Leonard Dale Choate, 86, of Metropolis, Illinois, formerly of Anna, Illinois, passed away on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Baptist Health Paducah.
Graveside services will be held starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, at Metropolis Memorial Gardens, with military rites and Pastor Jeff Bremer officiating. There will be no visitation. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.
Dale was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 306. He retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 318 in Marion, Illinois. Dale was an operator for more than 15 years and worked his way through the ranks by appointments and elections to receive the assistant manager job, before making his way to business manager which he remained at until retirement. Altogether, Dale was a member of the union for 66 years.
Dale is survived by his wife, Beverly (Krach) Choate; son, Kevin (Jo) Choate; two grandchildren, Collin (April) Choate and Mallory Choate; two great-grandsons, Landon and Luke Choate; two sisters, Agnes (Ted) Colley and Joanne Shanks; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Gladys (Cerny) Choate and one sister, Emma Lou Bennett.
Memorials may be given in Dale's name to Project Hope, P.O. Box 125, Metropolis, IL 62960.
Arrangements are entrusted to Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis. Condolences may be left at www.aikinsfarmer-millerfh.com.