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Roselawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

7500 North Clinton Street, Terre Haute, IN

OBITUARY

James Richard Hale

November 18, 1935March 19, 2020
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James Richard Hale, 84, of Terre Haute, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Gibson Family Hospice Center in Union Hospital, surrounded by family. He was born on November 18, 1935, in Terre Haute to Thomas Leo and Eva (Smith) Hale.

James is survived by his wife of over 25 years, Erika (Davis) Hale; daughter, Jana Hoopingarner and husband Bill of Terre Haute; son, Greg Hale and wife Lisa of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Ashlee Bartow of Ft. Myers, FL, Aaron Hale of San Angelo, TX, Brandon Hale of San Diego, CA, and Chelsea Hale of San Diego, CA; great-grandson, Ayden James Hale of El Paso, TX; brother, Thomas Hale and wife Loretta of Cape Coral, FL; sister, Carol Kruzan of Terre Haute; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wanda (Jessie) Hale; and a stillborn son, Richard James Hale.

James was a graduate of Gerstmeyer Technical High School. He served in the United States Air Force. A dedicated maintenance mechanic for Public Service, James retired after over 30 years of service. He was an active member of the German Oberlandler Club and a member of the Moose Club. James was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

An avid Indiana University fan, James loved to watch basketball. He also enjoyed relaxing on his front porch and watching the birds. Most of all, James was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will forever be remembered as a true family man. His final words expressed his love and gratitude for the two great women he had married during his lifetime, the pride that he had in his children, the love and joy he gave and received from his grandchildren, and how much his family meant to him. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation and services for James will be private. He will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to the Union Hospital Foundation. Roselawn Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net

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Alina Fischbäck

March 24, 2020

We are so thankful that we had the opportunity to spend almost two weeks with Erika and Jim last summer. We had so much fun together and we will always treasure those memories. Jim always made us laugh and we enjoyed every single second with him. He will be so deeply missed.

Erika, we are so sorry. We are always there for you. We love you!

Steffi Fischbäck

March 24, 2020

Jim was such a special man. We will never forget him. He will be deeply missed.

To Erika and his family: We are so sorry and our thoughts and prayers are with you!

With Love,
Norbert, Steffi, Alina & Jule,
Thomas, Kathi & Laura

Ric May

March 23, 2020

"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15. It was our honor to have served James, Erika, and the family while in the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care. We want to extend the heartfelt condolences from all the staff at Hospice of the Wabash Valley, along with many prayers full of Grace as we rejoice with all of heaven.

Gail Keyes

March 23, 2020

Erika,
Jim was a great guy. If the gang was planning a trip, playing our favorite card game, working the festival, or just getting together for dinner, Jim was always there . He helped see that things went as smooth as possible, and made us laugh. He will be greatly missed.

Gail and Reno

Linda Cooper

March 22, 2020

Erika,
So very sorry to hear about Jim. Thoughts are with you.

Linda

TOMMY AND DENNY GREEN

March 22, 2020

My brother Tommy knew Jim through the electrical trades. It was Tommy who introduced me to Jim one night at halftime of an Indiana State Mens basketball game. Tommy told me that night that Jim was a really nice guy, and as always, Tommy was right. We had the pleasure to visit with Jim at halftime of a game just this past season and of course the topic of IU basketball came up. We both truly enjoyed our visits with Jim, He will be sadly missed, and fondly remembered.
With our deepest sympathy,
Tommy and Denny Green

Marcia Clark-Berg

March 22, 2020

Jim's mother Eva was a good neighbor and my Mom, Dorothy Clark, was very good friends with her. May Jim be happy in heaven reunited with his Dad and Mom!

Dorothy Jerse

March 21, 2020

My Bill always enjoyed Jim Hale so very much. He was a good man.
It was always fun to be with Erika and Jim, thanks to the Terre haute German Oberlandler Club.

Mike n Jesnne Hopper

March 21, 2020

We will miss him, Jim was always helpful at fests and we enjoyed traveling with Erika and Jim on our club trips. We are so sorry that circumstances prevent us from being present in person to share your grief and enjoy the memory of Jim’s life. Love mike n Jeanne

Susan Tewell

March 21, 2020

To Jana & Greg,
We have such fond memories of your family! So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers!
Ed & Susan Tewell

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Biography

James Richard Hale, 84, of Terre Haute, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Gibson Family Hospice Center in Union Hospital, surrounded by family. He was born on November 18, 1935, in Terre Haute to Thomas Leo and Eva (Smith) Hale.

James is survived by his wife of over 25 years, Erika (Davis) Hale; daughter, Jana Hoopingarner and husband Bill of Terre Haute; son, Greg Hale and wife Lisa of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Ashlee Bartow of Ft. Myers, FL, Aaron Hale of San Angelo, TX, Brandon Hale of San Diego, CA, and Chelsea Hale of San Diego, CA; great-grandson, Ayden James Hale of El Paso, TX; brother, Thomas Hale and wife Loretta of Cape Coral, FL; sister, Carol Kruzan of Terre Haute; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Wanda (Jessie) Hale; and a stillborn son, Richard James Hale.

James was a graduate of Gerstmeyer Technical High School. He served in the United States Air Force. A dedicated maintenance mechanic for Public Service, James retired after over 30 years of service. He was an active member of the German Oberlandler Club and a member of the Moose Club. James was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

An avid Indiana University fan, James loved to watch basketball. He also enjoyed relaxing on his front porch and watching the birds. Most of all, James was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will forever be remembered as a true family man. His final words expressed his love and gratitude for the two great women he had married during his lifetime, the pride that he had in his children, the love and joy he gave and received from his grandchildren, and how much his family meant to him. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Visitation and services for James will be private. He will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to the Union Hospital Foundation. Roselawn Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net