Dale Ray States, 84, died June 1, 2012, with his family by his side in Chandler, Ariz.
States was born Dec., 22, 1927, in Buffalo, to John and Vada States. At an early age, Dale became fascinated with airplanes, earning his Student Pilot Permit on Feb. 1, 1947. After several years of providing flight instruction out of the Lawrence, Kan., airport, he was hired by Mid-Continent Airlines which operated out of Kansas City. In 1952, Mid-Continent Airlines merged with Braniff International Airlines and in 1961, Dale and his family were transferred from Lawrence to Dallas Texas where he remained with Braniff until 1983 as Vice President of Flight Operations. Dale was a pioneer in aviation and had the unique experience of flying through the growth and progression of the airline and aviation industry. He initially qualified on DC 3’s and Convairs, advancing through the years to the Boeing 727’s, 737’s, 747’s as well as others, culminating his aviation experience as a test pilot and Captain of the Supersonic Concorde.
Dale is survived by his wife of 61 years, Maxine Lindley States, and his daughter DaleAnn States, both now residing in Chandler, Ariz.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 8 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel. Services will be held at the Buffalo United Methodist Church on Saturday at 10 a.m. followed by a graveside service at Buffalo Cemetery.
The family requests that donations be made to the FireEscape Coffee House, a Youth Ministry which was started in 1998 to¬†provide a safe and fun environment for high school and college age youth in the Chanute and Southeast Kansas area. Donations can be left at the funeral home or sent to the FireEscape Coffee House at P.O. Box 65, Chanute, KS 66720.