Dale A. Watson, 87, of St. Elmo, died at 10:04 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at his residence.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Maplewood Cemetery in St. Elmo. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Kessel Funeral Home in St. Elmo. Memorials: St. Elmo Veterans Memorial, c/o St. Elmo American Legion Post No. 420, P.O. Box 132, St. Elmo, Ill., 62458.
Mr. Watson was born on May 31, 1921, in Loudon Township, the son of Arthur and Minnie Brady Watson. He married Minnie May Beck on Jan. 12, 1942; she died on May 21, 1994.
He was an agricultural and livestock farmer. He was a member of St. Elmo Masonic Lodge No. 769 A.F. & A.M. and the St. Elmo Friendly Neighbors.
He is survived by sons, Marion Watson and his wife Linda of Fredericksburg, Va., and Lynn Watson and his wife LaVaughn of Paducah, Ky.; brother, Don Watson and his wife Wanita of Altamont; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Vivian Herrin; and brothers, Dwayne, Denzil and Doyle Watson.