Kenneth Rosel Hale, 63 of Oakley, Idaho passed away April 2nd, 2019 from a sudden illness at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise with his brothers near his side.
Kenneth was the second son of Vernon Kent Hale and Helen Warwood Hale, born on August 14th, 1955 in Burley, Idaho. He was raised mostly in Oakley in the house built by his great-grandfather, where his own father was raised, and the house where he spent his final days.
He received most of his primary education in Oakley and thereafter, was a student of life. He thoroughly enjoyed learning, researching and seeking knowledge through books and the Internet. Kenneth was, it sometimes seemed, an eternal spring of information.
Throughout his life, Kenneth worked with his father, stonemason Kent Hale at many locations around the Magic Valley. He also worked for the City of Oakley, was a lifeguard at the swimming pool, and operated a stone saw for Northern Stone Supply. He also gave of his time and talents to the Oakley Valley Arts Council (OVAC) where he helped build sets for many productions over the years.
For several years, Kenneth and his brother Dwight provided around-the-clock care for their father Kent after a stroke took away his ability to care for himself.
He was a bicycle enthusiast and it wasn't uncommon for him to ride to Burley and back and on occasion, even to Twin Falls and back. Kenneth could be spotted on his bicycle, any given day at random locations throughout the Oakley valley and nearby hills. He especially loved to ride to and around the City of Rocks, often not returning home until well after dark.
Kenneth was a jack of all trades and could salvage almost any item. If you needed something, chances are, he would have it. He was very frugal and believed strongly in the philosophy of "waste not, want not".
Uncle Kenneth was loved by his nieces and nephews. He always had treasures for them whenever they would visit the homestead in Oakley. He was a fun uncle and taught the kids a game like "Tag" called "Touched You Last" and they would end almost every visit with a quick session.
Kenneth is survived by brothers Dwight Kent Hale, Brent Tracy (Lisa) Hale, Nephews; Mikel (Kami) Hale, Konner Hale, Nieces; Kazya Evans (Zack Baker), and Savanna Hale.
In Kenneth's honor, memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Howell's Opera House, 160 Blaine Avenue in Oakley. Kenneth's family will greet friends at a gathering on Friday, April 12th from 7-8 pm at the Morrison-Payne Funeral Home, 321 East Main Street, Burley, ID.
Special thanks to the Oakley Quick Response Team members, St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, Twin Falls, and St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Oakley Valley Arts Council in Kenneth's name. OVAC, PO Box 176, Oakley, ID 83346. Or call 208 677-ARTS.
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