery in Schell City. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Schell City Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements for Mr. Haddix were entrusted to the Lewis-Hoagland Funeral Home in Schell City, Mo.