Roy Dale Back, 84 of Columbus, Kan. died at 7:06 a.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Medicalodge of Columbus.

He was born February 15, 1927 in Oswego, Kan., the son of Tom and Ethel (Meadows) Back.

He attended area schools and graduated from the CCCHS with the class of 1944.

In May of 1944 he enlisted in the Merchant Marines where he was honorably discharged in May of 1945. He then enlisted in the US Army from May 1945 until October 1946.

On February 22, 1945 he was united in marriage to Mardeen Elliott in Miami, Okla.; she survives him of the home.

Dale was a machinist by trade and worked for Vickers in Joplin, RGS Engineering in Joplin, Ace Electric Columbus and the Parsons Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons.

He was a member of the Center Christian Church of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bobby Dale Back; a brother, Max Back and a sister Wilma Orr.

Additional survivors include two sons, Gregg Back and wife Jan of Oswego, Stephen Back and wife Angie of Pittsburg; a daughter, Cathy Craig of Frontenac; three brothers, Dean Back of Austin, Texas, Ernest Back of Salem, Ore. and Stanley Back of Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren, Shawn Craig of Joplin, Bryan Back of Oswego, Matthew Back of Joplin, Jordan Back of Oswego, Tom Back of Springfield, Mo., Tanner Back of Pittsburg, Carrie Back of Texas, Jordan Redd of Pittsburg and Britney Redd of Emporia, Kan.; five great grandchildren, Duncan Craig and Jack Craig both of Joplin, Owyn Back and Gwyn Back both of Oswego and Keegan Back of Springfield, Mo.

Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Tom Goettel officiating. Private burial will take place in the Park Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be made to the Center Christian Church; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home 611 S. East Ave, Columbus, KS 66725.