Dale Pepple Huff passed away at 9:19 p.m. at his home in Bluford on Wednesday, June 19, 2014, at the age of 90.
He was born June 4, 1924, in Markham City, a son to the late Arthur E. and Vera P. (Pepple) Huff.
After graduating from Webber Township High School in 1938, he attended McKendree and Oakland City College where he received his bachelor of arts degree. Dale joined the Army in 1943, where he proudly served in the Engineers Division, Company B and 6th Battalion during World War II. His tour of duty took him to the Pacific Southwest New Guinea where he earned a Bronze Battle Star, four overseas service bars and a Victory medal before being honorably discharged as a Tech 5 in 1945. He later obtained a master’s degree in education from Milliken University. His professional career encompassed many facets in the education field before his retirement in 1979; teaching, coaching basketball and track and field, as well as principal and superintendent throughout the state of Illinois.
Dale and Beverly June (Bagwell) were married on his birthday in 1947, at the First Methodist Church in Carterville.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Beverly of Bluford; six children, Theresa Hudson of Bluford, Beverly Low and late husband (Charles) of Smyrna, Tenn., Marti Champion (Ron) of White Cloud, Mich., Margaret Anne Shaw (Mike) of Clearfield, Utah, Melinda Grierson and late husband (Dave) of Kirkland, Wash. and D. Stan Huff (Sandra) of Yuma, Ariz.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
His parents, Arthur E. and Vera P. (Pepple) Huff and his in-laws, Ernest C. and Clara (Black) Bagwell preceded him in death.
Visitation will be held from noon until service time 2 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the funeral immediately following visitation with Chaplain Ernie Collins officiating. Burial with full military honors conducted by members of Mt. Vernon American Legion Post 141 will be at the East Hickory Hill Cemetery in Bluford.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Hospice of the Good Samaritan and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.