Dale C. Colwell, 72, Ottawa: Sept. 5, 1932 – Sept. 27, 2016

OTTAWA, Kan. – Dale Clifton Colwell, 72, of Ottawa, died Sept. 27, 2016. He was born Sept. 5, 1932, in Kersey, Colo., to Harry Thompson Colwell and Eva Mae (Winslow) Colwell.

Dale grew up in and around Maryville, Mo., in Nodaway County. He moved to Kansas City in 1951, to work rebuilding the city after the great flood. He worked through the apprentice program and became a journeyman carpenter with Carpenters Local No. 315. He built many of the major buildings, hospitals and schools in the metro area.

After arriving in Kansas City, he became a member of First Assembly of God Church, in Overland Park, where he met and married Darlene Joan Orender, on Nov. 19, 1961. They made their home first in Overland Park, Kan., then in Spring Hill, Kan., moving to the Ottawa area in 1971. In addition to his construction job, Dale farmed with his in-laws and daughter until his passing.

Dale and his family were members of First Assembly of God (now Hope Anthem) Church, Ottawa, where he was an active member and teacher. He especially enjoyed his work with the Royal Rangers boy’s ministry. He was a member of The Gideons International and truly loved passing the scriptures to others. He spent his leisure time studying his Bible, reading history and researching family genealogy.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene, of the home and three children: Donita Callahan and husband, Rob, of Ottawa; Duane Colwell and wife, Lori, Osage City, Kan.; Daniel Colwell, Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Jack Colwell, St. Joseph, Mo., and John Colwell, Littleton, Colo.; a sister, Mary Margaret Stoaks, Kansas City, Mo.; and six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, at Hope Anthem Assembly of God Church, 520 E 13th St., Ottawa. Family will meet with friends from 6 to 8 p.m Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Bethel Christian Academy, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Online condolences may be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.

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