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Edwin Douglas Hale

April 8, 1942December 28, 2019
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Edwin Douglas Hale, 77, of Dallas, TX peacefully passed away after a short illness on December 28, 2019 with his family by his side.

He was born on April 8, 1942 to Merle and Mary Hale in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and grew up in Iowa City, Iowa. Ed was a graduate of the University of Iowa and went on to receive his law degree from the University of Denver. He had a passion for estate law and spent his career as an expert in the life-insurance industry training and coaching on business succession planning.

Ed's career took him to Colorado, Indiana and Texas and he developed a sense of community wherever he lived. But all who knew him would agree he was a Hawkeye at heart! He lived and breathed the University of Iowa and flew the "I" flag on game days. Win or lose, Ed was proud of the Hawks! His favorite sport was golf and enjoyed both playing and watching it. He even built his own clubs. Another favorite pastime was auto racing. Ed absolutely loved cars and owned many impressive, yet sometimes impractical, collector vehicles throughout the years. He later built models of each car to remember them.

Nicknamed "Coach" by hundreds of kids, including his own, Ed coached many sports his children were involved in through the years.

Ed is survived by his family - Sandy of Dallas, TX; sister Marsha of Lake Oswego, OR; son John (Dawn) of Columbus, OH; daughter Amanda (Wes) of Fort Worth, TX; daughter Andi of Dallas, TX; son Doug (Dana) of Denver, CO; and daughter Meghan of New York, NY. He was the proud grandfather of 6 grandchildren; Hannah, Jack, Aaron, Nick, Addison, and Daphne.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, located at 7990 President George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX 75252.

A burial ceremony will follow in Indiana in May 2020.

Donations may be made to the Merle L. Hale Faculty Endowment Fund at the University of Iowa (https://uihc.org/ways-give-dentistry).

Special thanks to the staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital for their care during his final days.

Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas has charge of arrangements.


  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, December 31, 2019


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January 9, 2020

Ed Hale was my dear friend at City High from 1958 onward. I always liked "Eddie" very much. I played Babe Ruth League baseball against him and played high school basketball with him. I always enjoyed his intelligence and humor very much.

I enjoyed spending quality time with Ed and his wife Sandy at our 2010 Class Reunion. I am very saddened that Ed passed away. Ed was a wonderful man and was well-liked by everyone who knew him. My profound sympathy to his wife Sandy and his sister Marsha and all of his family members.
AL SCHALLAU, Palos Verdes, CA

Deyon Gray

January 7, 2020

What a wonderful person! Working with Ed made me realize that work could be fun as well as productive. He was a wonderful mentor and an even better friend.

I have never had so much respect for any man other than my father. Even though I had to put up with those dad jokes.

My dear friend, you will be missed. We can have our next BBQ meal in heaven.

Mary Beth Kelly

January 4, 2020

Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. We did not know Ed for many years, but knew him to be a kind and loving father. It was always a pleasure to see him at the games and dance recitals with his warm smile and proud heart. We pray that you find peace and comfort knowing that God has assigned him to watch over you throughout your life.

Betsy Delgado

December 31, 2019

I am so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. He was always so kind to others. Know that you are in my heart and prayers today and in the difficult days ahead.

Marsha (Hale) Leonard

December 31, 2019

My big brother, Eddie was and still is, my hero. Growing up I adored him, I tagged along and tried to get him to let me hang out with him and his friends. Good old - younger sister behavior.
We turned into being best friends on my wedding day 6/17/67. I almost fainted when he gave me a gigantic kiss that day!! I finally came of age and were mutually physically close until just now.
Our last phone call was December 7th and he didn’t have a clue what was coming. Lots of our talks over the years were focused on love of family, confusion about how relationships change over time, the usual philosophical topics.

He was right there for me when my husband of 52-1/2 years passed this November 12th. He had planned to take me to see the entire Oregon coast this Spring. After 5+ years living in Oregon I’d never been there as I’d only gone from working part time to being part time caregiver for my husband who’d been ill for years.

Eddie will be so missed by me. He was such a funny, crazy good guy who truly loved all of his family and friends. He helped me to be strong when life was tough and encouraged me to pay attention to taking care of myself so I’d be able to be there for others. 🙏❣️

Sandy Ray

December 31, 2019

I will miss having lunch with Ed. And, trying with little success to get Ed to work with computers.

David Graham

December 31, 2019

Dr. Hale,
I will miss: (1) our lively email banter designed (in part) to annoy our younger/smug co-workers; (2) our continual bickering over golf strokes which were always in your favor; and (3) our friendship.
Farewell My Friend!

John Hale

December 30, 2019

Three sons were born to John and Lulu Margaret Hale of Clarinda, Iowa. The eldest, Merle, became an Oral Surgeon. Merle and his wife Mary had three children: Ed, Marsha and Linda.
The second son, Bill Hale, became an Industrial Engineer. He and his wife Marie had three children: Janet, John and Margaret Diane. The third son Paul became an HR Attorney. Paul and his wife Charlotte (Chockey) had three daughters: Julie, Frieda and Patricia.

Ed Hale was the senior Hale cousin to the nine of the Hale grandchildren. We adored and admired Ed. Ed had a special and very close relationship with our grandparents. He also had a great relationship with his dad and our fathers.

On a snowy winter day in 1963 or 1964, our grandparents died in a car-truck accident. We all traveled to Clarinda for the funeral. It was a sudden and difficult loss, but Ed took it particularly hard. To my dying day I’ll remember Ed weeping audibly in the church pew ahead of us. My heart was broken for the loss of our grandparents but even more broken for Ed’s loss and sorrow.

My wife and I have three children and I now have five grandchildren— the oldest, John Hale, is named for his great great grandfather. I have a very special relationship with this grandson, and this fine boy and our relationship remind me often of Ed Hale and our grandfather John.

We will always be the family of John Hale of Clarinda, Iowa, and always be the family of our adored older cousin Ed.

John Hale, son of Ed’s uncle Bill Hale and grandson of John Hale of Clarinda.

Donald Bradley Kent Sr

December 30, 2019

I will miss this man very much. Outside of my family, he has been my best friend for 20 years. There is not much about life, raising kids, business, football, golf, Indy car racing, cars, politics, etc that we have not shared.

I will miss our weekend breakfasts together, our watching or texting during sporting events; Memorial weekend race parties, and road trips.

He meant a great deal to my wife and sons also. My son has become an attorney with a lot of counsel from Ed.

My favorite memory, of so many, was when we stopped at an open house in the neighborhood. We’re looking through it and discussing it, and the realtor was selling us on what a great neighborhood it was for gay couples like us. We have had a lot of fun with that over the years, while we both claimed to have better taste than to choose the other as a partner.

RIP, Mr. Hale. I know the open road will be emptier without you. I love you brother, Mr. Kent

Derek Kaloust

December 30, 2019

Ed was a key mentor in my life. Ed convinced me to face my fear of public speaking by taking a road warrior job with him (Advanced Planning Consultant at New York Life in Dallas). For the first few months, Ed toured me around the middle of the country teaching me how to interact with agents and their advisors. Ed trained me on much more than just business succession planning, he taught me how to have a positive attitude and to always open conversations with leading questions like "How did you get started in the business?".

I was even lucky enough to learn from Ed first hand life lessons. Ed once suggested I respond "My Pleasure" to someone who says "Thank You" (he said it just sounded better than "No Problem"). When Ed found out I got engaged, Ed insisted on having an engagement party for us at his house.

Thank you for giving me the confidence to take risks, for providing your insight on how to succeed, and for being such a great friend during the process. I miss you, Derek.