Dale' wife had passed away, and he had been living alone before rescuing Andrea and Amy when the zombie apocalypse occurred. After, he grows to care for the two sisters as if they were family. He is the wise elder among Rick and Shane's group of survivors.
You walk outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breath and you risk your life. You don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.