After bravely battling lung cancer and other serious health issues, Allen Dale (Geezer) Chaffee, 73, of Kansas City, Kansas left us on 3/4/22. Several of his children and grandchildren were at his side during his final days, and his last moments were spent with his sister, Tricia. Dale was born in Brookfield, Missouri, to Claude Harrison (Harry) and Aldena Mae Chaffee. The family left the farm in northern Missouri for the Kansas City area when Dale was still a toddler. They lived in Merriam, Kansas until 1958 when the family purchased a home in Shawnee, Kansas.
By the time Dale was 12, he was earning extra money by selling the beautiful tomatoes that he raised while working in the family garden. The work ethic, first demonstrated by his parents, sustained him throughout his life, whether as a manufacturer’s sales representative, an entrepreneur with an office cleaning company or a locksmith working with his son, David.
Dale’s life was rooted in his Christian beliefs. He was a member of First Nodaway Primitive Baptist Church in Savannah, Missouri. He also regularly attended Brush Creek and Salem churches. Dale described church as the place where he felt most at home, and it was the memories of time spent with fellow Christians and listening to the scriptures that brought him peace when struggling with the pain of lung cancer.
Dale loved history and this great American experiment. He was passionate about the importance of individual liberties and mindful of the inherent responsibilities that accompany such liberties. He devoted the last years of his life to working for political candidates and causes, like the Fair Tax, that he believed would help future generations.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Aldena Chaffee; his sister Claudia Hunt and his granddaughter, Lindsay Michael.
Dale is survived by a large family: Sons David Chaffee and wife Mindy of Olathe, Kansas and John Chaffee and wife Carol of Omaha, Nebraska.
Daughters, Laura Gottlieb and husband Chris of Mooresville, NC and Sandra Perkins of Hundred, WV.
Grandsons, Eric Chaffee, Nathan Perkins, and Tyler Maughan.
Granddaughters, Elizabeth Burroughs, Emily Gottlieb, Caroline Gottlieb, Allison Gottlieb, Kalyn Chaffee, Hannah Smith, Erin Weers, Becca Rohrer and 9 great grandchildren.
Sister, Tricia Osgood and husband Darrell of Raytown, MO.
His paternal aunts, Verla Ford of New Cambria MO and Sue Williams of Macon, MO.
Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A graveside ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2022, 1:00 p.m. at Johnson County Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave. O.P. KS 66210. The family invites everyone to a reception at the Hyatt Place 6801 West 112th Street O.P. KS, 66211, immediately following the services.
In lieu of flowers, donations to help pay for funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated by his children, David, Laura, Sandra and John.