James William Hale died March 19, 2010 in Gettysburg, Pa. He was 71.
He was born Aug. 11, 1938 in Ashland, Ky., to Chandler and Erma Lee
(Clifton) Hale, who preceded him in death, as did his sister, Carol (Hale)
He served in the Army in Germany, in Texas, and at the Redstone Arsenal in
Alabama, where he was involved in missile maintenance. He attended Ashland
Junior College and Indiana University Northwest, where he majored in
He was a supervisor at Inland Steel in East Chicago for more than 30 years
in both steelmaking and coke production, winning many awards for inventions
that improved efficiency.
He lived in Northwest Indiana locations including Gary, Portage, East
Chicago, and most recently Valparaiso. He was a hard worker who loved books
and words, and taught those values to his sons.
He is survived by sons James Clifton Hale (wife Dr. Susan Russell) of
Gettysburg, Jonathan Allen Hale (Janet Winandy) of Valparaiso, and Matthew
Lee Hale of Propsect, Ky.; grandchildren Samuel of Gettysburg, Meagan and
Aaron of Valparaiso and Sophia, Brigitte, and Ava, of Prospect, Ky.; former
wife Barbara (Stone) Hale of Valparaiso; niece Vicki (Wright) James of
Ashland; nephew Paul Wright of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and several cousins.
No services are planned. Burial is planned at Ashland Cemetery. Memorial
donations may be sent to Gettysburg Lutheran Retirement Village, 1075 Old
Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA, 17325. The family would welcome written
reminiscences and photos, which can be sent to
or PO Box 3814, Gettysburg, PA, 17325.