He was born on Nov. 17, 1921, to Irvan and Jeniva (Duncan) Maxson in rural Edna. He grew up and attended elementary school in Hawkin, south of Edna, and graduated high school from Edna.
In 1941, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was one of the first 20-year-olds out of Labette County to be drafted. He served in World War II. He was a quartermaster and a supply sergeant.
On Jan. 1, 1942, he married Winifred Higginson in McPherson. They made their home in Edna on their ranch.
Growing up, Dale worked as livestock commissioner for Maxson Commission Firm in Coffeyville, Parsons and Joplin. After he returned from the Army, he worked for Armor as an order buyer. In 1956, the company built a sale barn in Welch, Okla., and later became Maxson Sale Co. Inc. with sale barns in Welch and South Coffeyville. In 1975 and 1976, Maxson Sale Co. sold the two sale barns and continued as Maxson Sale Co. Auction Services.
Dale was a lifetime rancher. He also was an auctioneer.
He was a member of Edna United Methodist Church; Edna Masonic Lodge No. 345 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite and Shrine; Salvation Army; Gideon Society; Farm Bureau; Bartlett Co-Op Association; VFW; American Quarter Horse Association; Coffeyville Interstate Fair board; Coffeyville FFA; and Rural Water District No. 8 board. He was an FFA honorary chapter farmer in USD 506, a Kansas FFA honorary farmer and a Kansas farmer homemaker. He was a charter member of Edna Roundup Club.
Survivors include two sons, Danny Maxson and his wife, Peggy, of Welch, Okla., and Rickey Maxson of Monkey Island, Okla.; a daughter, Kristi Esquibel and her husband, Mike, of Edna; five grandchildren, Timmy Tyson Maxson and his wife, Teresa, Tracy Joe Maxson and his wife, Kim, Ryle Duncan Maxson and his wife, Ashley, Karen Ann Maxson and Michael Rio Esquibel; four great-grandchildren, Tegan Maxson, Taya Maxson, Taliyah Maxson and Tracer Maxson; and a sister, Wanda Ladage of Parsons.
He is preceded in death by his wife; a son, Timmy Dale Maxson on Oct. 4, 1964; three brothers; and a sister.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Edna United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lane Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in North Edna Cemetery. Edna Masonic Lodge No. 345 A.F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic rites. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville and from 3 to 9 p.m. at Edna United Methodist Church, where family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to Edna United Methodist Church, the Dale Maxson Labette County FFA Scholarship fund or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and may be left at or sent to the funeral home, 306 N. Cline Road, Coffeyville, 67337.
Online condolences can be left at www.dwbfh.com.