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Dale Brotherton

September 8, 1925 — November 5, 2015

Dale E. Brotherton, 90, of New Boston, IL, died Thursday, November 5, 2015 at home. Services are 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 16, 2015 in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal, where graveside military services will be conducted. Visitation is 2:00 p.m. until the time of services Sunday at Fippinger's where memorials may be left to the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church or the Mercer County Food Pantry. Online condolences can be made at

Dale was born September 8, 1925 in Ashton, Missouri to Walter and Myrtle Boley Brotherton. He married Flora "Diane" Bash July 11, 1949 in Kahoka, Missouri. She died May 22, 2013.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WW2 serving in the Air Corp and the Merchant Marines.

He graduated in 1943 from Kahoka High School in Kahoka, MO. Following the war, he received his B.A. from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in 1953. He received his Masters of Science Degree in Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1962.

He taught math in Donnellson, Iowa. He began working in the computer industry as a programmer in 1956 and worked for various companies including Deere and Co. in Moline where he retired in May 1986. Later that year he accepted a position at Mt. St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa as head of the Computer department and Professor of Computer Information System, retiring in 1998.

He was a member of the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church, Airplane Owner's Pilot Association, USO, American Legion and Merchant Marines. He was a former director of the Mercer County Housing Authority and a member of the Yellowbanks Historical Society.

Dale especially enjoyed farming and flying.

Survivors include two daughters: Lanette (Wayne) Fort of Orangeburg, SC; Kayla (Fred) Wayne Gowdy of New Boston, IL; two sons: Jeffrey (Lorraine) Brotherton of Columbus, OH; Joel (Michelle Clark) Brotherton of Ballwin, MO; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren with 2 lovingly expected, several nieces and nephews.

His parents; wife, Diane; one grandchild; three sisters; two brothers; preceded him in death.

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Visitation Details

Sunday, November 15th, 2015, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Fippinger Funeral Home

Service Details

Sunday, November 15th, 2015, 4:00pm, Fippinger Funeral Home

Interment Details

National Cemetery

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