Richard “Dick” Hale

Richard Lee “Dick” Hale, 89, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at his home in Lawrence.

Dick was born January 3, 1930, to Glenn and Ruby Hale of Mankato, Kan. He was the youngest and last surviving of five siblings: John, Fred, Arden and Maxine. He was raised in Mankato where in high school he excelled in scholastics, football, basketball and track. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1952 with a degree in Journalism and shortly thereafter was inducted into the U.S. Army. He attended the school for the Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) and was assigned to Upstate New York during the Korean War era.

In his junior year at KU, Dick had a blind date with Nancy Craig of Cresco, Iowa. The couple has been together ever since. Dick and Nancy were married in her hometown in February 1953 and celebrated their 66th anniversary in 2019.

Upon leaving the Army in 1954, Dick and Nancy moved to northwest Kansas where Dick became owner and publisher of the St. Francis Herald and the Bird City Times. If asked to name his “home,” Dick would say it was St. Francis where he, Nancy and family were an integral part of the community for two decades and where they gained many lifelong friends.

Both papers were sold in 1974. Dick then transitioned into a series of national magazine editing positions. Dick edited Golf Course Management in Lawrence (1974-76 and 1980-82), PGA Magazine in North Palm Beach, Fla., (1976-80) and was Editor and Publisher of Dental Economics in Tulsa (1982-97). Upon retirement in 1997 Dick and Nancy returned to Lawrence.

Dick was involved with numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Kansas Press Association, Rotary, Shriners and several church boards of directors. He was a lifelong member of the KU Alumni Association and is past president of Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence.

Dick had many passions, none greater than family. A dedicated and loving husband, father and “Papa,” by example he instilled in his charges such values as self-respect, honesty, integrity,

hard work, compassion and patriotism. He was a man of keen intelligence, good-natured wit and one who expressly made fun an important part of his daily agenda. He was a gifted journalist, writer and storyteller.

Dick and Nancy loved to travel and visited much of the United States and parts of Europe. Few things, however, equaled Dick’s passion and enthusiasm for the game of golf, of which he was a skilled and competitive player up to the final year of his life. He loved all sports, especially so when the competition involved his children and grandchildren and most certainly his beloved KU Jayhawks. He enjoyed New York Times crossword puzzles, word-challenge games and bird watching. Dick was an avid reader of newspapers, periodicals and books and had a deep appreciation of music and the arts, most notably live theater performances.

Outgoing and personable, Dick accumulated an extensive and treasured network of friends through his work, travels, church, athletics and social activities. Wherever Dick and Nancy journeyed, invariably new friendships and relationships resulted. Dick considered those friendships a true blessing.

In addition to wife Nancy of the home, survivors include four children, eight grandchildren, 10 great children and several nephews and nieces: son Steve Hale and wife Sharyl, Gardner, Kan., and their sons Tyler Hale and partner Kali Park, and Dylan Hale and his sons Craig and Rylen; daughter Kris Hale Shurtz and husband Mike Shurtz, Lawrence, and their son Tad Shurtz and wife Monica and their son Jude and daughters Ruby and Willow, and daughter Shelby Shurtz; son Mike Hale and wife Jerri, Omaha, Neb., and their sons Lee Hale and wife Jennifer and their daughter Rosylnn, and son Thom; daughter Sarah Hale Wilcher and husband Todd Wilcher, Kansas City, Mo., and their son Cleve Wilcher and wife Caitlyn and their son Boone and daughter Toby, and daughter Piper Wilcher Maranjian and husband David Maranjian and their sons Phineas and Cyril; and nephews and nieces Gary Hale (Kay), Connie Hale Jensen (Kendall), Marla Hale Dorgan and Valerie Hale Bearley (Craig).

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St., Lawrence. Interment will be at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery at a yet-to-be-determined date.

Visitation with family will be at Plymouth Congregational Church at a post-services reception. The family suggests memorials to Plymouth Congregational Church, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Hospice and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Messages & Condolences

From Don Johnson...

The Johnson family is saddened by the passing of a family patriarch!! Dick and Nancy have been such a vital part of the Johnson-Rydell legacy!! We will miss and remember Dick for his ever-present love of family!! Nancy, you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers!! We love YOU!!!

From Sheree Wingo...

Praying for all of you. Paper was better because of him.

From Norm and Marcia Runyon...

Nancy, oh how we have been blessed to have had Dick and you in our lives. Norm said Dick was the best story teller ever at the men’s coffee meetings. Our hearts are so sad for your (our loss). Know that we Village people will be here for you. Many prayers.

From Donita and Marc Bouton...

Kris and family-
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Please know that Marc and Donita Bouton will hold you and your family in prayer during this time of sorrow.
Sincere condolences
The Boutons

From Dr. Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka...

My heartfelt condolences, Nancy. May God give you strength and Grace through this period, and be with your family now, and always. Amen. Stay blessed.

From Clara Hartley Shub...

Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers! I have fond memories of your family!

From Dean and Judy Bevan...

Nancy, Judy and I are thinking of you and your family. It was a privilege to know Dick, and we loved the times we spent with the two of you.

From Cynthia Galyardt...

Nancy, condolences to you and your family. Dick and I were distant cousins but never got to know each other. He passed away on the same day as my husband, Andy.

From Judy Niebaum...

Nancy, we are thinking of you with such caring sympathy! Bless your heart! I’m glad we are new neighbors! We’ll be seeing you here in our Village!! Love, Judy N & Dave M

From Susan Anderson...

Nancy, my prayers are with you at this difficult time. I enjoyed meeting your husband when you came to Cardiac Rehab and then again at the Chicken noodle dinner.

From Sue Dary...

Nancy, You’re in my thoughts and prayers also. I know all too well how you are feeling right now. God be with you and your family.

From Donna...

Nancy and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. – Donna & Jim Flory

From Cheryl Hewitt and David Schauner...

Nancy, our hearts are with you; Dick was a very special guy!

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