Dale Kring passed away June 11, 2022, at the age of 92, surrounded by family and embraced by their love.
Dale was born July 25, 1929 to Milton and Aileen Kring and grew up in rural Douglas County outside Baldwin City, KS. He graduated from Baldwin High School and attended Emporia State University. In 1952, Dale joined the United States Army and served in Korea until 1954.
Dale met his future wife, Wanda Bolling, on a blind date where they were each setup with another. After finding each other’s company infinitely more compelling, they ditched their respective dates and went dancing together. On September 2, 1956, Dale and Wanda were married in Bronson, Kansas.
In 1961, Dale entered a partnership with Lou Parsons to open Parsons and Kring Floor Covering and later became the sole proprietor of Kring’s Interiors until his retirement in 1995, at which time his son, Brit, took over the business.
Dale always put family first, never more evident than the way that he, along with Wanda, was so effortlessly involved in the lives of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, rarely missing a sporting event or dance competition. Whether it was near or far, Grandma and Grandpa were always in the audience.
Dale’s kindness was never reserved for just his family. He touched the lives of many, never turning down an opportunity to help others with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Eager to serve his community in many ways, he was a faithful member of Centenary United Methodist Church, coached a youth softball team for several years, developing a bond with a group he affectionately dubbed, “his girls”. Dale could hardly walk down the street without bumping into someone he knew or striking up a conversation with a stranger, even when far from home cheering on the Jayhawks in the Orange Bowl. Dale’s other interests included supporting the Chiefs, Royals and K-State Wildcats basketball, as well as playing cards, golfing, reading, and traveling the globe.
Dale is survived by his wife Wanda, their children, Brit (Lisa) Kring and Kayla Kula, his sister, Beverly Cates, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Aileen Kring, brothers James Milton Kring, Emmett Kring and sisters Elizabeth Shuck and Lynette Martin.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25, 4pm, Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday, June 24, 6 to 7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be submitted to Centenary United Methodist Church or LMH Health Foundation to be applied to the Cancer Center initiative in care of, Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence KS 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Wanda and family,
You have my heartfelt condolences. Dale was such a loving, fun person. You were a couple to always be admired. I know you will miss him terribly, but what great memories you have. Peace be with you all.
Mary Kay Howe
Wanda, I’m so sorry to hear of Dales passing. I’ll hold you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you.
Wanda, Kayla and Brit…
We are thinking of you upon the loss of Dale. He was a wonderfully kind and genuine person. We are both glad to have known him.
Our sympathy to his family.
Kenny and Chris Johnson
Dear Wanda and family. Thinking of you at this time. We always enjoyed Dale and his friendly smile. Prayers and hugs
Dear Wanda and family, Thoughts and prayer to you and yours. Dale was one of a kind, and he will be missed. His passing has left a hole that will be felt for oh so many, A man that had a smile on his face and the twinkle in his eyes. Please know that I am thinking of you and yours.
Wanda, Kayla, and Brit,
Dale demonstrated the good qualities of a Christian man: loving and caring, helpful and patient, kind-hearted and gracious, trustworthy and honest—as starters! What a joy to be your neighbors for a short time and I regret that these “senior years” did not include more times together. His crown in heaven will be filled with gems of righteous living. My love and friendship to all of you.
To the Kring family, so sorry to read about your loss. Our thoughts are with you all. I’ll bet he and Harold are having coffee together.
Wanda, Brit, and Kayla,
Very sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family.
Wanda & Family
We are so sorry to hear about Dale’s death. He was such a special man. You had a beautiful life and marriage. It was our pleasure to know and love Dale. May God truly bless you during this sad time. Dee & Tom Jerome
My parents, Lyle & Louise Weeks (now deceased) both knew and appreciated Krings business for their own home rugs and some of Dad’s houses and projects. The last time I took Mom to Krings for a new rug for a remodeled room, I was so thankful for the good friendship and kind help Mom received from your family. The folks always recommend Krings to others as well giving good comments about the fine family honesty, and quality of service. A humble “thank you” from us. Vince, Dave, & Elizabeth
Wanda and family, Dennis and I were so sad to hear of Dale’s passing. We shared some good memories of our times together from way back in 1969 when we came to Lawrence and you were our landlords to Dennis coaching Douglas County baseball with Dale to eventually living in the same neighborhood. Dale will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Wanda, prayers are with you and family in the loss of Dale, he was a special person with a smile always , loved the bridge games we shared love to you and family
Wanda, so sorry to read this in the paper.
I’ve known Dale for many years. Thinking of you at this most difficult time.
Dear sweet Wanda- Sally and I send our love to you and your family. Dale was so wonderful. I can’t imagine how hard this will be for you. We are here for you and anything you need. Our sympathies to your entire family.
Wanda, when thinking of you and Dale, the only thing that comes to mind is happiness and smiles. May you find peace and solace in your memories of Dale.
Wanda, Brit, Kayla and families,
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Dale was an incredible guy that we all have wonderful memories of. His beautiful smile will be missed!
Wanda, Brit, Kayla, and family,
My deepest sympathy. Dale was a very special person and will be truly missed by many people. I have lots of fond memories of Dale and the things he did to help others. There was never a youth or church event where he wasn’t helping out. I’ll always remember the twinkle in his eye, his smile, and laugh. You could always see the joy he had for his family and service to the Lord. May you find comfort during this difficult time.
Wanda, I’m so sorry. I’m keeping you and your family in my prayers.
So sorry for your loss, he was a great man. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family
Wanda, Britt & family, we are saddened by the news and wish your family peace in the coming days. Dale left a mark on so many. It was an honor to know & work with him for so many years. From the Lechtenberg ES Lighting family, our deepest sympathy.
Wanda and family, Dale was so friendly with a twinkle in his eyes. We have good memories. Dale will be missed. We are sending our love. Jack & Phyllis
Wanda, Brit and Kayla,
I am sending thoughts and prayers to each of you. Dale was a special person. I have a lot of fond memories of our times together at church. I never saw him without a smile on his face.
Wanda, I’m so sorry for your loss. Dale was such a friendly always happy gentleman. My prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family.
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