In Memory

Dale L. Emerson

Dale L. Emerson

Dale "Butch" Leroy Emerson WAVERLY, IL - Dale "Butch" Leroy Emerson, 72, of Waverly, Ill., and formerly of Springfield, Ill., died March 3, 2015, at St. John's Hospital after a five-month health challenge.

He was born Feb. 8, 1943, in Springfield, Ill., the son of the late Leo Jr. and Marion Louise Cook Emerson. He graduated from Lanphier High School in 1961. He married Margaret Alison McClerren on Aug. 17, 1968, and were married 46 years.

Dale was a member of the Waverly Knights of Pythias, Waverly Jaycees, Waverly Lions Club (past President), Waverly Picnic Committee (past President), Waverly Pony and Little League coach, boys and girls Waverly soccer coach, and life member of the NRA. He and his cousins worked in rural Edinburg early on bucking bales on wagons. He then worked at Fiat-Allis for 23 years and Bunn-O-Matic for about 14 years before retiring in 2004. Dale loved homemade ice cream and homemade pizza. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, woodworking, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Arizona Cardinals football, and Illinois basketball and football games.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Deborah Haenni in 2014; and a baby, Matthew Todd, at birth in 1973. In addition to his wife of Waverly, Ill., the other "lights of his life" are two loved sons and their wives, Brian (Kathleen) Emerson of Florissant, Mo., and Trevor (Christina) Emerson of Wood River, Ill.; two grandsons, Trenton and Colton Emerson of Wood River, Ill.; a special niece, Linda Watson Whitaker (Ted) of Springfield, Ill.; a favorite great-niece, Skyler Whitaker of Springfield, Ill.; a special brother-in-law, Doug Haenni of Springfield, Ill.; special friends, Robert and Karen Harris of Waverly, Ill.; and all of his aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Waverly, Ill. Burial will be in Waverly East Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to: Waverly Rescue Squad, Waverly Lions Club,  Condolences may be made to the family at

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03/07/15 08:18 PM #1    

Michael F. Sponsky

Too sad. I went from kindergarten to graduation with Dale. Quiet and likeable is the best discription I can come up with at this time.

03/08/15 01:35 PM #2    

John Holderread

I didn't know you real well but do remember you as a very nice person! Rest in peace brother! 

03/09/15 10:16 PM #3    

Jim Birt

What a nice epitaph!  it is as if you knew this person and I'm sure we all saw him in school but he must have been very unassuming.  He definately made good use of his time here on earth and apparently with all his after work hours.  I ask myself, "what time did he have left for his immediate family with all the social work he did?"

But we do make our "choices" as we pass through this thing we call "life".

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