OBITUARY

Donald "Don" J. Haler

September 14, 1935August 4, 2019
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Donald J. “Don” Haler, 83, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, departed this world Aug. 4, 2019, and is now blending his beautiful voice in the heavenly choir. Don, son of the late Donald W. and Permelia Haler, was born Sept. 14, 1935, in New Castle, IN. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and was stationed in Okinawa. During that time a friend taught him to sign paint, an art he loved and turned into a 40-year successful career.

Don, a devoted Christian who was active in the Methodist Church, served on many committees and was Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church “Man of the Year” in 2001. He loved music and sang tenor and bass in choirs and quartets for many years. He loved to play golf and played two or three times a week with friends from the church. He was a Master Mason and a member of the Lodge in Sherwood.

Don is survived by his wife of 61 years Mary Nell Black Haler; two sons, Randy (Mary) of Sanger, TX, Gary of Moore, OK; four grandsons, Alex of Fountain, CO, Eric, U.S. Army Fort Bragg, NC, Ryan (Svetlana), U.S. Army on tour in Afghanistan, and Aaron of Edmond, OK; one granddaughter, Lauren, and one great granddaughter, Nicole, both of Edmond, OK; eleven brothers and sisters, Mary Kathern of Carthage, IN, Charlotte Sawyers of Raleigh Durham, NC, Larry (Rita) of New Castle, IN, Jim (Carol) Yorktown, IN, Dorothy of New Castle, IN, Dale (Millie) of Moscow Mills, MO, Ron (Ann) of Morgantown, IN, Mike (Rhonda) Haler of Buckcannon,W.V., Marsha Haler of Morgantown, IN., Kenneth (Patty) of Greely, CO, Lisa (Larry) of Carthage, IN. In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by a brother, Billy and a sister, Janet.

Visitation will be Thursday evening, Aug. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock. Service will be Friday, Aug. 9, at 9:30 a.m. at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, 9921 Highway 107, Sherwood, AR with Rev. Sara Bayles Charlton officiating. Burial will be at Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave., North Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Research, or charity of your choice.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Eric Haler, Pallbearer
  • Aaron Haler, Pallbearer
  • John Crum, Pallbearer
  • Bill Fraley, Pallbearer
  • Alex Haler, Pallbearer
  • Steve Scharenborg, Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Burial/Military Honors Friday, August 9, 2019

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Donald "Don" J. Haler

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T.J. Henwood PM - Secretary

August 7, 2019

The officers and members of Sylvan Hills Masonic Lodge extend our deepest sympathy to Mary and the Haler family at this time.

Robert Newberry

August 6, 2019

I have so many memories that it’s impossible to pick one. I literally grew up with Gary and Randy. Playing football in the front yard, skateboard contests in the driveway, spending the night at your house, or just hanging out, you and Mrs. Haler were always so welcoming. You were were one of the “ neighborhood dads”. One of many who helped raise us all. A man of character who you knew you could count on to help you if you needed it or snatch a knot in your tail if you needed it. Thank you for all those memories. It was a blessing and an honor to grow up around your family. God bless you Mr. Haler.

Rachele Thompson (Haler)

August 6, 2019

Uncle Donnie,
There are so many memories to many to share. A lot were made at the Family reuions. You're sure going to be missed, you always had a big smile on your face. You hold a very special place in my heart. I wish I could have seen you at the last reunion you were able attend. Give Grandma a hug for me. Until we meet again! Love you , Rachele Thompson (Haler)❤

kenneth haler

August 6, 2019

I remember you coming home and visiting with dad and mom in Indiana, some of the greatest times. The many times at the Reunions we shared with family. Don you will forever hold a place in my heart, i always looked up to you. You have always inspired me to be the best, no matter what life threw at me. You served your country in the military, and also you showed many people how a great sign-painter you was. I did follow your footsteps, Never Forgotten...
I Salute You. Kenneth and Patricia Haler

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