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William Hale

November 17, 1958 November 28, 2021
William Hale
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Obituary for William Hale

William (Will) Hale, age 63, Oxford, MI. Born November 17, 1958, Whittier, CA. Died November 28, 2021 at his home in Oxford. Loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle.

Will is survived by his wife of 28 years, Kim (Rohrer) Hale, Oxford, MI; one daughter, Olivia Hale, 24, San Francisco, CA; mother, Elizabeth Hale, Minnetonka, MN; sister, Heather Warm, San Francisco, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.

Will spent his childhood in southern California until the age of 11 when the family relocated to the Panama Canal Zone where his parents worked for the school system. He graduated from Cristobal High School, Panama Canal Zone in 1976. While in high school Will started his own horse and rider photography business, capturing the local horse set and was always a popular sight at the horse shows. After leaving the Canal Zone, Will graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering. After college, Will worked on Wall Street and in London, UK as a convertible bond trader for several years. He returned to Dartmouth to complete his master’s degree in Engineering in 1992 and eventually went on to earn a PhD. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Will began his career in the automotive industry when he and Kim moved to Oxford, Michigan in 1995. He was employed as a Powertrain Industrial Engineering Specialist at Stellantis (formerly FCA Group/Chrysler) in Auburn Hills at the time of his death.

Will had a deep passion for music and was particularly fond of classical music. He played the flute as a young boy but set it down in high school to make room for sports and other activities. When his daughter began playing the viola in 4th grade, Will began playing his flute again as a way of encouraging her to practice - he was hooked once again. He went on to play flute and piccolo in local community orchestras and had been playing with the Fenton Community Orchestra since 2015 which was something he truly loved. He especially loved performing “Stars & Stripes Forever” on the piccolo.

Will was also an expert trap and skeet shooter, having once made the U.S. Olympic Team trials. In addition to shooting, Will loved deep sea fishing. He and his family enjoyed annual “catch & release” fishing trips to Mexico and Central America for sail fish, marlin, dorado and tuna. He once caught 43 tuna in one day and loved to share that story with friends and family. When he wasn’t fishing or shooting Will spent his spare time buying, refurbishing, and reselling solid silver flutes and piccolos and looking for a good Bridge game.

In lieu of a funeral service at this time, the family is planning a spring celebration of Will’s life and love for music. Details to be provided at a later date.

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