SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A memorial service for Willard Orlin Hale, 95, who passed away on June 18 was held June 21 at Trinity United Methodist Church. A private service of committal was held at Ascutney Cemetery in Windsor.
Willard was born in Windsor, Vermont on April 8, 1917, a son of the late Orlin and May (Whitaker) Hale.
He was educated in Windsor, Vermont, and was a graduate of the University of Vermont and a Member of the Lambda Iota Society and IEEE.
He was employed as a Senior District Engineer for Westinghouse Electric, retiring in 1982 after 43 years of service. Willard was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield, Mass. for 50 years and served on various church committees, including the Administrative Board, Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and Missions Committee.
Willard is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years of marriage Elizabeth (Keith) Hale of Springfield, Mass., one caring sister Virginia H. Comstock and brother-in-law Raymond Comstock of Duluth, Minnesota, and several nieces and nephews. Willard, always with Elizabeth by his side, enjoyed fly-fishing the trout streams of Western Massachusetts, Lake Bomoseen, Vermont, and Salmon Lake, Maine, and was especially proud of his 1987 prize winning trout. In retirement he enjoyed photography and traveling by car throughout the United States and Canada visiting the National Parks.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and Dean Hale.
Willard’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all of the staff at Reeds Landing for their wonderful care and companionship throughout the years.
Memorial contributions may be made in Willard’s memory to New England Kurn Hattin Homes, Attn: Connie Sanderson, P.O. Box 127, Westminster, VT 05158.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Byron Keenan Funeral Home and Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen Street, Springfield, Ma 01118.
This obituary first appeared in the June 28, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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