Joseph Edward Hale, 95 of McDermott completed his earthly journey on June 28, 2022 and is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior ringing those golden bells and singing in heaven’s angel choir.
He was born May 9, 1927 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Leona (Naomi) and Washington Irving (Irv) Hale. He graduated from McDermott High School and attended college at both Berea College and the University of Rio Grande, where he played varsity football and basketball.
Joe was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great, great grandfather. He retired from the Goodyear Atomic Energy Plant at Piketon after 46 years of service. He was also owner of Hale’s Furniture and Appliance in McDermott for many years.
He was a life-long member of the McDermott United Methodist church and also attended Edgewood United Methodist Church in Florida for 30 years after his retirement. He had a great passion for and donated many hours at the Methodist Children’s Home in Sanford, Florida and served on the Board of Directors for many years.
Joe was a 71 year member of the Lucasville Masonic Lodge, was 32nd Degree Scottish Rite of the Valley of Cincinnati and very active in the Portsmouth Shrine Club. He was a big supporter of the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati. He was also a member of the Portsmouth Elks and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He proudly served in the US Navy in WW2 and then in the US Army where he served in the 40th infantry Division in Japan and Korea during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Sergeant.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen Ramona; his three children – Joseph Lee (Flowie) Hale, William “Bill” (fiancé Jan), and Patricia (Larry) Moore. He is also survived by grandchildren Angela (Tod) Wiget, Shelly Taylor, Carmen (Brad) Smith, Nick (Tracey) Broughton, Eric Hale, and Dylan Hale; 7 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren.
Friends may call on Friday, July 1st from 5-7 pm at McKinley Home in Lucasville with Masonic service at 7:15. Visitation will also be held Saturday, July 2, one hour prior to the funeral service at 11:00 with Rev. Larry Moore officiating. Burial will take place at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott with graveside military service by the Wm. A Baker American Legion Post #360 of Lucasville.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Hillview Wesley Village for their love and care. They would also like to thank Dr. Ken Kuhn and the SOMC Hospice nursing staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Portsmouth Shrine Club, PO Box 957, Portsmouth, OH 45662.