Mr. James A. Hale, Sr.

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Obituaries in Greencastle, PA | Echo Pilot

Mr. James A. Hale, Sr., 93, a resident of Menno Haven Retirement Community, Chambersburg, PA and formerly of Waynesboro, PA passed away Monday, May 15, 2023, in the nursing home.

Born August 30, 1929 in Ohio, he was the son of the late Joseph Hale.

Mr. Hale served with the United States Air Force, as an air traffic controller in Alaska, during the Korean War. He later received his Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan.

He and his wife, the late Gene Rebecca (Phelps) Hale, were married on August 29, 1959, in Ann Arbor, MI. Mrs. Hale died on January 20, 2019.

In his early life, Mr. Hale worked for Stone Container in Ohio. He later worked for many years as a Professor of Forestry at Penn State Mont Alto Campus. He retired in 1997.

He was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro and enjoyed puzzles, visiting National Parks and spending time with his grandchildren. He was also proud to have visited 49 of the 50 states.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Lois M. Hale of Centerville, VA; two grandchildren, Alexander Hale and Noelle Hale; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, James A. Hale, Jr. and one sister, Nancy Grove.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 25, 2023 in The Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, 105 E. Main Street, Waynesboro with Rev. Caroline A. Vickery officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services, Thursday morning, in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: The American Cancer Society at

Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro, is handling the arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Posted online on May 22, 2023

Published in The Record Herald