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(August 3, 1940 – December 25, 2010)

Nathan Allen “Al” Hale, 70, of Midland, passed away on Christmas Day, at home with his family. Al was born on Aug. 3, 1940, in Portsmouth, Ohio, the only son of his mother the late Ethel Hale. Upon graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Portsmouth, OH. Al was awarded a full math scholarship to Georgetown University. After serving his country as a soldier in Germany, Al’s educational pursuits also lead him to Wright State University in Dayton, Oh, where he earned a degree in geology. As an adult, Al was always interested in furthering his education, and his favorite past time was taking correspondence courses in statistics, philosophy, education and theology. On Aug. 9, 1980, he married the love of his life, Betsy, who survives him. He is survived also by his two children Bethany and Scott, both of Midland. Scott’s son Jaycob brought a new joy and love into Al’s final three years of life. Al’s children and grandson meant the world to him, and he was one of the pioneer “stay-at-home” dads. Al is survived also by two sisters and a brother, Shelbie Lewis and Michael Walter of South Carolina, and Patty Blankenship of Nevada. Other survivors include five nieces and a nephew. Al was a proud Catholic, and a member of St. Brigid Church. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2011 at the regular 6:45 am Scripture and Communion Service in St. Brigid of Kildare Church, Midland. His family thanks all those who made Al’s last months peaceful and comfortable, especially the staff of Seasons and the staff of Hospice. Since the education of children was one of Al’s special interests, those planning an expression of sympathy are urged to consider the scholarship fund of St. Brigid Catholic School of Midland. Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, is assisting the family. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.