Donald Walter Hale age 68 of Bellwood, Alabama, passed away on September 1, 2021 at his home. Don was born in Alma, Michigan on October 7th, 1952, the son of Cora & Harold Hale.
Don raised his family in Central Michigan as a cash crop farmer alongside his father and brothers. He then turned one of his hobbies of fabrication into his career. Don was an avid gardener and enjoyed spending hours tending to his vegetables and flowers. He enjoyed and spent a lot of time camping with his family all over the state of Michigan. Don had a passion for fast cars, motorcycles, and racing 3 wheelers on ice. He enjoyed building his own ATV’s long before the ATV boom as well as building R/C cars from scratch and racing them. Don will always be remembered as one of the best grill master’s around. He was at his happiest when he was manning the grill with his friends and family around enjoying a cold beer.
Don and Ginny lived in Steamburg NY for 10 years (2001-2011) where he worked and retired from Rand Machine in Falconer NY as a machinist. After he retired they moved to Daleville Al., where they have lived for the last 10 years. Don spent the last decade of his live enjoying the small things in life. He enjoyed planting and maintaining his Pecan trees, growing vegetables, feeding the humming birds, and clearing and cutting wood at their home.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years Ginny (Fisher) Hale, children: Sarah (Rod) Mizer of St. Louis MI, Josh (Valarie) Hale of Huntsville AL; step-children: Ryan (Kristine) McKay of Little Valley NY, Carrielynn McKay of Kennedy NY, and Rindell McKay of Anderson IN; his siblings: Jim (Nola) Hale of St. Louis MI, Lyle (Mary) Hale of Alma MI, & Lois Osterhout of Kingman AZ. He is also survived by two grandchildren: Jacob Sunders of Alma MI, and Kaetriyana Guthrie of Vestaburg MI and 10 other bonus grandchildren. Don was preceded in death by parents.
A cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Online condolences can be sent to smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis Chapel.
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