Joseph Dale Waymire passed from his earthly life, to go to his heavenly home on December 6, 2012, in the Ardmore Veterans Center, after a long illness.
Dale, as he was called, was known as a leader in all aspects of his life, from high school on. He had journalistic talent and was editor of his high school newspaper and later became President of the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association.
Following his graduation from East Central State, he married Mona Mae Gary, daughter of former Governor Raymond Gary and Emma Purser Gary. They began their married life August 4, 1951, in Lenapah, Okla., where Dale taught school before being drafted into the Army during the Korean conflict.
While serving in the Army, he was attached to one of the two atomic cannon battalions in the U.S. Army. His military service transitioned to the Army Reserve and then the Oklahoma National Guard, where as company commander of the Service Battery, 171st Field Artillery Battalion, he led them to receive the Eisenhower Trophy, recognizing the Battery as the top unit of the 45th Division during their summer encampment. Having won the trophy three years in a row, they were allowed to keep it.
After his time in the service, he and Mona returned to Madill with their infant daughter, Emily, where Dale became involved in his father-in-law's successful campaign for Governor of Oklahoma. Following Governor Gary's election and subsequent move to Oklahoma City, Dale assumed responsibilities with the Sooner Oil Company, which was owned by Gov. Gary. During this time, Dale was named to the Interstate Oil Compact.
Later, he formed Sooner Corporation, a propane distribution and service company, which was the first in the state to be computerized. Along with helping to develop the computer program, he also pioneered a distribution system of metering gas from centrally located tanks.
As a businessman, he was also active in community organizations and became President and a lifetime member of the Madill Lions Club.
Scouting was always a prominent activity and he served as Scout Master, member of the Board of the Arbuckle Executive Council, Chair of the Protestant Relations Committee for the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver in recognition of his service to the Boy Scouts.
Dale was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church since his baptism. He has served at the local, district, conference and general conference levels of the church, primarily in the work of the United Methodist Men. He was recognized by the United Methodist Men by receiving the John Wesley Fellow Award and also having a Leadership Award named for him in honor of his service to the United Methodist Men and the church.
In the local church, he taught Sunday School, was Chair of the Trustees, Finance and Administrative Board and was Charge Lay Leader, Youth Sponsor and choir member. He was District Director of the United Methodist Men, as well as serving as President of the Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Men. He also served as Lay Leader of the Oklahoma Conference and was a member of the Board of Trustees for Oklahoma City University.
Page 2 of 2 - He was elected President of the Association of Conference Presidents of United Methodist Men where he was instrumental in the establishment of the United Methodist Men's Foundation. He also drafted the legislation to make the United Methodist Men a stand-alone agency of the United Methodist Church which was passed at the 1996 General Conference. During this time, he served on the General Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church.
He represented the Oklahoma Conference at five Jurisdictional Conferences and three General Conferences.
Dale received his private pilot's license in 1963 in order to fly his father-in-law across the state of Oklahoma during his state-wide campaign. Dale really enjoyed flying, as well as sailing when he and Mona bought a sail boat. They enjoyed going to the lake after work for an hour or two of sailing and frequently spending the night.
Dale was very devoted to his family and loved being with them. He and Mona entertained often at family events.
He is survived by his wife, Mona Mae, of the home; his daughter, Emily and her husband, Steve Swisher of White Bear Lake, Minn.; son, Gary Andrew Waymire and wife, Janice of Ardmore; sister, Doris Nell Twibell of Santa Fe, N.M.; grandchildren, Andrea O'Steen and husband, Gregory O'Steen and daughter, Lainey of Grand Prairie, Texas, Amilia Cato and husband, John Cato and sons, Ethan and Eli of Quanah, Texas, Lauren Griffin of Saint Louis Park, Minn., Jerod Waymire and Jessica Waymire, Ardmore; step-granddaughter, Kari O'Neal and husband, Ian and sons Tanner and Conner of Lone Grove; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased in death by his parents, Joseph Andrew and Lela Ethel Waymire; sister, Flora Mae Wilson; brothers-in-law, Reagan Wilson and Edgar Twibell.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial gifts be made to the United Methodist Men's Foundation, 1000 17th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212, Destination Cross Point, c/o the United Methodist Foundation, 4200 Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73116 or the First United Methodist Church of Madill, P.O. Box 496, Madill, OK 73446.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15, 2012, in the First United Methodist Church of Madill, with the Rev. Burrel McNaught and the Rev. Brett Thomasson officiating. Music arranged by Sue Beard.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a family hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Watts Funeral Home, Madill.
Services will be under the direction of Watts Funeral Home, Madill, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to wattsfuneralhome.com.