Dale Allen Meader


Our Gyro King, Dale Allen Meader, peacefully passed to live with his maker in Heaven on Sept. 18, 2017. Born March 11, 1939, Dale was gentle, kind and a true gentleman with witty humor.

Dale lived a life of wonder and many opportunities. He attended Billings Senior High before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a proud Amerian and a loyal patriot throughout his life. He attended Eastern Montana College.

Dale dreamed of becoming an actor and was a charter member of Billings Studio Theater in his teens. He studied drama in Hollywood, Calif., in 1961; then returned to Billings. 

Dale met and married Patricia Clevenger on May 17, 1963. They joined the Black Hills Passion Play and Dale was cast as John, the Beloved Disciple, traveling to South Dakota and Florida during theater season. Returning to Hollywood, he joined I.A.T.S.E. Local 33 Union (a miracle), working in television and theater. His highlight was working stage at the 38th Academy Awards in 1966.

In 1967 he returned to his Montana roots to start family life. Dale started M&M Trucking, became a realtor and an insurance agent. He spent time at Northern Montana Youth Ranch in Whitewater, Mont., as a foster partent.

In 1989 the family moved to Lewistown and created I Love Gyros of Montana, a mobile business selling delicious Greek foods. He traveled to nine states and Canada with the help of Patti, their kids and grandkids. What a fun time for 28 years!

Dale was an avid reader. He loved 50s music, beautiful sunsets, majestic mountains and bluebirds. He was a great encourager to all: “Just do it, you can.”

Dale and Patti loved to travel together. Their last trip was to Egypt, where Dale’s junior high school dream came true. 

He is survived by the loves of his life: wife of 54 years, Patti; son Scot (Joy) Meader of Missoula; daughter Cami (Fred) Manus of Livingston; grandchildren Joshau (Rylee), Jesse (Torena), Shelby (Cody), Logan and Britany; great-grandsons Keenan and Syrius; brother Jim (Marge) Meader of Billings and many loving family members and friends.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Amelia (Janich) Meader; his brother Jerry W. Meader, and his precious granddaughter, Baby Autumn.

All of us on this side of Heaven are so sad and miss you. Ps:23. 

A private family celebration of Dale’s life will be held at a later date in the Bull Mountains at the Janich homestead. 

Those wishing to make memorials in Dale’s honor may send contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) or the Rocky Mountain Fisher House for veterans in Denver, Colorado (rockymountainfisherhouse.org).



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