Gabriel Hale, age 93 of Maryville, IL, born, February 3, 1921 in Fredericktown, MO, passed away at 11:28 pm on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville, IL.
Gabriel retired from American Steel as an overhead crane operator. He attended Revive Church in Collinsville, IL. He was a hard worker. Gabriel loved farming on his farm in Patton, MO, hunting, and cutting grass at Stonebridge Golf Course in Maryville, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Nola nee Killian Hale; his first wife, Marcella nee Franks Hale; six brothers: Allen, Arlando, Hubert, William, Howard and Stephen Hale; five sisters: Gertrude Baker, Mary Mathes, Juanita Hale, Pauline Wilkinson and Nina Gross; a grandson, Andrew James Hale; a great grandson, Nicolas Hann; a great grandson Jonah Smith; and a great granddaughter Lilly Joy Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Sue nee Hankins Hale, whom he married on December 5, 1986; three daughters: Dorothy (Billy) Hall of Maryville, IL, Shirley (Earl) Howard of Collinsville, IL, Betty (Alan) Novich of Maryville, IL; two sons: Vernon Hale of Caseyville, IL and Alvin (Pat) Hale of St. Louis, MO; stepdaughter, Kim (Joseph) Osborn of Maryville, IL; five step sons: Tim (Sara) Perkins of Maryville, IL, Mark (Lisa) Perkins of Edwardsville, IL, Dan (Diane) Perkins of St. Louis, MO , Greg (DiAnn) Perkins of Derby, KS, and Matt (Marybeth) Perkins of Orlando, FL; 15 grandchildren: Cynthia (Mark) Buchheim, Vicki (Gary) Hann, Rhonda (John) Carlyle, Dennis (Andrea) Howard, Melissa (Miah) Cole, Kevin (Melinda) Howard, Theresa Hale, Veronica Hale, Jerry Pilgrim, Tina Holmes, Patti (Andy) York, Chris (Erica) Kimball, Scott Twente, Krista Twente Sands and Alena Hale; 16 step grandchildren: Mariah and Austin Perkins, Scott (Brooke) Osborn, Kayla (Shawn) Hartmann, Justin (Heather) Perkins, Zach (Rachel) Perkins, Nick Perkins, Rita (Dylan) Duke, Maria Witges, Adam Perkins, Andrea (Jerimiah) Williamson, Gregory Perjak, Brad and Alex Perkins, Breanna and Alyssa Perkins; 22 great grandchildren: Meagan (Austin) Martin, Joey and Jordan Buchheim, Ryan and Brooke Hann, Jarrica (Eric) Theiss, Jarrid (Jessica) Carlyle, Kalib Carlyle, Allysa Cole, Kaitlynn, Lexi and Landon Howard, Jonathan Holmes, Rebecca Vogt, Logan York, Jillian and Charles Kimball, Kathryn Twente, Kaitlyn, Kaleb, Hannah, Annaiah Smith, and Evie Hart; 8 step great grandchildren: Cohen and Karissa Osborn, Emily Perkins, James, Eva and Elizabeth Perkins, Rebekah and Sophia Williamson; a great-great grandson, Everett Carlyle; a sister, Runa Gross of Bonne Terre, MO; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3pm to 8pm Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, 2800 North Center Street, Maryville, IL.
Funeral service will be held at 10am Monday, July 14, 2014 at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Hale and Rev. Gregory Perkins officiating. Graveside services will be at 2pm in Walker Memorial Cemetery in Fredericktown, MO.
Memorials may be made to Revive Church and St. John Home and Community Care. Memorials will be received at the funeral home.
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