EUREKA - Dale Eugene Erdman, age 84, of Eureka, Ill., passed away at 8:07 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
He was born on April 26, 1929, in Chenoa, Ill., to William Christian and Henrietta Louise (Schwager) Erdman. He married Judith Louise Kuerth on June 6, 1959, in Bloomington, Ill. She survives.
Surviving are three children, Nancy (Patrick) Ryan of Metamora, Douglas (Susan) Erdman of Rossville, Ind., and Lori (Gary) Hatalla of Manteno, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Morgan Ryan, Haley Hatalla, Michelle Erdman, Samuel Ryan, Jennifer Erdman, Natalie Hatalla, Audrey and Erin Ryan and Austin Erdman; and three brothers, Verne Erdman of Meadows, Ill., and Myron (Neta) Erdman and Ronnie (Dorothy) Erdman, both of Chenoa, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
Dale graduated from Chenoa High School. He was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1947 to 1949, then was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
Early on, he farmed and then became an agricultural salesman for A.O. Smith Harvester in Effingham, Ill. He was an onsite engineer for Snell Brothers John Deere and Truss Slater Building Company, both in Virden, Ill.
He enjoyed being a lifeguard and taking care of the pool and watching his grandchildren swim and was a Cubs fan.
He and his wife were lifelong and faithful members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Girard, Ill. He loved the Lord and the example he set for his family is his greatest legacy.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eureka, Ill., with Pastor Joe Burns officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014, in Chenoa Township Cemetery in Chenoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eureka.
Online condolences may be made at www.masonfuneralhomes.com.