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Dale "Schmidt"

May 18, 1927 - January 18, 2015 BETHANY Dale Aldwin Schmitt, 87, died January 18, 2015 in Bethany. Dale was born in Robinson, Kansas to Kenneth Aldwin and Julia Opal (Deaver) Schmitt on May 18, 1927. He grew up on a Sabetha, Kansas farm and attended Fairview High School his freshman year, but the family moved to Oklahoma in 1942. He graduated from Pryor High School in 1943. Dale attended New Mexico A&M and Muskogee Junior College, completing an Associate Degree. Dale was a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps serving as a navigator during World War II with most of his time spent in Japan and China until his discharge from active duty December 2, 1946, and reserve duty November 3, 1949. He moved to Tulsa and met the love of his life, Opal Williams; they married November 25, 1949, in Bentonville, Arkansas. Dale had a number of jobs; truck driver, oil pipeline worker, and USDA dairy inspector until politics and the construction industry moved the family to Oklahoma City in 1957. Dale became campaign manager for J. Howard Edmondson's successful run for Governor of Oklahoma, was appointed to the State Employee Merit System Personnel Board and served as its Chairman from January 1959 until he resigned in December 1968.In 1960, working as a mechanical engineer, Dale founded Metalines, Inc. As its President, Dale pioneered the development of flexible expansion and seismic joints and covers and was granted patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for 19 unique designs. Until his sale of Metalines and retirement in 1994, Dale's designs were some of the most respected and sought-after products in the entire industry. The Metacaulk and Metafoam flame resistant sealants and Metaflex fire barrier system were truly innovative. With sales representatives in nearly every state, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, Metalines products were literally used all over the United States and the World from our own Will Rogers International Airport, to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, to Riyadh's King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia and other airports around the globe. His products were also widely used in hospitals across the U.S., particularly in California's earthquake zones, as well as in such local structures as Tulsa's Mid-Continent Tower. Dale was a life-long member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church from 1966 to present. He was very involved in his church serving on various boards, with its youth group, and building committees. Also, Dale was a member of Bible Study Fellowship for 24 years, with 20 years of service as a Discussion Leader.Dale loved attending sporting events for all his grandchildren. He was often seen with a camera around his neck and soon became the unofficial team photographer, a job he took seriously and thoroughly enjoyed. The sports included softball, wrestling, basketball, baseball, volleyball, football and soccer. Dale also enjoyed seeing his grandchildren perform at talent shows, theatrical productions and recitals.Dale was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Duane Schmitt, and his beloved wife, Opal. He is survived by his daughter, Carol McClure and husband Todd of Oklahoma City; his daughter, Marilyn McPhail and husband David of Bethany; grandchildren, Micaela McClure, Emily McClure, Dale McClure, Courtney McPhail, and Hunter McPhail; and great-granddaughters, Opal Jaycee Monroe McClure and Kendall Joy Lock. Dale also leaves behind his beloved friend, Boomer, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Our family would also like to thank Heartland Hospice and Derek for the excellent care they provided to him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the St. Mark's United Methodist Church Youth Program. Celebration of his life will be Saturday, January 24, 2:00pm, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Bethany. To share a memory or condolence, visit

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