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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 www.frankandbright.com.
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.
To the family sorry for your loss
I was saddened to hear of Dale's passing. However, I am thankful for our conversations lately. Hugs and prayers Joan!
Thoughts and prayers
Prayers being sent to him and his family IAM so sorry for your my God wrap his arms around the family
I am so sorry Joan. He will be missed by many. You are in my prayers
Class of '66 will miss him. He was a great guy and big supporter of our class. Prayers to family.
Deepest condolences to the family.
Dale was a good man with a caring heart. He will be sadly missed. Prayers to the family for your loss
MISS JOAN AND FAMILY MAY THE GOOD LORD GIVE YOU STRENGH AND PEACE IN YOUR HEARTS AT THIS TIME. DALE WILL BE MISSED AT THE CHURCH. I KNOW MY BROTHER THOUGHT THE WORLD OF HIM. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU.
Sorry for your loss.
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.
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.
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!
Dale was such a good person. I was priveliged to have known him.
So sorry to hear about Dale. You have my sincere sympathy and friendship. With love, Dave Lewis
So sorry for your loss. May God comfort you at this time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
So sorry for your lost. Prayers for all the family.
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.
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.
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
Dale always knew you where ever you were, always friendly, and always had a smile.
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.