MOUNT VERNON — Dale W. Spearman, 88, of Mount Vernon, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.
Dale was born Sept. 14, 1923, in Miller Township, Knox County, to John S. and Eska (Buskirk) Spearman. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1941. Dale served with the 9th Air Force of the United States Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. He participated in the invasion of Normandy, on D-Day plus 1 and was involved with the Battle of the Bulge. His unit received five Bronze Stars for involvement in five major battles and also received a Presidential Citation. Dale was awarded the French Medal of Freedom by the French government. Upon his return from military service, Dale was a farmer in the Green Valley and Miller Township areas of Knox County for 45 years. He served several years as a Miller Township Trustee. Dale was a faithful member of the Brandon Baptist Church and had served as church trustee many years. Dale was also a member of Miller Grange. He was a co-founder of the Clover Leaf Chums 4-H Chapter, which is the longest running active 4-H chapter in Knox County.
Surviving are his wife, Mary (Harris) Spearman, whom he married Nov. 17, 1951; his son, Daniel (Rosemary) Spearman of Wapakoneta; grandsons, Joel Spearman and Andrew Spearman. Dale was proud of his grandsons’ accomplishments. Joel is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a master’s degree in architecture and lives and works in Los Angeles for a major corporation. Andrew is attending the New York University College of Medicine and will graduate in May of this year. Also surviving are his brother, Roger (Barbara) Spearman of Howard; sisters, Polly Stelts of Fredericktown and Debbie (Steve) Arter of Centerburg; his brother-in-law, Bill Curran of Mount Vernon; and a sister-in-law, Audrey Spearman of Howard.
Besides his parents, Dale was preceded in death by brothers, Chester Spearman and Dean Spearman; and his sister, Donna Curran.
Friends may call Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., where funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Marvin Haught officiating. Burial with military honors by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow at Brandon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandon Baptist Church or the Knox Community Hospital for the Palliative Care Unit.
To send a private online condolence to the family, visit http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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