Dale R. Gragson

Dale R. Gragson, 61, of Cornell, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church in Cornell with Dick Leonard officiating. Burial will be in Cornell Cemetery, Cornell.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac and one hour prior to the funeral Tuesday at the church.

Dale was born Oct. 15, 1954, in Streator, to Jurrel Q. and Mary Lou (Allen) Gragson. He married Kathy L. Harms on Sept. 2, 1978, at First Baptist Church in Dwight. She survives in Cornell.

Also surviving are his children, Jeremy Q. Gragson, Jackie N. Gragson and Justin T. Gragson, all of Cornell; two brothers, Jerry L. Gragson, Cornell, and Billy Joe Gragson of Halfway, Mo.; a sister, Darlene (John) Skeens, Halfway, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Clayton R. Gragson and Kaylynn E. Gragson, both of Cornell.

His parents preceded him in death.

Dale was a 1972 graduate of Woodland High School. He was a machine operator for Caterpillar in Pontiac.

He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was active in FFA in high school and was a proud member of the NRA and the UAW Local 2096.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be left at duffyfuneralhome.com.

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