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Obituary: Ron Hale, Greenwood

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Ron Hale, 72, of Greenwood, passed away Oct. 7, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 2, 1941, in Troy, Ohio, to Robert J. Hale and Lavera (Arnett) Hale.

He was married to Patricia A. (Thompson) Hale; and she survives.

He graduated from Milton-Union High School in West Milton, Ohio. Ron graduated from Indiana State University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in industrial engineering technology and was a member of Epsilon Pi Tau International Technology Society.

Ron was a retiree of General Motors Allison Engine Co. (Allison Transmission) and EDS.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran (1st Mob Division) of the Vietnam War and had been stationed in South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

He was a classic car collector and a member of the Indiana Historic Auto Club.

He was a member of Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren in Greenwood, where he served as veterans program coordinator and was a member of the board of directors for the church. Ron also served on the board of directors of Warriors Hope. He was a member of the Greenwood American Legion Post No. 252 and Southport Masonic Lodge No. 270.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. (Thompson) Hale of Greenwood; son, Ryan A. (Alida) Hale of Greenwood; three granddaughters, Nikaya, Nadia and Nicolette; his mother, Lavera (Arnett) Hale of Greenwood; a brother, Robert J. (Sally) Hale Jr. of Fairbanks, Alaska; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Hale; and a sister, Sheila (Frank G. IV) Rankin.

Pastor Wayne Grumbling will conduct a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 875 N. State Road 135 in Greenwood. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church. The final resting place will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

The family requests memorial contributions in lieu of flowers be made to Christ Our Shepherd Church Veterans Fund by calling 882-0902 or the Indiana Blood and Marrow Transplantation Assistance Fund at St. Francis by calling 528-5500.

Swartz Family Church and Chapel – Funeral and Cremation Services in Greenwood is handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 881-0202

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