He was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Clay County, the son of Raymond and Lela Baker Shidler.
He graduated from Coalmont High School and continued his education at Purdue University, where he obtained a Bachelors degree in agriculture.
On April 19, 1964, he married Shirley Ann Schopmeyer. She survives.
He was a lifelong member of the Briley Chapel Church and served as a deacon. Dale had always been a farmer and in 1967, he started Howesville Farm Service. He was a man who loved his business and was active in the daily operation of the company until the past few weeks.
Dale was himself a member of 4-H and he continued to be supportive of the local 4-H youth programs. He also was a member of The Gideons. He was a devoted family man and he enjoyed traveling and sharing those experiences with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Loretta Shidler Ellis.
Survivors include his wife Shirley, children Thad Shidler and wife Trisha, Clay City, Tara Shidler, New Albany, and Treg Shidler and wife Meghan, Clay City, grandchildren Abby Shidler, Alek Shidler and Olivia Jo Shidler, brother Larry Shidler, and sister Vinita McCullough and husband Eldon, nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Services will take place Thursday, at 1 p.m., at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, with lifelong friend, Sherman Reed, officiating.
Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m., and again Thursday one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers will include Eric Moody, Andy Gilbert, Ben Dayhoff, Brock Megenhardt, Keith Edwards, Klay Knox and Alek Shidler.
The family suggests that memorial contributions should be directed to The Gideons. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Light a candle in his memory at www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com