Dale Eugene Spiker, 79, of Wheeler passed away at 11:41 p.m. Sunday, April 16, 2017, at HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital in Effingham. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Latona Church of Christ in Latona, with Nate Hagen officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Cemetery with full military rites by the Jasper Post 20 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the church. All friends and neighbors are encouraged to be a part of the the funeral procession with their tractor whether it be old or new. In loving memory of Dale, memorials may be made to the Latona Church of Christ 9003 North 325th Street Wheeler, Illinois 62479. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.
Dale was born on Nov. 22, 1937, in Coles County, the son of Clifford and Genelle (Wilson) Spiker. He married Helen Olive Dague on July 27, 1958, at the Hugo Church in Hugo, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 24, 2008.
Dale graduate from Newton Community High School in 1955. After high school he served his county in United States Army from June 29, 1956, until his honorable discharge on March 30, 1959.
Dale was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the Latona Church of Christ, Jasper County Pork Producers and Jasper County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed tractor pulling for many years, mushroom hunting, reading westerns, watching NASCAR and riding his 4-wheeler to the Lis elevator every day to visit.
Dale is survived by daughters, Kathy (Roy) Davis of Martins Ferry, Ohio, and Jill (Bill) Burrows of Flushing, Ohio; grandchildren, Jeremy (Jamie) Davis of Newton, Shannon (Josh) Ernest of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Delaney Heal of Wheeler, Adam Woods of Waynesville, Missouri, David Rueter of Mt. Vernon, and Ridge Davis of Olney; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Jim (Marcie) Spiker of Wisconsin and Don (Glenda) Spiker of Wheeler; and sister, Joyce (Jim) Schafer of Newton.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Dorothy (Norman) Bower.
Published on April 17, 2017