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Dale K. Silker

Dale K. Silker, 87, Machesney Park, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1926, to C. Kenneth and Ester (Winters) Silker in Pleasant Grove, Minn.

In 1948, he married Jeri Doran in Rochester, Minn. They lived in Waterloo, Iowa, where Dale worked for Doran Equipment Company. In 1971, he married Leone “Jodi” McGowan. 

He worked at the Taylor Company in Rockton, where he enjoyed his work and the people he worked with. After retirement, he and Jodi enjoyed extensive traveling and the time they had together.

Survivors include his second wife of 42 years; four children, Cynthia Bagus, John (Deb) Silker, Linda (Bob Freed) McGowan and Will Silker; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Dewaine (Norman) Sillker and Frank (Joan) Silker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a sister, JoAnne Wildermuth.

Services were private. Arrangements were made by Cremation Society of Illinois.

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