He was born May 28, 1934, in Alexandria, Missouri, to Oma Ray and Evalenah Marie (Mayer) White.
Dail attended grade school in Alexandria, Missouri, graduating from the eighth grade. He attended Kahoka High School, graduating with the class of 1952. He served for two years in the United States Army from 1957 until 1959 and was a member of the Army Reserves for two years.
He married Doris Marie Jacquot on May 8, 1965, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamilton, Illinois and to this union two daughters were born.
He was a past member of the Keokuk Men’s Glee Club and of a local quartet in the Keokuk area, known as “Men of Note”. Dail was a twenty-five year member of the Keokuk Lions Club. He belonged to the St. Francisville Masonic Lodge 588 A.F. & A.M., having earned his fifty-year pin and attained his 32nd degree with the Davenport Consistory. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Keokuk.
After moving his family to Memphis in 1977, from Hamilton, Illinois, Dail served as a past board member of the Memphis Industrial Development Committee and the Scotland County Care Center and was a member of the Baring Country Club. He was very supportive in many organizations over the years.
Dail started in the manufacturing business in 1959 with Thomas Truck and Caster Company in Keokuk, Iowa and was the owner and CEO of All-States Equipment, Inc. in Memphis. He shared the role of owner and operator of Mi-Lor and White’s Fireworks in Alexandria, Missouri and had been in the fireworks business for more than sixty years.
Dail was an innovative man, always thinking of things he might invest in. He liked to travel and indulge in the different types of food he may have encountered along the way and playing the lottery scratch tickets. He enjoyed visiting with people and spent many hours watching FOX News. He could always be seen around town on his scooter or his golf cart. Dail realized his greatest love when he could spend time with his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great granddaughters.
Left to honor his memory is his wife, Doris; two daughters: Michele Drummond and her husband, Mark and Lora Alexander and her husband, Stacy, all of Memphis; six grandchildren: Margaret Owens and her husband, Randall, of Gillette, Wyoming; Jacqui Onken and her husband, Travis; Lexi Howard and her husband, Jacob; Morgan Alexander, Lindsey Alexander and Ashton Alexander, all of Memphis and two great granddaughters: Eva Onken and Elsa Onken of Memphis. Also surviving is a brother-in-law, Don Day, of Keokuk, Iowa; two sisters-in-law: Pat Orr and her husband, Gerald, of Lima, Illinois; Sharon Roberts and her husband, Gerry, of Carthage, Illinois; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Dail was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold Dean, in 1953; three sisters: Naoma Brammer and her husband, Harold; Elaine Brammer and her husband, Norman; Juanita Day and his parents-in-law, Marie and Hugo Jacquot.
Visitation will open after noon on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at the Memphis Funeral Home with the family present from 6 until 8 P.M. to greet relatives and friends.
Burial will follow in the Memphis Cemetery. Casket bearers will be Delbert Dalton, Clifford Justice, Lyle Moore, Tom Matlock, Tommy Baxter, John Rankin and Bill Holland. Honorary bearers will be Fred Buckert, David Ernst, John Dodge, Leo Buckert and Jim McClintic. Military honors will be provided by the Wallace W. Gillespie V. F. W. Post #4958.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to the Scotland County Cancer Fund or the Scotland County Scholarship Fund and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555.
On line condolences for the White family may be made by logging on to memphisfuneralhome-mo.com
Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.