Dale Raymond Egy, affectionately known as “Uncle” to everyone who loved him, died at his home in rural Newton on Dec. 17, 2022. Uncle was born Sept. 3, 1955, to Mildred Edna Zimmerman and Cecil Raymond Egy.
Uncle attended and graduated from Hesston High School in 1972. After graduation, Uncle would work at the Colonial House Restaurant in Hesston where his love for cooking would grow and his dream of pursuing culinary school would begin. Uncle would eventually go back to the farm to help the family, putting his dreams on hold.
In 1975, Uncle would move to live with his sister Linda on the Budde Family Farm northeast of Newton. It was there that Uncle would help raise not only thousands of pigs but also the three Budde girls. Though Uncle never had children of his own, he would play an integral role in shaping and molding the lives of Michelle, Mindy, and Carrie. More than just an uncle in their lives, he would provide the stability and love needed during the hard days on a working farm. He supported them in all of their activities and was someone they could always count on. If the girls were at the Harvey County Fair, so was Uncle. For more than 30 years Uncle would give his time helping in the 4-H food stand, cooking French Fries for the demolition derby, serving pork chops during the livestock auction and helping shape young 4-Hers wherever there was a need.
Those who love Uncle will remember him as being kind and ornery. He was a fabulous cook and someone that was always there, no matter the occasion. He was hard working, but also liked to have fun. His great nieces and nephews looked forward to the times that Uncle was the babysitter. Uncle was the best part of everyone’s village and it didn’t matter whether you were related to him by blood, because if you were lucky enough to know him, he would soon become your favorite Uncle, too, without even trying.
Survivors include his sisters, Phyllis Wood and Vada (Robert) Strattan; nieces and nephews Terry Dunham (David), Vickie Wood, Debra Berzes, Barry Strattan, Scott Strattan, James Mosiman, Mindy Budde (Clint) and Carrie Budde-White (Chris); great nieces and nephews Erin Mosiman (Brian), Justin Mosiman (Maddi), Cody White, Courtney White and Jacob Budde.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Linda Budde; niece, Michelle Mosiman and a great-great niece, Brooklyn Boegel.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, with the family greeting friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 23, at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church with Pastor Donna Voteau officiating.
Memorials may be made to Walton Rural Life Center.