Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Richard "Richie" Paul Hale, Jr. 1968-2004

Richard "Richie" Paul Hale, Jr., son of Richard Paul and Mary Jo (McClanahand) Hale, was born October 16, 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri.

When Richie was a young boy, he lived and attended grade school in Granite City, Illinois. Richie and his family moved to the Pulaski County area where he attended Waynesville High School.

Richie was currently employed with the Stoner Construction Company from Dixon. He was also a steel worker with Ludwig Construction Company. He was a member of the Wingmen Motorcycle Club at Devils Elbow, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and most outdoor activities. Richie attended the Grace Covenant Christian Center at Buckhorn.

As a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in St. Robert, Missouri, Richie passed away the morning of Friday, June 18, 2004 in the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, at the age of 35 years, 8 months and 2 days.

He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered by his parents: Richard and Mary Jo Hale of Devils Elbow, MO; 1 daughter: Maranda Pauline Clements-Hale of Morrison, MO; 1 son: Anthony Paul Price of New Bloomfield, MO; 1 sister: Angie Hale McGlawn of Granite City, IL; 1 brother: Jacob Hale of Dodge, TX; 1 grandson: Ethan Towery; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 AM Monday, June 21, 2004 in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Pastor Judi Tillett officiating. The song "Amazing Grace was played. Richies niece, Crystal Humphreys gave a beautiful eulogy. Serving as escorts were Jacob Hale, Keith McGlawn, Mark Schneedle, Randy Baker, Andy Matyas, Neil Purdy, Jerry Shepard and Gerry Shaw. Serving as honorary escorts were Rich Hale, Sr., Anthony Price, "Sarge Kevin Sargent and Chris Leaverton.

Burial followed in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery with Richies friend, Peaches singing "Homeward Bound". Services were under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Richard Paul Hale, Jr. and may be left at the funeral home.

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