Leland James Hale was born on August 14, 1942 in Beach, North Dakota to Gladys and Edward Hale. He was the youngest of 10 children.
His family moved to Washington when he was a small child and he was raised in Vancouver. Lee graduated from Hudson's Bay High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Lee met Dayle, the love of his life on his 21st birthday in 1963. They were married on May 8, 1965. Lee and Dayle had three children, a son Chad and twin daughters Amy and Julie. They lived in Milwaukie, Oregon until moving to Portland to manage an apartment complex. In 2001 they purchased a vacation home in Depoe Bay, Oregon and retired there in May of 2015.
He worked for Griffith Rubber Mills, Howard Cooper and traveled to Borneo, Indonesia on a two year contract with Georgia Pacific, eventually retiring from Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare in July of 2006.
Lee loved many things; Football, reading Louis Lamour books (all of them), raising Shar Pei puppies, western movies, country music and black coffee.
The beach was his happy place. It is fitting that he was born in a city named Beach and passed away at his home at the beach surrounded by family.
Preceding him in death are his parents and 7 siblings; sisters Beverly Palmer, Betty Wray, Ruth Hayslip, Vera McKamey, Gladys Crumpacker; brothers Bill and Buzz Hale.
Left to cherish his memory forever, his loving wife of 55 years Dayle; children Chad Hale, Amy (Dwight) Terry, Julie Ober; grandchildren Chelsea Hale, Zack Mills, Marcus Terry, Hillary Davault, Preston Terry, Patrick Conner, Derrick Conner; great-grandchildren Trent, Braelynn, Charlie, Leah; sisters Elinore Lewis, Margaret Trinklein; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and his furry companion Lil’ Bit.
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