E.R. Dalrymple was born July 26, 1930, in Rock Port, Missouri, to Elton Ray Dalrymple and Lillian Hackl Dalrymple. He passed away September 2, 2021, from complications suffered from a fall a few days earlier.
E.R. graduated from Rock Port High School in 1948 after enjoying a high school career filled with sports, music, and good friends. He was an active member of the baseball, basketball, and track teams. His love of music led him to sing in choirs and play trombone in the school band. He attended Tarkio College and graduated with a B.Ed. in 1952. He married Maxine Cooper later that year, and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage until her passing. He began his teaching career in Watson, Missouri. The following year he returned to Rock Port as high school principal and was later named superintendent. He received his M.Ed. at the University of Nebraska in 1956. These were among the happiest years of his life, proudly encouraging students from his hometown. A few years later, his daughter Ann Marie was born. Also, he and his group of lifelong friends played baseball, formed a dance band, and sang in a quartet for many years. Their quartet, The Jesters, performed at weddings, funerals, county fairs, hospitals, and a few piano bars. They made an agreement that the surviving members would sing at the funerals of those lost. They remained close friends, and E.R. was the last surviving member.
The family moved to Columbia in 1969 so that E.R. could complete his D.Ed. the following year. They moved to West Plains, Missouri, in 1970 after E.R. was named as superintendent of schools. From 1975 to 1977 he served in a dual role as president of Linn Technical College and superintendent of schools of the Linn R-2 district. In 1977 he was named as superintendent of schools in Warrensburg, Missouri, and to the same post in the Willard, Missouri, district in 1979. He enjoyed the professional challenges and opportunities of serving larger districts with each of his moves.
After retiring from public education, E.R. joined a friend in forming Villa Park Realty and relished learning about the industry. But his love of education and working with educators led him to the Missouri Federation of Teachers where he worked as a staunch advocate for classroom teachers across the state until his retirement.
E.R. was active in the communities he served. He was involved in countless endeavors of charity and church including leadership in building a new church in his hometown and in the formation of Springfield Lutheran School. He worked hard, but working alongside him just felt like fun. In fact, just being around him made everything more entertaining. His sense of humor was legendary, his wit quick and sharp. He loved people and enjoyed playing golf and cards (especially pitch and poker).
Later in life, Dr. Dalrymple added another title to his resume . . . Grandpa! There was no greater joy in his life than the companionship of his grandson Alex. Grandpa never missed a game, a concert, a chance to chauffeur Alex, or play cards with him. They enjoyed a special bond, and each had a profound impact on the other.
E.R. was a loyal friend, a supportive parent, and a steadfast encourager. His boundless energy and incredibly positive attitude impacted those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He regularly kept in touch with many friends and former students across the country. He always wanted to hear how they were doing and to ask if there was anything he could do for them. In his final years he shared golden dollars with almost everyone he encountered, greeting them with a smile and telling them the coin would bring them good luck.
E.R. was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Lillian Dalrymple; his wife, Maxine Dalrymple; and his siblings, A.J., Charles, and Elizabeth Taylor. He is survived by his daughter Ann Marie Baker, her husband Clate, and their son Alex, all of Springfield.
Graveside service and inurnment will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Hunter Cemetery, Rock Port. There is no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Tomorrow Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1415 South Holland, Springfield, MO 65807. Services were held September 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Springfield, under the direction of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield. Online condolences may be left at https://www.gormanscharpf.com/obituary/dr-elton-dalrymple-jr.