Dale E. Pence, 86, of West Manchester, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at the Vancrest Health Care Center, Eaton.
He was born July 19, 1926 in Eaton, to the late Raymond and Flora (Kirkhoff) Pence. He was a U.S. Army Veteran whose served in WWII; was an American Legion Third District Commander for two different terms; was founder of the Preble County Honor Guard; was a member of the American Legion, Eaton; was a member of AMVETS Post #726, Eldorado; was a member of the V.F.W. Post #4161, Arcanum; and was a member of the West Manchester United Methodist Church.
Dale was a longtime Preble County farmer; he also worked for the village of West Manchester as a civil worker; and lastly worked at the Preble County Fairgrounds.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Julia M. Pence, and his second wife Judith C. Pence; and sister Esther Cornwell.
He is survived by his sons Dennis (Mary) Pence of Bloomington, Indiana and Ernie (Barbara) Pence, West Manchester; stepsons Chris (Renea) Smith of Eaton, and Michael Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister Jean Bailey of Eaton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, with Pastor Terry Campbell officiating. Burial followed in Mound Hill Cemetery in Eaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.gsbfuneralhome.com.