Gary Dean Hale

August 25, 1945October 4, 2012
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Gary Dean Hale lost his fight with cancer on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at the age of 67 while he was at his Del City home surrounded by his family. Gary was born in Kansas City, MO. on August 25th, 1945 to parents Virginia Lamb and Daniel Hale Sr. He grew up in Lee's Summitt, MO. and was raised by his stepfather and mother, Harlan and Virginia Butts. Gary served in the Air Force and was stationed at Holloman Air Force Base outside of Alamogordo, NM. where he met the love of his life and devoted wife, Tommie Hale, and where married July 1, 1967. They had 2 children, Leslie Hale Showalter and Gary Dean Hale Jr. Gary also served in the National Guard and Civil Service for a combined 39 years of service. He finished his career while working for Tinker Air Force Base as a Quality Inspector and retired in 2007. Gary volunteered for many years with the Special Olympics in Stillwater, OK. and had a passion for old cars, as well as old Western books and movies. Gary always had a smile on his face and had a huge loving heart for all that knew him and always an upbeat disposition. Gary is survived by his wife of 45 years, Tommie Hale, and his children, Leslie Hale Showalter, Gary Dean Hale Jr. and his wife Regan Hale, as well as grandchildren, Nixon Showalter and Parker Hale. Gary also left behind a brother, Daniel Hale, and two sisters, Lynn Olive and Janice Dalton and his stepmother Judy Hale. Gary was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Lamb, stepfather Harlan Butts, father Daniel Hale Sr. and brother Lanny Butts. Funeral services are being held on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at Liberty Christian Center (previously known as Alethia Temple) at 10 a.m. in the morning. Gary will be laid to rest at Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City.


  • Visitation Monday, October 8, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Emily Deal Scott

October 21, 2012

Gary was an amazing Dad and husband and I know your loss is huge. Much love to all of you during this difficult time. I will always remember him for how much he loved and was so proud of Leslie and Dean.

Mandy Gattenby

October 21, 2012

I remember Gary being a tall, strong, hardworking man. I remember his voice. He was the epitome of "father". I remember how fiercely he loved Leslie and how special their daddy-daughter bond was. So much love to Tommie, Leslie, and Dean during this difficult time.

Kate McNamara

October 18, 2012

May you rest in peace Gary. And, may all those who loved you so much find comfort in others as they grieve, esp., Tommie, Leslie, Dean, Lynn, Janice & Danny.

Jennifer Dalton

October 12, 2012

I love you Uncle Gary

Jennifer Dalton

October 12, 2012

He was a wonderful man and Uncle! I have a huge void in my heart but know it will heal soon knowing that he has been rejoined with his Mom and Dad and brother! Say hi to Grandma and Grandpa Butts Uncle Gary I love you with all my heart and you will be missed.

Jennifer (Burchett) Carter

October 11, 2012

I remember his smile and his laugh. When we were kids I can't recall a time that he didn't have a smile on his face. And he had a great laugh that was uniquely his. Blessings to you Tommie, Leslie, Dean and family.

ed miner

October 9, 2012

Best of All for Gary.
Gary knew what it was all about ane was a humble guy that everyone liked to be around. He will be missed by all he knew.
Cez Ed