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Milton Grover Dale, 87, of Sedalia, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Bothwell Regional Health Center.
Funeral services will be Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10 a.m. at McLaughlin Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Sutherlin officiating. Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens, with full military honors. Pallbearers will be Robert Bond, Senator James L. Mathewson, Bill Dale, John W. Dale, Charles R. Dale and Christopher Buchanan. There will be no visitation.
Born April 5, 1924 in Dockery, MO, he was the son of the late William Grover and Bertha Smith Dale. On July 7, 1947 in Independence, MO, he was married to Rosemary Farris, who preceded him in death. He is survived by two sons, William F. Dale, of Sedalia and Charles R. Dale, of Houston, TX; one daughter, Mary Margaret Dale, of Sedalia; and one grandchild, John W. Dale, of Alexandria, VA. He was also preceded in death by a brother; one sister; and a son, James Milton Dale, who was killed in action in Vietnam on November 20, 1969.
Mr. Dale was a 1941 graduate of Richmond High School, and attended Business College in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, serving as a machinistís mate on the U.S President Jackson, APA-18. He landed seven island invasions, first wave. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic Pacific-6 stars, Philippine Liberation-1star, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal. He worked for Pittsburgh Corning for many years. Pitts burgh Corning sent him to State Fair Community College in 1974, where he earned a certificate in Supervision and Management. He was a longtime and devoted member of First Christian Church, Sedalia. Milton was a Gold Star Father, and with his family took part in the wreath laying ceremonies at the Pettis County Courthouse and Crown Hill Cemetery. On October 28, 2008, Milton went on an Honor Fight to Washington D.C., and considered it to be a high point in his life. Memorial contributions are suggested to Pettis County Honor Flight, in care of McLaughlin Funeral Chapel.
August 26, 2011, 10:00 a.m.
McLaughlin Funeral Chapel
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