Dale developed a passion for uncovering relics and artifacts from Oklahoma's past, to the point of becoming the President of OAS in 1999, and later dig chairman.
Dale enjoyed working with the
As appearing in the OAS Trowel Notes Spring 2012
In Memoriam: Dale McHard
Veteran OAS leader Dale McHard, 78, died in January after a debilitating illness.
His legacy of public service, family man, Christian stalwart and skilled amateur archeologist will long be remembered.
Dale died Jan. 8, 2012. He is
survived by wife of 50 years, Mary McHard; a brother, Don McHard; and Dale and
Mary’s children, Dale Jr. and Janet, and their spouses. Dale had four
grandchildren, Elizabeth, Meredith, Ridge and William. Services were held Jan. 20 at
Dale possessed a quick sense of humor, and when the occasion arose, his dry wit was followed by a laugh cherished by his friends. His steady presence and enduring curiosity will be greatly missed.
A native of Blackwell, Dale spent
most of his career with the State of
Through his life, Dale supported Christian
Youthful military duty as an officer with the Ordinance Corp. and Corp. of Engineers prepared him for his years in the field, both with the state and while digging and directing the Oklahoma Anthropological Society.
He and Mary would drive their RV to the dig sites,
sometimes accompanied by Dale Jr.’s children, where they would work shoulder to
shoulder with archeologists and volunteers in recovering and preserving a
On OAS digs Dale could be found eagerly troweling away in a dirt square, taking shade under his signature Tilley Duck hat. He told anybody who asked, and a few who didn’t, that the hat would survive the ordeal of a trip through an elephant’s digestive system. How he knew that remained his secret.
Dale clearly had a passion for uncovering relics
and artifacts from
Dale had a special form of humor and laugh that we will miss particularly; we will miss his presence wholly.