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Richard W. Hale | 1971-2018

Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Richard W. Hale

Richard W. Hale, 46, of Decatur, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Decatur.

Funeral was May 15, at First Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Ken May officiating.

Pallbearers included Thomas Hale, Ryan Hale, Jonathan Hale, Cameron Hale, Gerald Wright and Jacob Richardson.

Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur handled arrangements.

Richard was born July 9, 1971, in Columbus, Ohio, to Robert and Donna (Baker) Hale. He married Jenifer Rhoten March 5, 2005, in Fort Worth. Richard was a member of the First Baptist Church in Decatur.

Richard was a police officer since 2001, a volunteer firefighter and licensed paramedic. In his 17 years in law enforcement, Richard served Fort Worth, Newark, Decatur and the State of Texas. His grandfather, father and stepdad were also in law enforcement.

Richard was a mentor to young children and students of all ages in his community. He donated bone marrow and didn’t want any recognition from it. He fostered numerous children and adopted one as his own.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Etta Hale; son Lucas Hale; and stepfather Jim Glenn.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years; children Thomas, Ryan, Jonathan, Cameron, Cheyanne, Jackson, Kynlee and Brentley Hale; his mother, Donna Martin and husband, Wayne of Haslet; his father, Robert Hale and wife, Carol, of Joshua; sisters Daneen Hall and Dorene Payne and husband, Bill; two grandchildren; and grandparents Delbert and Donna Baker of Florida.

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