Preston S. Hale, 90, passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2011) at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation.


Preston S. Hale, 90, passed away on Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2011) at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation.
He was born on Oct. 11, 1920, in Hesston, the son of Abe and Flora Bell (Lee) Hale. Preston served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following his service, he went to work for Santa Fe Railroad as a car man for 35 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 971; American Legion Post 2; active member of the Newton Church of the Brethren; Masonic Temple Blue Lodge 142 (and all masonic affiliations) Royal Arch-Nights Templar; and was instructor of the Wichita Scarlet Lancers Drum and Bugle Corps.
On July 5, 1941, he married Marie E. Ransford in Newton. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Leonard S. (Jacqueline) Hale of Halstead; a daughter, Connie R. (John) Rhodes of Newton; three grandsons; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Opal Swift of Seattle.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Greg Hale and Carthal William Hale; and three sisters, Effie Sawyer, Iva McCann and Mable Akers.
Cremation has occurred, and there will be a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday at Newton Church of the Brethren, 520 Columbus, with burial at a later date at Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Fort Dodge.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.
Petersen Funeral Home of Newton is in charge of the arrangements.