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Chester Dean Hale, 74, of Green City, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.

Dean was born on September 3, 1947, in Green City, to Joshua Chester “JC” and Billie “Jean” (Whitaker) Hale. He attended grade school at Rose Hill country school before attending and graduating from Green City High School in 1965. After high school, Dean went to work at Banquet Foods while also working on the farm.

On June 23, 1968, Dean married Karen Tipton and she survives of the home. Dean is also survived by three children; Angie Shuey (Rick) of Kirksville, Missouri, Heather Dodson (Ron) of Grain Valley, Missouri, Ansil Hale (Rachel) of Green City, Missouri, grandchildren: Ceci Drerup (Danny), Catie Colton (Chase), Cassie Shuey, Chandler Shuey, Colby Shuey, Mason Partin (Leslie), Michael Partin (Jordan) Marcus Partin, Marshall Partin (Paige), Evie Hale, Ansil Hale Jr., Ian Hale, great grandchildren; Ellie Drerup, Jayce Colton, Reece Colton, Bo Partin, Luke Partin, and Tucker Mills, brothers; Randy (Kandy) Hale of Milan, Rick (Teresa) Hale of Kirksville, Rocky (Sharon) Hale of Kirksville, sister in laws; Peggy Callahan of Milan and Joan Brummitt of Milan, brother in law Jim Tipton of Milan, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

While driving a school bus for Vo-Tech, Dean received a degree in computer programming. He then went to work for the Kirksville School District leading the data processing department. He then went to work for the Department of Mental Health as a computer programmer where he retired. After retirement, Dean joined his father at Hale Order Buyers. He also sold real estate. Dean served on the Board of Directors for Macon Mutual Insurance for over 20 years and was also on the Penn Township Board. In the fall of 1968, Dean gave his life to Jesus. He later served as an elder and on the board at the Milan Christian Church and University Christian Church in Kirksville. He loved working with the kids in Jr. Church and attending mission trips. One of his greatest highlights was baptizing his three children. Dean loved to talk and never met a stranger, but most of all loved spending time with his family and sharing memories.

A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Milan Christian Church with Hezekiah Sung Bauta and Mike Hostetter, Jr. officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to continue mission work in the Dominican Republic; make checks payable to Karen Hale.