Obit: Hales, Albert L "Bert" (1939 - 2009)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Hales, Krause, Biddick, Bates,
Brookhart, Brillowski, Eid, Steiner, Dahl, Miller, Lueneburg,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) November 4, 2009
Hales, Albert L "Bert" (4 February 1939 - 30
Albert L. Hales, 70, of Granton died peacefully
Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, in the Palliative Care Unit of St.
Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Albert L. Hales was born Feb. 4, 1929, in the
Town of York to Loren and Amelia (Krause) Hales. He married
Kathleen "Katie" M. Biddick Dec. 16, 1961, in
received his education at Granton School, graduating in 1957.
He attended UW-Platteville and received a degree in Agriculture
Education in 1961. He taught school at Viola and Reeseville
School Systems until May of 1963. He moved back to Granton to
take over the family farm and continued teaching part-time at the
Granton Schools, teaching sciences and mechanical drafting until
1970. In 1976 he became a janitor for the Granton Schools and
continued farming. He worked as a parts-man at Kuhl Implement
and was treasurer for 18 years for the Town of York. He drove
school bus for the Loyal School District. He retired from
farming in 2001 but continued to be active in many community events
with the FFA Alumni and other events.
Bert was an active member of the Zion American
Lutheran Church and friend of the York Center Methodist
Church. He held various positions on the church council and
recently was custodian of the church as well as being active on the
dart ball team.
Bert enjoyed the "simple things of life," the
beauty of nature, making maple syrup, picking blueberries,
gardening, making wood, playing dominoes, cribbage, getting
together with family and friends, sharing stories of the past and
watching his grandchildren grow and explore new
Survivors include his wife, Katie; his children,
Grace (Don) Bates of Plainfield, Jay Hales, Eileen Hales, Sonya
(Ken) Brookhart, all of Granton, and Joel (Tammy) Hales of Loyal;
his grandchildren, Kim (Scott) Brillowski, Josh Irwin and Emma Mae
Brookhart; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Scott and Peyton
Brillowski. He is further survived by siblings, Marjorie
(John) Eid of Winneconne, Jeanette (Francis) Steiner of Granton,
Alvin (Jean) Dahl of Loyal and Hazel Miller of
Preceding him in death were his parents;
step-mother, Verla (Dahl) Hales; three sisters, Lucille, Marie and
Evelyn; a brother, Norman; and a granddaughter
Funeral services for Bert were held at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, at the Zion American Lutheran Church in
Granton. Pastor Keith Lueneburg officiated. Marjorie
Dahl, organist, provided music. Visitation was held from 5
p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Gesche Funeral Home in
Neillsville. Interment was in the Windfall Cemetery in
Serving as Casketbearers were: Jay Hales, Joel
Hales, Ken Brookhart, Scott Brillowski, Jeff Eibergen, Keith
Eibergen, Gary Eibergen and Eric Eibergen.
Online condolences may be made at
The Gesche Funeral Home assisted Albert’s family with arrangements.
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