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Estel Dale Watson

June 6, 1923 September 23, 2011
Estel Dale Watson
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Obituary for Estel Dale Watson

Estel Dale Watson, 88, of Vinton, died peacefully Friday, September 23, 2011, at his home in Vinton surrounded by his family.
   Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at First Christian Church in Vinton with Rev. Connie Wacht officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, September 26, at Van Steenhuyse-Russell Funeral Home in Vinton and also one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery, Vinton.  Military rites will be performed by Geo. G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 of Vinton and Iowa Military Funeral Honors of Iowa City.
   Dale was born June 6, 1923, in Jayton, Texas, the son of Emery Edward and Grace Warren Watson.  He married Mary Jean McFarland on May 7, 1950, in Vinton.
   Dale served his country in the United States Army in the Philippines during WWII.
   He worked as a machinist at Hawkbilt.  He was a member of First Christian Church and George G. Luckey American Legion Post 57 in Vinton.  He enjoyed carpentry, remodeling houses with his sons and playing with his grandchildren.
   Dale is survived by his wife, Mary, of Vinton; two sons: Steven D. Watson and John R. (Donna) Watson, both of Vinton; two sisters: Doris Walton of Cisco, TX, and Grace (Dalton) Davis of Fort Worth, TX; four grandchildren: Jason Watson, Raquel Watson, Joshua (Virginia) Watson and Jenna Watson; and three great-grandchildren: Jax, Logan and JolieMae Watson.
   He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Emery Watson; twin sister, Ethel; and sisters, Ina Fae Crabtree and Deena Weed.
   A memorial fund has been established.

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