OTTAWA — Dale J. McConville, 85, of Ottawa, passed away with his loving family at his side Saturday, March 3, at Illinois Veterans Home in La Salle.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8, at St. Columba Church with the Rev. David M. Kipfer celebrating. Entombment will be in the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum at Oakwood Memorial Park with military honors by the Ottawa American Legion Post 33 Veterans Group Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Gladfelter Funeral Home with a prayer service at 2:45 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Dale’s grandchildren, Evan and Luke Brightfield, Jordan and Alyssa Goldman, and Collin, Kiley and Alec Goetsch. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jerry Corcoran, Jerry Hicks, Mike Crowley Sr., William McConville and Richard McConville.
Dale was born March 19, 1932, in Hammond, Ind., a son, of Mark B. and Marie (Halm) McConville. He married Phyllis Corcoran in September 1956. Dale later married Judie (Hartshorn) Tabor on July 22, 1988.
Surviving are his loving wife, Judie; his children, Dawn Brightfield, Pam (Brad) Goldman, Michele (Louie) Goetsch, Kim (Michael) Tobak, and Sean McConville. Dale also leaves stepsons, Jeff (Tamara) Tabor and Marc (Kathy) Tabor; brothers, William McConville and Richard (Marylee) McConville; a sister, Pat Walter; grandchildren, Evan and Luke Brightfield, Jordan Goldman, Alyssa Eick, Collin, Kiley and Alec Goetsch, and Elliana Tobak; stepgrandchildren, Griffin, Gracyn, Zach, and Lexie Tabor; and a great-granddaughter, Sydney Eick.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James McConville; son-in-law, Eric Brightfield; brother-in-law, Alan Walter; and sister-in-law, Joellen McConville.
Dale was raised on the family farm in Ophir Township. He and his brothers attended the one-room country school where all the students were McConvilles and McConville relatives. The teacher was the only female and the school board was comprised of his uncles. Dale would relate how the boys all took turns tending to the wood-burning stove. He attended Mendota High School and attended St. Bede Academy for one year. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1951 and served as a radio intercept operator. He attended and graduated from the University of Illinois, and later taught vocational agriculture at Braidwood's high school.
Dale was appointed by the La Salle County Board of Supervisors to serve as the county’s first supervisor of assessments. During his tenure, he personally reviewed and assessed every parcel in the county. In 1963, he entered the real estate business as McConville Realty and Appraisals. He owned and operated the real estate sales business until 1989 when he sold the business to his wife, Judie, and Marilyn Gabehart. Dale then opened McConville Appraisal Services and served as a certified general appraiser until retirement.
Dale served on the Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees for 22 years and was chairman of the board. He also served as president of the Illinois College Trustees Association (1987). Dale was president of the Illini Valley Board of Realtors in 1980 and was named its Realtor of the Year in 1981. He served as state president of the County Assessment Officers Association. Dale was elected to the La Salle County Board and served one four-year term. In 1988, he ran for and was elected La Salle County Treasurer.
Dale was a member of both the Illinois Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. He was a member and served as president of the Farm and Land Institute for the Illinois Association of Realtors. He served as a member of the board for the Illinois Trust and Savings Bank.
Dale was a member of the Elks Lodge and also served on the board of Friendship Village for many years. Other memberships included the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Moose Lodge, and the Knights of Columbus.
Dale built and operated two car washes in Ottawa and Mendota. Dale’s interests also included traveling in his motor home, fishing and camping. He also was a devoted Chicago Cubs fan. Dale’s passion was his work.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Friendship Village or the Illinois Valley Community College Foundation.
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