Daniel Lee Hale died on February 20th 2018 at Spectrum Health in Hastings Mi. Dan is survived by his Wife Shirley Hale (Huyck) daughters Tania Phillips, and Nikol Newton, sister Debra Frey and nieces Tori Mascho and Mindy Westra. Preceding him in death were Richard and Ruth (Baumgartner) Hale who had the ultimate pleasure of giving birth to Daniel on February 11, 1953 in Battle Creek, Michigan. He graduated from Delton Kellogg High school in 1971, with his best friend and brother he never had, Ralph Decker who would later become Godfather to Dan’s pride and joys. He met the love of his life Shirley Huyck at Phil’s Still on New Year’s Day 1971, at the magical hour of 4:00pm. That magic continued, and they married on September 9th 1972. It took three years of that magical bliss before they received their first daughter, Tania on March 8th 1975. Three must be Dan’s lucky number because in 1978 on April 28 his second and final daughter Nikol arrived. You would think that Dan’s life would be complete, but no, the best was yet to come. He was able to marry them off to the son-n-laws he had always wanted. Tania married Dennis Phillips on May 5th 2001. Which then led to Dan’s ultimate joy, his grandson Soren Phillips on July 17th 2006. Then, to not make things too confusing for Dan, Nikol married Josh Newton on May 5th 2007.
Dan was a man who was never afraid of hard work. Shortly after completing high school, Dan started a cement finishing business with his father Richard Hale. He then created his own logging company CDL so he would always have an excuse to go play in the woods. Dan always had his hands in one thing or another but his true love was farming. So he crafted his own petting zoo, becoming a great farmer of miniature animals. “Hales Knee-Hi Mini Farm” which brought awareness to minor breeds.
Daniel Hale lived and died volunteering and giving back to those around him. In the 70s Dan was fundamental in the creation of C.E.R.T.S. which helped to enrich and save lives in the community. He was also a staple figure during Prairieville Farm Days. Of course from 1986 to 2005 4-H was his passion. From being a Superintendent or Leader, Dan was always involved. Then for the past 7 years till the day he died, Dan spent his spare time involved in the Orangeville Community Outreach. Where along with distributing food to local communities and participating in clothing drives, he provided the best hugs in the world.
Dan was definitely not all work. He was an avid reader and film enthusiast, but his priority has always been about family. Dan enjoyed his family canoeing and camping trips on the Pine River, drinking coffee, trips to the zoo, drinking coffee, watching Godzilla with his grandson, drinking coffee, spending hours discussing the historic and social implications of the different facets of WWII with his daughter. And of course Dan loved his coffee, without a doubt Folgers will miss him the most.
Dan passed away Tuesday February 20th at 10:03am doing what he loved with his friends by his side. It is a loss not only felt by his family and friends but the countless lives he has touched with his generosity. Dan’s family will receive friends Saturday, February 24, 2018, 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Williams-Gores Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Orangeville Community Outreach or the needs of the family will be appreciated. Please visit www.williamsgoresfuneral.com to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Dan’s family.