Vernon Dale Ashmore, 83, of Gibson City peacefully passed away at 10:30 am Tuesday July 27, 2021 at the Gibson Area Hospital - Annex with his loving family at his side.
Visitation for Dale will be held 10:00am-11:00a.m. Friday July 30, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. His funeral service will be at 11:00 am with Pastor
Ray Lantz officiating. Burial will follow at Drummer Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The First Presbyterian Church or to the
Gibson Area Hospital. Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of arrangements.
Dale was born August 23, 1937 in Paxton. A son of Vernon Theodore and Beatrice Pauline Van Blaracum Ashmore. He married Carla Lee Coffay on August 15, 1959 in Granite City.
Surviving are his wife of sixty-one years Carla Ashmore of Gibson City. One daughter Allison Marie (William) Hickey of LaGrange Park and a son Christopher Dale (Amber) Ashmore of Jacksonville. Five grandchildren - Dan Hickey, Katherine Hickey, Mary Alice Hickey, Wyatt Ashmore and Dylan Ashmore. One sister - Vicki (Jim) Osman of Bethany, sister-in-law Terri Ashmore of Gibson City, an aunt Betty Lain of Sylva, NC and 3 nephews and 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by a brother Gary.
After graduating from Gibson City High School in 1955, Dale graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1959, where he met his wife Carla. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1963. He then lived in Paxton where he practiced law for 8 years. Dale’s true passion was teaching. After leaving the practice of law, he taught high school Social Studies and English for 23 years at Granite City High School and Granite City North High School in Granite City, where he raised his family.
He was a long time member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City, and an active board member serving on the Gibson Area Hospital Foundation and the GCMS Education Foundation. He was also a member of the Gibson City Lions Club and was an avid Illini fan and St. Louis Cardinals fan.