Ronald “Dale” Minor

Ronald Dale Minor


minor, dale pic for folders and obitRonald Dale Minor, football player, husband, dad, teacher, coach, Grandpa and friend to numerous students, players and families passed peacefully after a nine year battle with cancer.

Dale was born in New Martinsville, West Virginia and was the tenth child of eleven brothers and sisters. His early education was spent in New Martinsville. By his sophomore year, his family had relocated to Louisville, Ohio where Dale excelled in football, basketball and track . He made All-State in all three sports.

In 1964, Dale was recruited by Southwestern Oklahoma State University to play as a linebacker for the Bull Dogs. He was a determined, aggressive, and an outstanding player. Under the leadership of Coach Delaporte, Dale is remembered as one of the legendary Bull Dogs’ finest players. Dale earned his Bachelor of Science in Education as well as Master’s Degree. He taught school for 35 years.

He and Nancy (Totten) were married in 1972. Dale was always an avid University of Oklahoma fan. Their sons Ryan and Damon were outstanding athletes for the University of Oklahoma. One of the highlights of his life was watching his boys play at OU and watching them play Major League Baseball for the Giants and Orioles organizations. His hobbies were woodworking, fishing (especially going on trips to Canada), and reading western books.

Dale loved life and will be missed. Dale is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy, of the home; Ryan and his wife Allyson and daughter, Reagan of Salisbury, Maryland; Damon and his wife Allison, and sons, Jackson and Easton of Sedan, Kansas; three sisters: Brenda Snider (Jeff) of Malvern, Ohio; Tootie Miller (Dale) of New Lima, Ohio; Wilma Adams (Don), Eddyville, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis Reed and Alberta (Castilow) Minor Anderson, two sisters: Norma Jean Sheets, Betty Ankrom, and five brothers: Kenneth, Charles, Bob, Pete, and Donnie Minor.

Services will be held Saturday, September 7th, at 2:00 p.m. in the A.G. Creach, Auditorium Hammon, OK. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to: Richard Megli Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 279, Hammon, OK 73650. Services are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Edmond, Okla.

6 thoughts on “Ronald “Dale” Minor”

  1. Marsha Baxter

    I am so sorry to hear of Dale’s passing. Prayer’s and hug’s to Nancy, Damon, Ryan and the rest of the family. Going to miss that guy. Marsha Cordray Baxter

  2. Bart Watkins

    I was so sad to hear about Dales passing. During our Traveler years he always had time for me. Nancy was so kind. I just wanted you to know we are praying for your family.
    Bart Watkins

  3. Kenneth Erickson

    I am very sorry to see this sad news. Dale was a special friend while at Southwestern during the 1960s. My thoughts & prayers to Dale’s family & friends. I regret we did not stay in touch more; Dale surprised me on a flight to or from Houston years ago, it was great to see him, as always. RIP special friend. Always, kenny

  4. I dated Dale when he went to Louisville High School. He was a polite and special guy. God bless and may he rest in peace till we see him again.

  5. Richard Yager

    Dale and I became close friends at Southwestern University. He was mr. TMOC, “top man on campus” , he was an awesome football player. One day at practice coach Morris, the head defensive coach said pair of for head on tackling drills. Dale chose me. I did my best but no match for Dale. Bloody nose and mouth, but I gained his respect and friendship, we even roomed together briefly. I read this morning in the Sunday Oklahoman that son Ryan died from a battle with cancer as Dale did. Ryan only 49. I last talked to Ryan O’Connels before a game. Many great memories my friend, I’ll miss ya.

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