Mr. Chester Guy Hale, age 92 of Bolivar and a longtime resident of the Huron Community, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at the Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility in Bolivar, MO.
Chester was born on February 19, 1917 the son of Pearl Elizabeth (Ashlock) Hale and Tommie Russell Hale. He was a member of the Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church at Polk, MO.
Chester was united in marriage to Opal Mae Frank on May 21, 1938 in Bolivar, MO and to this union four children were born. Shirley, Larry, Kay and Ron.
From 1947 to 1977, Chester owned and operated the Huron Store. He drove a school bus from 1953 to 1973 and Chester was elected to Four Terms as the Polk County Assessor, from 1973 to 1989.
Larry preceded him in death as did two sisters, Marceline (Ward) and Jereline (Warren) and one brother Garland
Chester is survived by his wife Opal Mae of 71 years; two daughters, Shirley Van Camp and Kay Holt and husband Harold all of Bolivar; and one son Ron Hale of Bolivar. Also his three grandchildren, Scott Van Camp of Jenks, OK; Stephen Holt and wife Rosetta of Reeds Spring, MO; and Sarah Holt of Reeds Spring, MO. His four great grandchildren, Spencer, Morgan and Garrett Van Camp of Jenks, OK and Jeremiah Holt of Reeds Spring, MO.
A visitation was held on Sunday, July 19, 2009 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM in the Butler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James O. Friend officiating. Musical selections was "In The Garden", "Amazing Grace" and a special song by Red Foley, "Peace In The Valley".
Casketbearers were Bill Bob Kallenbach, Denzil Roberts, Wayne Vest, Bill Barnhouse, James Whitman and Jim Davis. Burial was in the Mt. View Cemetery at Polk under the care and direction of the Butler Funeral Home of Bolivar.
Friends may sign the guest book or send private condolences at www.butlerfuneralhome.com