PORTLAND - Omer B. Hale, a former resident of Camas, passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2003 in Portland. He was born March 31, 1928, in Keavy, Ky., to William and Dora Hale. He grew up in Kentucky and moved to Camas when he was 17 to work at the Crown Zellerbach paper mill. He worked there for 15 years, and then he became a general contractor working in the Camas/Washougal area. Mr. Hale moved to Ilwaco about 10 years ago.

He loved his family and friends and was a member of the First Baptist church in Camas. He belonged to the bowling association and enjoyed hunting, fishing and water skiing. He was very involved in the Camas Little League and helped build the ball field.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, three brothers, son Kenny Hale, and an infant daughter. Survivors include his wife Betty of Ilwaco; son Robin Hale of White Salmon; brothers Warren Hale of Corbin, Ky., Ed Hale of Lexington, Ky., and Harley Hale of Georgetown, Ohio; sisters Marie Hamblen, Gladys Pall, Erephene Hale, all of Keavy, Ky., and Virginia Bowling of London, Ky.; grandchildren Shannon Briones of Tigard, Ore., Heidi Hale of Bend, Ore., and Ryan Hale of Vancouver, and great-granddaughter Kaylee Rose Briones.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. at the Parkside Church in Camas. Vault interment will follow at the Camas Cemetery. Straub's Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorial donations may be given to a charity of the donor's choice.

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