Edward Earl Hales



Photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(October 16, 1916 - January 18, 1985)


The Lusk Herald
January 24, 1985


Edward E. Hales

Edward E. Hales died Friday evening, Jan. 18, at the Niobrara County Hospital after a long illness. He was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Crawford, Nebr, the son of Lee and Jennie "Mae" Cooper Hales.

He married Alice M. Swope April 25, 1936, in Newcastle. He worked as a rig builder from 1936 to 1942, when they purchased a ranch north of Lusk where they lived until 1946. He then owned and operated his own Dirt Moving Construction Company until 1962 when poor health forced him into retirement.

Hales had been a Charter member of the Elks Lodge No. 1797 since its' origin in 1949. He also served as a volunteer fireman in Lusk. He was a member of the Niobrara County Sportsman Club. He also served Lusk as the animal control officer for several years.

He was preceded in death by his father, a sister and an infant daughter.

Survivors include: his wife, Alice of Lusk; two daughters: Mrs. Tom (Dora Lee) McCrary of Titusville, Fla. And Mrs. Fred (Wahnita) McCoy of Hereford, Texas: for grandsons: Rick McCrary of Fort Collins, Colo., Shain, Justin and Jason McCoy of Hereford, Texas; his mother, Jennie "Mae" Hales of Lusk, three brothers: Warren "Lee" Hales of Cody, William Hales of Lusk and Wayne Hales of Casper; a granddaughter-in-law, Colleen McCrary of Fort Collins and several nieces and nephews.

Services for Edward E. Hales were held at the Peet Mortuary in Lusk on Jan. 21.

Officiating was Rev. Mark Lohr. Music was by Minerva Watson, organist and Mark Lohr sang "The Last Roundup" and "Red River Valley."

All friends were considered honorary pallbearers.

The active pallbearers were Lee Hales, Sam Hales, Larry Hales, Mike Hales, Fred McCoy and Rex Groves.

Interment was at the Lusk Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were by the Peet Mortuary.




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