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M. Dale Carley: 1926-2018


WATSEKA — M. Dale Carley, 91, of Watseka, passed away Thursday, March 15, at his home.  

He was born Aug. 14, 1926, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka, to Allen F. and Iva D. (Flesher) Carley. He married Mary L. Sodini on Aug. 16, 1951, in Streator, and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Dr. James A. (Linda) Carley, of Pontiac, and Steven (Mary) Carley, of Crescent City; nine grandchildren, Jamie (Rick) Doubet, of Pontiac, Dr. Ryan (Dr. Natalie) Carley, of Pontiac, Lindsay (Dr. Nick) Buchheit, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Dr. Blake (Dr. Alexandra) Carley, of Mequon, Wis., Dr. Kelsey (Eric) Davis, of Pontiac, Tyler Carley and Tristan Carley, of Pontiac, Dillon Carley and Cody Carley, of Crescent City. Dale also has 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and stillborn brother, R. Duane Carley.
Dale played baseball for Chocolate Shop, Hemb & Martin and Watseka All-Stars. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He farmed, ran a wholesale/retail egg business, and then started in the advertising business in 1965 for C&S Direct Advertising out of Bloomington. Dale started his own company on Jan. 1, 1970, Carley Advertising Specialties. He continued to work with his son, Steven, in the business until his death.
Dale served 10 years on the Iroquois County Board. He was a charter member of Watseka Elks Lodge. He bowled on the Elks team, winning the Illinois State Elks Bowling Championship in 1963.
Dale was a member of American Legion, Knights of Columbus and St. Edmunds Catholic Church. He was a lifetime member of Iroquois County Historical Society and Iroquois Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Dale was a devoted fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears. Dale truly loved his family. He enjoyed mowing the grass and spending time at Carley Lake. He enjoyed working in the advertising business and loved his customers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Powell officiating. Burial will be in Flesher Cemetery in Crescent City. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Watseka American Legion Post 23 and Iroquois County VFW Post 7450.
Memorials may be made to Iroquois Memorial Hospice or Watseka Elks Lodge.
Please share a memory of Dale at
Knapp Funeral Home
219 S. Fourth St., Watseka, IL 60970

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