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MT. VERNON-A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sheldon Cemetery for Howard Udene Dale, 93, Mt. Vernon, who died April 20, 2013, at the Missouri Veterans Home, where he had been a resident for the past eight years.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Sheldon Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.


The obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at www.ferryfuneralhome.com.


Survivors include a daughter, Lin Gray; a son, Jim Dale, and three granddaughters, Sydney, Jessi and Chloe Dale.


He was preceded in death by a son, Frank Dale; a grandson, Scott Crothers; a brother, Robert Dale and three sisters, Gladys Wisehart, Irene Cooper and twin sister Helen Sommerville.


Mr. Dale was reared in Vernon County on the family farm of his parents, Isaac Francis “Frank” and Anna Dale. He graduated from Nevada High School in 1938 and earned a degree in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He was a stockman and farmer, having raised White Faced Herford and Black Angus cattle and Missouri Hampshire’s, as well as growing all the crops to feed his livestock on Dale Farms near Milo. He was a GI teacher after the war, a carpenter, an engine mechanic, a Sheldon School board member, Boy Scout troop leader and Sunday school teacher. His plan to become a farm animal veterinarian while attending MU was interrupted by World War II.


He served in the US Army as a medical corpsman, 1st Medical Squadron, First Calvary Division with General Douglas MacArthur in the South Pacific from October 16, 1942 until after war’s end in September 25, 1945. Battles and campaigns against the Japanese included New Guinea, Bismark Archipelago, Southern Philippines and Battle of Luzon, to name a few. Decorations and citations included the Philippine Libration Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars and Good Conduct Medal.


After the war he continued to farm and raise livestock, as well as working 25 years as a rural letter carrier for the US Postal Service. He married Evalyn Jo Willsey of Metz in 1945 and they spent 45 years together.


He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, the Baptist Church and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (WVF) local lodge. He retired from his civil service position and farming to pursue a second career in real estate.

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