BLUFORD – Dale Pepple Huff, 90, of Bluford, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2014, at his home.
He was born June 4, 1924, in Markham City, a son of Arthur E. and Vera P. (Pepple) Huff. 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 in New Guinea, where he was awarded a Bronze Battle Star, four Overseas Service Bars, and a Victory Medal before being honorably discharged as a Tech 5 in 1945. He taught school, coached, and served as a principal and superintendent throughout the state, retiring in 1979.
He married Beverly June Bagwell on June 4, 1947, at First Methodist Church in Carterville.
He is survived by his wife; six children, Theresa Hudson of Bluford, Beverly Low of Smyrna, Tennessee; Marti Champion (Ron) of White Cloud, Michigan, Margaret Anne (Mike) Shaw of Clearfield, Utah, Melinda Grierson of Kirkland, Washington, and D. Stan (Sandar) Huff of Yuma, Arizona; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws: Earnest C. and Clara (Black) Bagwell; and two sons-in law, Charles Low and Dave Grierson.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday and the funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, with Ernie Collins, chaplain, officiating. Burial, with full military honors conducted by members of Mount Vernon American Legion Post 141, will be at the East Hickory Hill Cemetery in Bluford.
Memorials have been established to Hospice of the Good Samaritan, in care of Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, IL 62864.
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