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David L. Hale

February 12, 1918 - June 9, 2017

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Final "TAPS" was sounded for David Lincoln Hale when he passed, June 9, 2017, in Byers, TX after a decline in health. A member of the "Greatest Generation" David was a CW04 (retired) USAF, WWII Veteran with 30 years of U.S. Military service.
Born on Lincoln's birthday, February 12, 1918, in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Hale was the youngest of three children born to George F. and Hatty M. Eggleston Hale. He attended Minneapolis Public Schools and received a BA in Music from the University of Minnesota
In 1940, Mr. Hale joined the Minnesota Coast Guard...

Final "TAPS" was sounded for David Lincoln Hale when he passed, June 9, 2017, in Byers, TX after a decline in health. A member of the "Greatest Generation" David was a CW04 (retired) USAF, WWII Veteran with 30 years of U.S. Military service.
Born on Lincoln's birthday, February 12, 1918, in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Hale was the youngest of three children born to George F. and Hatty M. Eggleston Hale. He attended Minneapolis Public Schools and received a BA in Music from the University of Minnesota
In 1940, Mr. Hale joined the Minnesota Coast Guard Artillery, which was activated on December 8, 1941. He was shipped to San Francisco, and applied for, and was accepted to the Army Music School in Washington, D.C, where he graduated with honors and was commissioned a Chief Warrant Officer and Band Director in the Army Air Corps, which later became the United States Air Force. During his military service, Mr. Hale served in Minnesota, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. His overseas assignments were Washington, Germany, Tripoli, Libya and Okinawa, Japan. His last post before retirement was director of the 761st Air Force "Band of the Oil Belt" at Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX, where he retired in 1971. He moved to Byers in 2010.
David L. Hale and the love of his life, Mary Grace Darby of Minneapolis, MN, were married on January 6, 1942 in San Francisco, California. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with a family reunion this past December. He is survived by his wife, Mary Grace; son Bruce D. Hale and his wife Carol of Byers, Texas and daughter Audrey L. Voight, of Wichita Falls, TX. Grandchildren are: Mary Riggs-Cuyno of Joshua Tree, CA, Terri Hale Whitgrove of Byers, TX, Christy Riggs of Belpre, Ohio and Tracy Hale-Salkowski of Royce City, TX. Also surviving are great-grandchildren; David Cuyno, Jaclyn Cuyno, Arron Riggs, Caled Riggs, Shane Whitgrove, James Hayden Whitgrove, Bruce Dawson Hale and one great-great grandchild.
Mr. Hale was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, including University United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Couples Class, also the Byers United Methodist Church. He also served as a choir director for Iowa Park Methodist Church. He was a member of Armed Forces Musicians Associations, Maskat Shrine, Faith Masonic Lodge and Knight's Templar.
Music was always a central part of Mr. Hale's life. He played solo violin in church at age 5. At Central High School, he played trumpet in the band, and was a "bugle call" champion. Later, he was a drum major in 216th Coast Artillery Band. He was a master on French horn, and played with the Wichita Falls Symphony, where he also served as librarian. He often played horn with the Midwestern Band. In his private studio, he taught French horn lessons to high school and college students.
He played bugle many years for Masket Temple Drum and Bugle Corps, in which he competed nationally and won numerous first places and solo gold medals in North American Shrine Association Drum Corps competitions. He was a member and director of Wichita Falls Community Band, and he helped organize the brass ensemble "Second Time Around" in Wichita Falls.
Mr. Hale won military commendations for writing and arranging the Libyan national anthem and training a drum and bugle corps of Libyan and American school boys who played for Kind Idris III and Vice President Nixon.
A career highlight was directing the Sheppard Air Force Band in Houston at NASA for President Nixon when he welcomed the Apollo 11 astronauts. Neil Armstrong, Ed "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins when they left quarantine after the first moon landing.
At age 97, Mr. Hale was the oldest bugler to audition for, and was accepted into, "Bugles Across America," an organization which provides live bugle TAPS for military funerals. In 2015, Mr. Hale was selected by the Honor Flight Association to travel to Washington, DC, where he sounded TAPS at military monuments and war memorials. While in Washington DC, he was recognized by the UASAF Band Director, Col, Arnald D. Gabriel.
Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1971, Mr. Hale started Hale Piano Service with his son Bruce, and became a registered piano technician in the Piano Technicians Guild and served as Texoma Chapter President.
Visitation is Tuesday, June 13th from 6:00-8:00 P.M at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 14th at University United Methodist Church, located at 2304 Midwestern Parkway in Wichita Fall, TX. Burial will follow at Crestview Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to University United Methodist Church, Byers United Methodist Church and Hospice of Wichita Falls.
Online condolences can be made at www.hamptonvaughancrestview.com
Arrangements under the direction of Hampton Vaughan@Crestview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, TX.