Obituary: Dale Dobbins, 72, Morton

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

Dale O. Dobbins, 72, of Morton, Ill., died at 12:13 p.m. May 1, 2013, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

Born on Nov. 8, 1940, in Peoria, Ill., to Russell and Helen Clauson Dobbins, he married Leslie Burlison on June 8, 1963, in Peoria, Ill. She preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 2004. He later married Jane Romack on Nov. 6, 2004, in Washington, Ill. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Jane (Terrence) Lindsey of Peoria, Ill., Steven (Kim) Dobbins of Imperial, Mo., Cathy (Steven) Stella of East Peoria, Ill., and Jim (Emily) Dobbins of Alpharetta, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Ross, Owen, Breanne, Michael, Liam, Branden, Abby, Sydney, and Hayden; and one brother, David (Pat) Dobbins of Cary, N.C.; and his beloved dog, Maxine.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a United States Army veteran.

Dale graduated from Bradley University in 1963, where he was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi.    

He last worked for Peoria Distributors of Quality as an accountant and retired in 2005. He had previously worked at Baker-Hauser and Sturm Freightways.

He was a member of the South-West Kiwanis, serving as their treasurer for many years. He also served as the treasurer of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony for many years.

Dale was a member of United Presbyterian Church in Peoria, where he served as an elder and helped organize transportation for the elderly of the church.

Dale was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, Bradley basketball fan and enjoyed model trains. He also enjoyed visits from his grandchildren and his friends.

A memorial service was at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington. The Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker officiated. Visitation was from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the South-West Kiwanis or Central Illinois Youth Symphony.

Dale’s memorial website is available at where condolences may also be sent to the family.