I might be related to this family. I have my gg-grandfather's brother, Hiram Alexander, who passed away in 1877 in Smith, Smith County, Kansas. I don't have any information on a wife or children. I'm looking at a map of Kansas and it's possible that your Dale is one of his descendents. Hiram was born in Ohio, but moved to Beatrice, Nebraska with his family in 1858.
Looking at the map, Beatrice isn't all that far away from Smith. Cherokee County is a bit further from Beatrice, but it's still conceivable.
I'd appreciate knowing Dale's lineage.