He grew up in the Cabool and Mountain Grove area. He graduated with the Mountain Grove High School class of 1967. Dale was employed with Mansfield Steel for 18 years. He was a hard worker who was dedicated to his job and doing it right.
Dale was most recently known from working at Walmart as a door greeter and public relations (PR) associate. Dale was a friendly man who could strike up a conversation with anyone he met. He was also a man who cared for others and looked forward to opportunities to help his friends and neighbors when possible.
He was an avid outdoorsman, who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. His greatest passion in life was spending time with his grandchildren. He loved taking annual trips with them to the Ozark Empire Fair. Dale was a loving and devoted father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
Dale had accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and attended First Free Will Baptist Church of Mountain Grove, when health permitted.
Besides his parents, Dale was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas Vandiver and Joe Vandiver, and one brother, Ferlin McCall.
Dale is survived by three sons, Jason Vandiver and wife Kayla of Mountain Grove, Brandon Vandiver and wife Jasmine of Mountain Grove, and Keven Garner and wife Jennifer of Cabool; one daughter, Jennifer Brown of Lyons, Kansas; six grandchildren, Breanna, Brett, and Bracelynn Vandiver and Lorrin, Matthew, and Niles; one brother, Leroy McCall and wife Lisa of Mountain Grove; five sisters, Edith Westfall of Mountain Grove, Elpha Loper and husband Ronnie of Cabool, Juanita Bennett and husband Marvin of Mansfield, Missouri, Earcille Hash and husband Harold of Lebanon, Missouri, and Joyce Bitick and husband Gene of Carthage, Missouri; numerous nephews and nieces; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Alan Thomas officiating. Special songs were “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” and “When I Get Where I’m Going.” Serving as pallbearers were Chad Coffman, Nick Watson, Ronnie Freeman, Keith Smith, Bud Aldridge, and Randy Garner. Honorary pallbearers were Leroy McCall and Brett Vandiver. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.