Raymond M. Hale, 86, of Rembrandt, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 at Pleasant View Home in Albert City.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. Burial will follow in Little Sioux Valley Cemetery in Rembrandt with military rites by Sioux Rapids American Legion Post #394. Visitation will take place Thursday, Jan. 12, from 5-7 p.m. at Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake.
Raymond Morgan Hale was born Feb. 19, 1930 in Sioux Rapids, the son of Fred and Beulah (LaMar) Hale.
In his youth, he was confirmed at the Methodist Church in Peterson.
Ray attended high school in Peterson before joining the United States Army. He served his country for six years in the Army during the Korean Conflict and for 14 years in the Air Force.
On Aug. 25, 1956, Ray was united in marriage to Wilma Jean Stange at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. They were blessed with six children: Teresa, Jeanne, Michael, Lisa, Kim and Angie.
Ray was currently a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rembrandt. He also was a member of the Sioux Rapids American Legion.
Hobbies of Ray’s included attending the Alta races, buying lottery tickets and driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Ray especially loved being behind the wheel of any semi-truck. Everyone who knew Ray would say he loved life, and especially enjoyed his many grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Teresa Lammers of Rembrandt; Jeanne Iehl of Rembrandt; Mike (Elaine) Hale of Casa Grande, Ariz.; Lisa (Everett) Huffer of Cedar Rapids; Kim (Eddie) Farris of Rembrandt; Angie (Charlie) Grienke of Alta; grandchildren: Justin Lammers, Jill Henningsen (friend, Jeff Kies), Brian (Shayla) Iehl, Casey Iehl (friend, Molly Mills), John Hale (friend, Andrea Nail), Jessica (Tony) Loehr, Matthew Huffer, Melissa Huffer (friend, Vennie Ashford), Courtney Farris (friend, Damian Morton), Zachary Farris, Cody Grienke; great-grandchildren: Antonio, Sofia and Emelio Gonzalez; Drayke Kies; Jase and McKenna Iehl; Willow Morton; Myah Ashford; brothers: Billy Hale of Spencer; Harrison Hale of Sioux Rapids; sisters: Marlene (Don) Fassler of Watertown, S.D.; Germaine Jessen of Gillett Grove; Rachel (John) Krenk of Ida Grove; Ray’s close friend, Shirley Plagman; extended family and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wilma Jean; son-in-law, Kevin Iehl; brothers: Clyde and Bobby Hale; sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Marge Hale.