Graveside burial with military honors at Elkhart
Cemetery at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Celebration of Life at the Lincoln Elks from 11:30 –
1:30 on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Funeral home: Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral
Bobbie Dale Spore, 95, of Lincoln,
IL & Sarasota, FL, passed away on Thursday, April
28th, 2022, in Florida.
Dale was born on April 15th, 1927, in Alpha, IL to
Charles and Lottie (Anderson) Spore. Dale served in
the United States Marine Corps during WWII. After
returning home from the Marine Corps, Dale attended
the Midwest School of Building Trades in
Bloomington, IL. This was the start of his 17 year
career with Alexander Lumber Company in Galesburg,
Pittsfield, and Lincoln, IL. It was in Pittsfield
that Dale met his wife Marian (Rector). They were
married in Quincy on June 30th, 1955. Dale began
working for Myers Industries in 1966. During his
career at Myers Industries/MII, he managed the
installation department and became one of the owners
of the company until his retirement in 1989.
In his retirement, Dale had the wonderful
opportunity to do what he enjoyed most –
woodworking, fishing, and golfing. Most who knew
Dale saw the product of his woodworking and easily
recognized him as a true craftsman. Dale mostly
fished for bass or bluegill at a family friend’s
lake near Lincoln, but once a year, for several
decades, Dale would go with friends to Northern
Ontario to fish for walleye and northern pike.
Nothing could compare to a shore lunch with fried
walleye that had been swimming only minutes before.
A great golfer, Dale was known to have shot his age
or better every year from his early 70’s to 93.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lottie
(Anderson) Spore; his sister, Pat Anderson; his wife, Marian; and son-in-law
Jerry Kennedy. Surviving Dale are his daughter, Janice (Rick) Wray of
Springfield; two grandsons, Thomas (Jessica) Kennedy of Bettendorf, IA, and Ryan
Wray of Springfield, IL; and three great grandchildren, Michael and Andrew
Kennedy of Bettendorf, IA and Janelle Wray of Springfield and special friend
Shirley Pentecost of Sarasota, FL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Legion Post 1197, PO Box 414,
Alpha, IL 61413 – where Dale was a founding member or Lincoln Elks Lodge 914,
1020 1525th St., Lincoln, IL 62656 – where Dale has been a member for over 60
Graveside burial with military honors at Elkhart Cemetery at 10:00 am on
Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Celebration of Life at the Lincoln Elks from 11:30 – 1:30 on Saturday, May 21,
Arrangements handled by Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.
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