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Vaneman, Dale

d. December 18, 2014

Dale VanEman, age 73 of, Greenview, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Ann, two daughters; Jeni Sorrells of Petersburg, and Julie (Darren) Beal of Sherman; 6 grandchildren Caleb Dante Sorrells, Jake Beal, Hannah Sorrells, John Beal, Josh Sorrells, Ethan Sorrells; sister Bonnie (Larry) Heyen; brother Dan (Rosalyn) VanEman; aunt Velda (Calvin) Miller; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Shirley Honeycutt, son-in-law Kent Sorrells, and nephew Shane Honeycutt.

Dale was born February 4, 1941 in Springfield, the son of “Pick” Hubert & Martha (Derry) VanEman.

Dale married Ann Montgomery on March 18, 1964. He graduated from Greenview High School on 1959 and later from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1966.

Dale served his country in the Army Reserves and was called to active duty in 1961 to assist in the Berlin Crisis.

He had a deep love for the land and farmed in Menard County for over 50 years. Dale was a Sunday School Teacher, Deacon, and Trustee of the First Baptist Churches of Petersburg and Greenview.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Petersburg, IL.

Memorials can be made to Samaritan’s Purse International Relief or to Wounded Warrior Project.

Rev. Rob Gallion will be officiating.

Burial will be held at Lebanon Cemetery near Petersburg.


  1. Ann and family, Bonnie and Danny — We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your families. As we have all been through losing someone before, we know it’s never easy to say goodbye. However, we do find those precious memories of our friendship and the early times our families spent together at the First Baptist Church will always be cherished.

  2. Dale and Ann farmed our land for 45 years, and we never doubted it was in good hands. Dale’s generous spirit and his patience in sharing his knowledge were always a comfort to us. We will miss him dearly.

  3. So sorry to hear of your loss. While I was living in Petersburg, I came to respect and highly regard your family. Dale was a good man. God bless each of you!

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