M:. W:. Delmus R. “Dale” Morrow
Delmus R. “Dale” Morrow was born in Ozark, Arkansas in the waning days of the 1950’s. Having grown up on a “grade A” dairy farm, he embraced hard work and long hours at an early age.
He was in 4-H, and held several offices including president. Dale pursued several vocational
technical courses in high school, including electronics, refrigeration, machine shop, and building construction. He excelled in electronics and worked part time in several local TV shops and radio stations.
Dale was employed by RCA (Radio Corporation of America) as an electronics technician in Little Rock, Arkansas, receiving training in several disciplines including digital telephone switching. He relocated to RCA’s Wichita branch in the mid 1980’s as a PBX installer and telephone maintenance technician, and gained experience in robotics, television signal distribution in large buildings, and large scale audio public address systems. General Electric purchased RCA, eliminating 50 percent of RCA’s Wichita workforce including Dale’s position.
Dale joined Wheat State Telephone in Udall Kansas as a two-way radio technician, repairing and maintaining their overland microwave system, cable television system, and mobile telephone system. He became their Central Office Supervisor, with responsibility over telephone switching, programming, carrier, and fiber optics operations.
Active in his community, Dale was a part time police officer for the City of Udall, Ks., completing the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center’s Part Time Police Officer Academy in 1995 and serving as sergeant until 2001. A past president of Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary, he was active on the Cowley County Fire District IV, serving as Captain, and achieving Firefighter I and Emergency Medical Technician certification. He completed many fire science courses, including Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, and Radiation Monitoring.
Dale was president of the Midwest DCO (Digital Central Office) Users Group, a multistate telephone technical group, for five years. He was selected as chairman of 316-620 Area Code split Technical Committee by the Kansas Telephone Industry Association.
He continued his education with many technical schools and certification classes, maintaining a 4.0 GPA for computer science classes at Cowley County Community College and Wichita State University. He is employed by Spirit Aerosystems Inc. of Wichita, Kansas as a Tooling Team Leader in support of the Boeing 737 fuselage manufacture Integration processes. Dale is involved in the multidiscipline “Mechatronics” which combines computer controlled motion, programming, networking, hydraulics, pneumatics, mechanics, and precision measurement to automate assembly processes.
Brother Dale was raised a Master Mason in Belle Plaine Lodge No. 173 in November of 1999. Having served in every office in that lodge, he served as Worshipful Master in 2004, 2008, and again in 2012. Dale is also a Charter member of Tuscan Lodge 460, and Past Master in 2016.
Brother Dale served as District Deputy Grand Master of District 25 for two years, and was Area Deputy Grand Master of Area 5 in 2013. He has served the Grand Lodge as Grand Sword Bearer and Chairman of the Lodges and Buildings Committee and Chairman of the Masonic Education Committee.
Brother Dale earned his “B” proficiency in November 2000, his “A” proficiency in August 2013, and his passed his “Masters” and “Unlimited” on the same day in March 2014. He was presented with the “Master Ritualist” jewel at the 2014 Annual Communication. Brother Dale was also presented with the “Distinguished Service Medal”, at the 2014 Annual Communication Banquet, one of three issued in that award’s inaugural year. He was appointed Assistant Grand Lecturer in 2015 and Grand Lecturer in 2016.
Brother Dale enjoys many interests and hobbies including, astronomy, amateur radio, camping, fishing, hunting, computer repair and upgrading, and computer programming. He and
his wife of 19 years, Sherrell, reside in rural Cowley County near Udall. He has four children, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild with another on the way. He is a member
of Midian Shrine, Wichita Valley of the Scottish Rite and the Salina York Rite.