MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Dale Harold Smith, 86, of Mount Sterling, died at 8:35 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 8, 2012) in the Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care in Mount Sterling.
He was born June 20, 1926, in Elmira, a son of Abe Lewis and Elsie Simmons Smith. He married Norma J. Smith on Jan. 10, 1946, in Mount Sterling, and she survives.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II
and the Korean War
having served his country in the U. S. Army
for over 22 years, retiring in 1971 with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Dale was a recipient of the Bronze Star
Medal and two awards of the Combat Infantryman's Badge. Mr. Smith then worked for General Telephone for over 15 years before retiring.
He attended Brown County Schools.
Mr. Smith was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Mount Sterling. He was also a member of Mount Sterling American Legion Post 374 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Dale also enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Smith of Mount Sterling; four children, Terry Smith and his wife, Carol, of Menomonee Falls, Wisc., Ronald E. Smith and his wife, Ivanka, of Mount Sterling, John Smith of Antioch and Cathleen Koch and her husband, Jerry, of Mount Sterling; 10 grandchildren, Shelly Thiessen, Terry Dale Smith, Lisa Harper, Sarah Smith, Monica Heffernan, Michelle Stansky, Karla Koch, Elizabeth Ormond, Tracy Koch and Tyler Koch; 17 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Allena Phillips and Bernice Smith; and two brothers, Lozelle and Raymond Smith.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Family Catholic Church, Mount Sterling, with the Rev. Thomas Henseler and the Rev. Steve Thompson conducting. Burial will be in Mount Sterling Catholic Cemetery. A military service will be conducted at the graveside.
VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Hendricker Funeral Home, Mount Sterling
MEMORIALS: Heritage Health, Therapy and Senior Care Activity Fund or charity of donor's choice.
ARRANGEMENTS: Hendricker Funeral Home, Mount Sterling.
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