Dale Lee Lewis, 53, of Milan, Missouri, passed away unexpectedly, Friday, February 4, 2022 at University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.Born April 19, 1969 in Centerville, Iowa, Dale was the son of James Frank and Sarah Ann (Sandefur) Lewis, who preceded him in deathDale is survived by his two daughters Kristel Lewis (Alex Pooler) of Columbia, Missouri; Jessica Lewis of Chillicothe, Missouri; three sons Bradley Shoemaker (Savanah Sands) of Maryville, Missouri; Anthony Shoemaker (Samantha Cook) of Milan, Missouri; and Kaleb Davidson (Cheyenne Sharp) of Green City, Missouri.
Fourteen Grandchildren Ayla, Anona, Drayven, Braelyn, Liam, Gunner, Reveah, Embrilee, Isaiah, Skyla, Hazel, Jacob, Kaleb, and Elijah.
His Aunt Betty (Billy) Beck of Kansas City, Missouri; two uncles, Albert Lewis of Holt, Missouri; and Carlos (Nellie Beth) Sandefur of Pollock, Missouri. as well as numerous cousins, also survive Dale.
Dale was a graduate of Milan High School with the Class of 1987. He excelled at football and played for the Wildcats all through school. His love for the game made him a natural coach to the younger boys coming up the ranks. He loved coaching his sons and watching their games. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and was so ecstatic when they won the Super Bowl!
Starting at a young age, Dale worked side by side with his dad learning to mechanic. He could turn a wrench and work on just about anything. After graduating school, he went to work full time in the family business with his dad at Jim’s Truck and Tractor Repair. Other than working briefly at Farmland, now known as Smithfield in Rendering, he worked in the family business his entire life. At the time of his death, he was still working on tractors at the shop.
Dale was a simple man. He was proud of and enjoyed spending time with his children. From Kristel’s choir concerts, Jessica cheerleading at the games or the boys playing football, you could count on him being there. He liked to watch truck and tractor pulls, tractor and car shows and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. He was a huge Marvel movie fan, liked rocking out to AC/DC, and loved spending time with all his dogs, especially Boo. He had a great sense of humor (fart jokes), ate his steak rare, drank his tea sweet, and loved to laugh. He will be greatly missed by family and his numerous friends.
As per Dale’s request, he chose cremation with no services. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the family farm for family and friends at a later date.