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Lester Sandy Hale

Lester Sandy Hale, 85, Union Center, SD, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Fort Meade Hospital.

Lester was born at Chalk Butte, SD, to Sandy K. and Hazel (Meisky) Hale on Oct. 30, 1926, and was raised near Chalk Butte. As a young man, he worked for different ranchers in the area herding sheep and feeding cows. In 1945 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving two years; spending time at Pearl Harbor after the bombing.

On May 23, 1954, he was married to Evelyn Grace Long at Sturgis and to this union, four children were born, Darla, Sandy, James and Christina.

He is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn; children, Darla (Ken) Sisel, Gillette, WY, Sandy (Rebecca) Hale, Box Elder, James (Teresa) Hale, White Owl, and Christina (Duane) Aaberg, Gillette, WY; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Leonard, Brett Hale, Rae Hale, Colby (Chelsie) Aaberg, Tye Hale, Wes Sisel, Tee Hale, Carley and Bailey Aaberg; two step-grandchildren, Christy Kolo and Jennifer Gray; sister-in-law, Bev Hale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, one brother, four sisters, and one infant sister.

Less ranched all his life and he especially enjoyed his horses. Less was found often humming a tune and singing in the car.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW, the Farmers Union, and R-CALF.

Memorials have been established to the Central Meade County Community Center and the Enning Volunteer Fire Department.

Visitation was held June 5, 2012 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 6, at the First Presbyterian Church with Harold Delbridge and Denzel Nonhof officiating. Burial followed at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.kinkadefunerals.com.