Dale Truman Sechler died on Thursday, October 4, 2012, at his home in Columbia. He was born on November 30, 1926, in Pleasant Hope, Missouri to Sarah Edith Apperson and Alvin Truth Sechler. From 1945 to 1947 he served in the United States Army in the Philippines and graduated from the University of Missouri, earning a doctorate in Agronomy Crop Sciences in 1960.
Sechler was first employed by the Veterans Farm Training Program and then accepted a vocational agriculture high school teaching position in Louisiana. After receiving his doctorate he took a research position with the University of Florida in 1960. In 1967 he accepted a position with the United States Agency for International Development serving in India and later in Tunisia. He returned to the University of Missouri in 1969 and accepted a position as professor in the Agronomy Department as small grains breeder. He continued to perform research and teach at the University until his retirement in 1989 and designation as professor emeritus.
Sechler married Carol May Sherman on December 27, 1954. In addition to Mrs. Sechler, survivors include sister, Charlene Belden, daughters Teena Ligman and husband David, Lisa Sechler and husband Stephen Dolan, a son Mark Sechler and wife Carol, and a foster son Daniel Jaggers. Surviving grandchildren include Katherine Sherer and husband Randy, Luke and Megan Ligman, Benjamin and Caroline Sechler, Amalia, Mara, and Zina Dolan, and two great grandchildren, Kayden and Elsie Sherer.
Sechler was preceded in death by grandson Matthew Sechler and brother Chester Sechler.
Sechler was a member of Community United Methodist Church and Golden K Kiwanis Club. He was extensively involved in volunteer activities in Columbia including Meals on Wheels, the Columbia Food Bank and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
Visitation is planned for Sunday, October 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m. Memorials or donations can be made to the P.E.T. Project, 1908 Heriford Road, Columbia, MO 65202, or Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65202.