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Dale Stanford

veteranAug 15th, 1948 - Nov 28th, 2017

​Funeral:  ​11 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home with military honors presented at the conclusion of the service

Visitation:  2-5 p.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Frank & Bright Funeral Home



     Dale Stanford, age 69, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at Clay County Hospital in Flora.

     Dale was born August 15, 1948, in Flora, the son of the late Roger Eugene Stanford and the late Alva Joyce Benskin.  He married Joan Miller on September 4, 1983, in Clinton, New Jersey.

     He was a 1966 graduate of Clay City High School.  Dale retired from the U.S. Army in 1974, having served in Vietnam and Germany.  He earned certificates in heating and air for tractor trailer reefers and in diesel mechanics.  He worked for himself, driving a truck for Stanford Transporters.  Dale was a member of the American Legion, VFW, NMN Club, and Chapter 32 International Tractor Club.  He attended McCabe General Baptist Church and was an expert at identifying country music songs.  Dale was passionate about working on, showing, and talking about his tractors, including his M and H Farmall models, his Farmall Super A, and an International 806, as well as 3 Case tractors, and another he was hoping to begin restoring soon. He was a NASCAR enthusiast and also a collector of diecast toys, including trucks, tractors, and road equipment.

     He is survived by his wife: Joan Stanford of Flora; a sister: Colene Wood of Riverton and her son, Casey Jay Wood and daughter, Kassie Joetta Wood and granddaughter Harper; the children of Dale’s late brother, Bradley Stanford: Bradley Allen Stanford, Crystal Lynn Lancaster, and Amber Jo Stanford; brother: Perry (Kathy) Stanford of Flora and his family; brother: Donald Stanford of Clay City and his family; an aunt: Marjorie Murbarger of Clay City and her family; sister-in-law: Kathleen Miller of Rock Hills, SC; brother-in-law: Edward (Susan) Miller of High Bridge, NJ, and their sons Brian Miller and Craig (Paula) Miller, and their daughters Ashlyn and Addison; brother-in-law: Donald (Nancy) Miller of Califon, NJ, and their daughter Christina Herndon; along with many cousins of Dale and Joan.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother: Bradley.

     A funeral service for Dale Stanford will be held 11 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home, Flora, with military honors presented at the conclusion of the service.  A visitation will be held Sunday afternoon from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to Clay County Cancer Crusaders who will share the donations with Crossroads Cancer Center, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence, visit


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John Tolliver

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Velma Speagle

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Aaron Kurtz

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Sharon David

November 29th

Joan , we sure will miss him. My heart and prayers go out to you. Dale had a good heart. He cherished our family heritage mementos. He was very strong and always had a smile. I know he is telling Grandma and Granddad hi.

Steve & Gayla Karns

November 30th

To the family sorry for your loss

Erica Walden

November 30th

I was saddened to hear of Dale's passing. However, I am thankful for our conversations lately. Hugs and prayers Joan!

Steve and Betty Stanford

November 30th

Thoughts and prayers

Darla and Richard Fryburger

November 30th

Prayers being sent to him and his family IAM so sorry for your my God wrap his arms around the family

Sally Neville

November 30th

I am so sorry Joan. He will be missed by many. You are in my prayers

Rick Weiler

November 30th

Class of '66 will miss him. He was a great guy and big supporter of our class. Prayers to family.

Alan and Doris Weiler

November 30th

Deepest condolences to the family.

Tressa and Stuart Hamilton

November 30th

Dale was a good man with a caring heart. He will be sadly missed. Prayers to the family for your loss


November 30th


Roberta Schnepper

November 30th

Sorry for your loss.

Glenda Cooper

November 30th

My dear pretty lady I am so sorry to hear he passed away. I enjoyed waiting on you and him when I worked at Tammy Joes and seeing you at Caseys. I totally enjoyed picking on him he was a joy to be around. God Bless you and be with you.

Sandy Kraft

November 30th

Joan..sympathy to you and the entire family. Dale had just called me 2 weeks ago bringing me up to date on his health issues. He said he was feeling good and very positive with his ongoing treatments. I am so shocked with his passing.

Robert A. (Bob) Lewis

November 30th

Joan, I am so sorry for your lose. Dale always had time for me and many others, he was always willing to converse on any subject that might come to mind, He will be missed! God Bless!

John & Julie Dehart

December 1st

Dale was such a good person. I was priveliged to have known him.

Dave Lewis

December 1st

So sorry to hear about Dale. You have my sincere sympathy and friendship. With love, Dave Lewis

Russell and Denise Anderson

December 1st

So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time.

Delbert & Becky Rodgers

December 1st

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Brenda Hohlbauch Ragan

December 2nd

So sorry for your lost. Prayers for all the family.

Tyler & Susan Schroeder

December 3rd

Joan, Susan and I are very sad for your loss of Dale. He was a great guy to kid around with. He will be missed a lot.

Wes & Cheryl Miller

December 3rd

Joan, You have our sincere sympathy. Dale was a CCHS graduate and classmate and friend. He was a true joy and we count it a special gift to have known him.

To the Family of Dale

December 3rd

Our deepest sorrow when we heard that Dale had passed away. Will miss talking to Dale about IH tractors. May God give you comfort. Fred & Tonna Percical

Darel Britton

December 4th

Dale always knew you where ever you were, always friendly, and always had a smile.

Sherry Thomas

December 6th

I'm very saddened to see you passed but I know you are in a much better place, I will miss you coming in to Casey's in Louisville and giving me a hard time about my love for John Deere Tractors. I remember our first conversation in 2010 I had said that I was going to have a son and his bed set was John Deere, you laughed at me and said you were going to get him a red tractor for him room lol. I said it wouldn't look right. But know you are gone I think I will go get one. and put your name on it. Sure miss you. Sherry.



Sharon David
Larry Frost
Bill & Kay Kitley
Perry and Kathy
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Brenda Rinehart
Neal & Janet Fehrenbacher
Dennis & Nancy Wiley
Steve & Gayla Karns
Kim and Shari Hamilton and family
Tom and Mary Beth Lancaster
Dorothy Uebinger
Alan Guy
Chad, Emily, Trevin, Ethan & Landon Milner
Glenda Cooper
Carl& Tina Persinger
Robert and Lisa Simpson
Norman Phillips
Brad and Sara Bushur and family
The Hance’s
Darla and Richard Fryburger
Gary & Nancy Pearce
Scott and Tracy Pearce
Mike & Sharon Rinehart
Tressa Hamilton
Alan and Doris Weiler
Lorena Gill
Colene, Casey, Kassie and Harper Wood
Don, Jane, and Darren Delaney
Terry Warren
Robert A. (Bob) Lewis
Robert A. (Bob) Lewis
John & Julie Dehart
Donna Jo Carpenter
David Lewis
Pat Blackford
Harvey & Sandra Cash
Calvin and Anita Lake
Larry & Sue Williams
Pat Burt
Nita Mobley
Marsha Blair
Rita Weidner
June Kuenstler
Stuart Hamilton
jack 77
Tyler and Susan Schroeder
Wes & Cheryl Miller
Trudy Zimmerman Stanford


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