Dale Williams age 93, of Green Hills Retirement Community and a longtime Ames resident and Voice on WOI Radio and Iowa State Cyclones died Sunday, Apr. 12 at Green Hills Health Care Center. A gathering of friends and family will be Wednesday, Apr. 15 from 4:00 -- 7:00 PM with the family present from 5:30 -7:00 PM at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care 414 Lincoln Way, with a private family graveside service at Iowa State University Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, Apr. 16 at the United Church of Christ - Congregational, 6 th and Kellogg in Ames.
Dale was born July 19, 1915 on a farm near Iowa City, Iowa the son of Elmer and Mary Rowland Williams. Dale graduated from Iowa City High where he lettered in football, basketball and track, and was very active in 4H. He then attended Iowa State University, where he majored in Animal Science and graduated in 1939. His activities during College included President of The Block and Bridle Club. As a member of the ISU judging team he won top honors and his team tied for first place at the International Livestock Show in Chicago. He was recognized for his high school record by being inducted into the Iowa City High Hall of Fame. After college Dale was a county extension director in Winona County MN. Dale married Elsie (Kim) Kimbrell on June 2, 1947, in Ames. He worked for Iowa State as extension farm editor, and for the next twenty-five years he was also the "Voice of Cyclones" doing basketball, football, and baseball broadcasting. He organized the Cyclone Sports Network. He broadcast the boys and girl high school basketball tournaments from 1943-1968. He was a member of the Cyclone Club since its inception. In addition to his extensive avocation in sports he made significant contribution to ISU as an extension agricultural editor. He was in demand as a swine judge, judging in almost every county in the state as well as at the Iowa State Fair. He moderated the National Barrow Show in Austin Minnesota. He was Superintendent of the Swine Department at the International Livestock Show in Chicago until he retired. He was a long time member of the Ames United Church of Christ -- Congregational.
Dale is survived by his wife Elsie (Kim) of Ames, daughter and son in-law Mary Lou and Tim Linder of Solon, Iowa, son Kyle Williams of ST. Paul, MN grandchildren, Alecia (Jared) Bucksa of Nisswa, MN, Kelsie (Chris) Campbell of Denver, CO, Nick Linder San Diego CA, and Gabrielle Williams of St. Paul, MN, one great grandson Louis Bucksa, one brother, Alan Williams of Urbandale and one sister, Miriam Troyer of rural Iowa City.
Memorials may be directed to his church or Iowa State University Foundation.
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