HENDERSON, Nev. - Vernon 'Dale' Collinsworth, born Jan. 19, 1944, son of Elda Glenn and Florence Frampton Collinsworth, Ravenwood, Missouri passed away at home, Henderson, Sept. 29, 2019. He was a graduate of Northeast Nodaway R5 High School, Ravenwood, and Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri.
Dale taught Accounting and Business Law at Postville High School, Postville, Iowa, before becoming CEO for the Chamber of Commerces in Grinnell, Iowa, Marshall, Minnesota, Columbus, Nebraska and Waterloo, Iowa.
Dale had served as presidents to the Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce Executives, Columbus Area Rotary Club, Columbus Area United Way and of the congregation of Federated Church in Columbus. Among his awards, Dale received the Paul Harris Fellow from Rotary International and received an honorary award of Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska. Dale earned the designation of Certified Chamber Executive through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.
Dale is survived by: his wife, Judith, daughter of Harold and Evonne Medsker Holmes; son, Michael Dale, daughter-in-law Sheila, and granddaughter, Sadie of Las Vegas; sister, Donna Sue Nelson (David) of Ravenwood, and family. Also surviving are: his in-laws, Janice Ungles (Bill), Skidmore, Missouri, Jo Nelle Derr (M.C.) Maitland, Missouri, Jon Holmes (Nancy) Graham, Missouri, Jean Ann Lansche (Wayne) Palm Desert, California, and Jerry Holmes (Robin) Graham, Missouri; and their families.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at the family home with Pastor Paul Carter, Chaplain with Affectionate Care Hospice officiating.
Condolences may be offered to the family online at www.palmeastern.com
As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.