Milton Dale Moake

Aug 9th, 1933 - Dec 13th, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Dec. 30th, 2017 11am


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Dec. 30th, 2017 1pm

Milton Dale Moake


Creal Springs – Dale “Blackie” Moake, 84, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Medical City Arlington Hospital in Arlington, Texas.

Dale was born on August 9, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri to Howard and Connie Moake. He was educated in southern Illinois, graduating from Marion Township High School, excelling as a letterman in four sports. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he participated in the ROTC program. Dale married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Sue Harris, on April 3, 1956 in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended basic training before becoming an officer in the USAF. Sue and Dale have shared 61 wonderful years of marriage.

Dale proudly served our country in the USAF for 30 years, retiring in March of 1986 as a Colonel. While in the military, Dale had several overseas tours during the Vietnam War. He and Sue returned to the Marion area after retirement and made their home on his favorite point on the banks of the Lake of Egypt in Creal Springs.

An avid fisherman, Dale captained the same fishing boat for 30 years. This outdoorsman loved gardening, boating, barbecuing, mowing, and hunting. He loved listening to music, especially country western, big band, and the blues. Dale and Sue ‘tore up’ many a dance floor. Dale loved his family – his wife, his four children, and seven grandchildren. He cherished time spent with each one.

Dale is survived by: his wife, Sue; children, Debbie Shroyer, Kim Tomasetti, Sandy DiBari, and Steve Moake; grandchildren, Madeleine Shroyer, Meredith Shroyer, Lauren Tomasetti, Danielle Tomasetti Corapcioglu, Justin Tomasetti, John Thomas DiBari and Alexandra DiBari Smithey; son-in-laws, John Shroyer, David Tomasetti, and John DiBari. We will miss Dale/Dad/Papa/Blackie, but will cherish our fond memories of him as we celebrate his long and full life.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery where Dale will receive full military rights for his dedicated service to our country.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project, or the American Lung Association. Dale was a devoted supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for over 30 years.

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12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Conrad Trogolo

    From: Paducah, Kentucky

    Date: December 16, 2017

    Sue: I saw the obit. on Dale and I can’t tell you how sorry I am. Dale and I had many good times together when we were young. Donna and I will see you at the visition. Conrad

  • Guest: Jim Gulledge (Tapper)

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 17, 2017

    Sue So sorry to hear about Dale. It was a shock.

    Will miss talking about the old days. We have been
    friends for a long time.

  • Guest: Jack & Mary Lou Atwood

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: December 18, 2017

    Sue, we are absolutely crushed. Dale has been a true friend since our school days. Our prayers are for you & your family to find strength to endure these tough days ahead. We send our love & sympathy.

  • Guest: Andrea & Brian Leas and Kids (Sutton, Rylan, Graydon)

    From: Edwardsville, Illinois

    Date: December 19, 2017

    Our hearts hurt. We met Mr. Moake within 5 minutes of moving next door at the lake three years ago. And within 10 minutes of meeting him, he was already giving our 3 little kids a ride around the neighborhood on his golf cart. Mr. Moake was the kind of guy who you could immediately tell was a good person. Our first year there, we happened to tell him one day that we were celebrating our 10 year anniversary. That night we returned from dinner, and there was a bottle of champagne with a bow on it at our front door. Mr. Moake was also so charismatic and witty that we always looked forward to visiting with him…and we missed him when we didn’t get to see him. My dad and aunt also went to heaven this year. My kids and I pray to them every night. Our five-year-old, Graydon, has added Mr. Moake to those bedtime prayers. He tells him something about his day and thanks him for giving him rides on his golf cart and for letting him jump off his diving board. Mr. Moake will be forever loved and missed.

  • Guest: Karen Young

    From: Dripping Springs, Texas

    Date: December 20, 2017

    Sandy, I am so sorry. Losing your dad so is hard. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

  • Guest: RON RUSSELL

    From: Paducah, Kentucky

    Date: December 22, 2017

    Sue I am very sorry but I have prior family commitments Dec 30th I am thinking of you We had some great times at MTHS —- GOD BLESS

  • Guest: charles and frankie boatright

    From: fort myers , Florida

    Date: December 24, 2017

    we will miss you and the friday night get to gathers we loved. and also the e mails. love you sue.

  • Guest: Charles Helleny

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: December 24, 2017


  • Guest: Michelle Juarez

    From: Liberty Hill, Texas

    Date: December 27, 2017

    I have been thinking of you and praying for you and the family. I can’t wait to see you and hug your neck!! Love you to pieces my friend!

    Michelle Juarez

  • Guest: Edwina (Cronin) Kent

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: December 28, 2017

    My prayers are with all of the family on the passing of their loved one. My husband (John Kent) and Dale were close friends all through school. When John and I wed we visited in Texas with him and family. Kept the friendship going. He will be missed by so many people.

  • Guest: Jo-Nell Blue

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 30, 2017

    Well the ‘three omegos’ are together again….the party is on! Hey, girls you know they will have a place prepared for us to join them one day.

  • Guest: Marilyn Talley Hall

    From: Magalia, CA 95954, California

    Date: January 1, 2018

    Sue, I am so sorry to hear about Dale. My love and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I wish I didn’t live so far away and could be with you at this time. Joe passed away almost 11 years ago and he and Dale were good friends especially when they both were in that fraternity in college. I am thinking of you and will try to call in a few days.