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Ralph Harold Hale



(Ps 139:13-14):”For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Memorial services for Ralph Harold Hale, age 68, were held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Fairfield. Pastor Richard Heyduck officiated.

Ralph passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 as a result of injuries from a motor vehicle accident near Fairfield.

Ralph was born July 2, 1950 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Carol and Chester Hale. Ralph was the youngest of three children who all grew up in Chicago, IL. Following high school, Ralph joined the US Navy and served aboard the USS Pyro. After his time in the Navy, Ralph returned to Chicago where he met his future wife Cindy. They were married June 22, 1980 and soon afterward moved to San Leon, TX. There, Ralph began his true life’s calling as a minister within the United Methodist Church. Ralph and Cindy would go on to serve at many churches across the state of Texas, sharing their strong faith and the Word of God with passion and devotion. Throughout this time he also worked to complete his theological studies at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In 2017, after a long and storied career within the Church, Ralph retired with Cindy to Dew, TX to enjoy a quiet life in the country and spend more time with their grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Cindy Hale; two daughters, Corey Mills and Stephanie Byrd; two sons, Jason Hale and Aaron Hale; two brothers, Joe Hale and Nathan Hale; and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

He is greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Lakeview Methodist Summer Camp Scholarship Program, 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, TX 75801.

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