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Ralph Watkins Hales 1898 - 1957


Posted By: Charles E. Hales (email)
Date: 8/15/2003 at 14:13:56

Ralph Watkins Hales
Ralph Watkins Hales, son of John and Margaret Watkins Hales, was born near Mt. Sterling, Iowa, Sept. 16, 1898, and passed away after a lingering illness, at his home at 2:25 AM on Aug. 20, 1957 at the age of 58 years, 11 months and four days. He was the only son and the youngest child of this family
He was united in marriage to Gladys M. Brassfield on Dec. 23, 1922. To this union was born one son, Charles Eugene and one daughter Lela Margaret.
Ralph was a life long resident of the Mt. Sterling community having lived all of his life on the same farm. He loved to work for the good of that community, having served as a school secretary at the age of 18 and continuing in this capacity and on the school board throughout his life. He served as a trustee on the township board for 17 years.
A loving father and true friend will be missed by his wife, Gladys; one son, Charles E. and a loving daughter-in-law of Keosauqua; one daughter, Margaret, Mrs. Oscar Gregg of Ft. Madison; five grandchildren, Esther, Jim, John, and Steven Hales and Denise Gregg and one sister, Mrs. Willa Mize of Mt. Sterling. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and one sister Eunice.
Services were held Thursday, Aug. 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Center Chapel Methodist church, southeast of Keosauqua with burial in Center Chapel cemetery.
Source Record-Republican


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