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In lieu of flowers, tax deductible donations can be made to Asia Harvest, 353 Jonestown Rd #320, Winston-Salem, NC, 27104 (https://www.asiaharvest.org/projects-donations).

OBITUARY

Robert Nelson Hale

December 22, 1948July 16, 2021

On July 16, 2021, Robert (Bob) Hale, 72, ended the lease on his Earth suit and moved into the arms of his Heavenly Father, where he is alive and thriving. Bob’s faith and persistence was an inspiration to everyone he encountered. Six years ago, the doctor gave him one year to live, but God gave him six extra years, surprising his doctors!

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle to his family, which was always one of his greatest priorities. Bob’s family grew to love the White Mountains of NH, one of Bob’s favorite places, where he took them on annual camping trips. Some of their fondest memories come from this time together. Bob particularly loved hiking Mt. Washington and experiencing its extreme weather.

Bob loved to tell stories about his many overseas mission trips to places like Mongolia, Siberia, Haiti, and Senegal, among others. He had an enduring passion for people unreached by the Gospel. He taught business principles in West Africa to help people interested in starting micro-businesses in their countries. He had a life-long interest in reaching people across the globe with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Bob graduated from college with a degree in Business Administration and worked most of his life in the financial sector; his most recent position as a Finance Director for a nonprofit organization. Bob was an army veteran, as was his father before him and his daughter after him. He served as a medic during the war in Vietnam.

Bob lived to meet his first grandson, Jaxton, and is survived by his wife Patricia, son Jonathan Hale, and daughter Julianne (Hale) Nolin. Bob’s loving family includes his brother Bruce Hale and sisters Barbara Jones and Beverly Hale.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM, at Open Heaven Church, 6066 Leesburg Pike, Suite 407, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, a tax exempt donation may be made to Asia Harvest, 323 Jonestown Rd #320, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

Services

  • A Celebration of Life

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

Memories

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Elizabeth Storer

July 27, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Bob at TRCP as the chair of the Audit Committee. He was thoughtful and professional in his work and always made my job much easier as a result. He was exceedingly kind and caring in his approach to all. My condolences to his family on your loss, and to his many friends he made in his work around the world. - Liz Storer

Dr. Judy Readey and Joy Street

July 23, 2021

Bob will always be remembered for his love for God, his family and missions. He exemplified a man of God in his marriage, parenting and in mentoring young men. He was always ready to help someone in any he could. He was a good friend who loved to laugh and celebrate life. Praise God he is now in heaven celebrating with Jesus and is truly living Life more abundantly. John 10:10 b KJV

Susan Anderson

July 23, 2021

Bob has always been a man of prayer and faith. He placed highest priority on his daily time with the Lord, rising at 5 or 5:30 every morning to begin his day with Jesus. Bob told me this in conversation one day as we worked together at Faith Christian Center. It's one of the things that always impressed me most about him.

He sure did have a corny sense of humor, too. He had nicknames for various people--mine was /Shnoo/.

Bob was well-respected and well loved by those of us who knew him on earth. He is now honored with the crown of Life in eternity. Praise the Lord!

May the comfort of the Lord Jesus surround you, Pat, and all your family at this difficult time. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Sue (Schmidt) Anderson

Denise Beauchemin

July 22, 2021

Our friendship with the Hales goes back to our days at Faith Christian Center. Pat and I attended and rode together to the Thursday morning Ladies share group when our oldest children were toddlers. Bob and Pat shared our interest in missions and encouraged and supported us as we stepped into our calling to full time service. Bob even came to Senegal to teach believers how to start a business to provide for their families.
Years later, when I faced a serious life threatening illness, Bob responded to our call and they opened up their home to us so I could receive life saving treatment at NIH. Bob and Pat stood by us through the whole ordeal visiting me daily, letting me stay with them for two months - they even gave up their bedroom for me. Bob made me a chart to manage the many meds I was on and Pat made sure I was faithful to take them accordingly. She took me to my many appointments. They cared for me, encouraged me, their faith and trust in God for healing inspired me even while they were facing Bob’s health challenges. I can’t say enough about them - they have been a blessing to so many.
Bob,thank you for being a big part of my miracle. I am eternally grateful. Your journey in this world has ended but you are now living the life you longed for. I will miss you and am looking forward to seeing you again.
My deepest condolences to Pat and family. May the Holy Spirit comfort you in your time of loss.
Love and prayers,
Denise Beauchemin

Gerry Beauchemin

July 22, 2021

I’m so glad to have known Bob. He truly inspired me in his love for God, his family and for all people especially in Mongolia. He and Pat were truly there for us over the last eight years hosting Denise for her annual medical evaluations at NIH. I don’t know what we would have done without them. May his dear wife Pat and daughter Julianne and son Jonathan (and all who were touched and marked by Bob—who loved him) be comforted knowing that he is rejoicing in the arms of our precious Savior and our Heavenly Father. Blessings, love and prayers, for all who are mourning him in this earthly, temporary separation. Gerry Beauchemin

Bob Chauvette

July 22, 2021

Bob and I served as elders at FCC and the first thing that comes to mind is Bob’s gentle spirit. He was a good listener and always gave good advise. He will be missed but we will see him again in heaven.
Bob Chauvette

Mike Hartman

July 22, 2021

Well done, good and faithful servant! This certainly describes Bob. Always someone you could count on and a man of great integrity, love and compassion. Many times focused and serious, but I often remember that great smile and unique sense of humor. Always enjoyed the company of Bob and Pat and they were always willing to lend an ear and offer prayer. Our loss, but Heavens gain! Till we meet again in glory! Prayers of comfort for Pat and the family as we miss this good man, but we have so many good memories.

Tom&Cathy Johnston

July 21, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the Hale family during this difficult time...

We rejoice in knowing that Bob is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus and he will hear the words of our Father... "well done...good and faithful servant!"

The Trinity Life Community church family in Bedford, NH are praying for you and send our love and blessings...

In His love,

Pastors Tom & Cathy Johnston
Bedford NH

Rudy Johnson

July 21, 2021

I was blessed to be Bob's travel associate to Mongolia and to Siberia. I was privileged to serve with him and experience his sense of humor and compassion. The memories of him are priceless, I will see you again Bob and I will buy you a cup of coffee

Raymond DiPirro

July 21, 2021

Remembering Bob during his time at Faith Christian Center. Had a heart for GOD and a love for the Lord. Him & Pat were always willing to serve where there was a need. He is truly missed. May all memories of Bob be happy ones and put a smile on people's faces. I am sure he is dancing in Heaven on streets of gold. I know GOD welcomed Bob with open arms.