Donald Dale Hallett, 83, of Lyons, Ohio, died at home March 28, 2018, with his loving wife of 60½ years by his side.
Dale was born Aug. 7, 1943, Weston, Mich., the third son of Donald and Mildred (Gillespie) Hallett. Dale lived his first few years in Weston and then moved with his family to his grandmother’s farm south of Lyons. He attended Lyons High School and graduated with the Class of 1952. He married Ruth Etter at the United Brethren Church in Adrian, Mich., on Aug. 23, 1957. They lived in Lyons all of their married life except for 10 years when they lived in Delta.
Dale worked at Oro Manufacturing in Adrian before going into the Army. He served from July 1955 until May 1957, 11 months of which he spent in Germany. When he returned home he worked for the Metamora Elevator Co., then went to work at the Farmers State Bank of Lyons for 23 years, serving as vice-president when he left. Dale retired in 1997 from Newing-Hall Co. in Toledo.
Dale was a member of the Lyons Christian Church where he served as an elder and board chair. He was on the Lyons Volunteer Fire Department for more than 35 years and was Past Master of Royalton Union F & AM #434 and Past Patron of Magnolia #87 OES. Dale served as Royalton Township Clerk for 13 years and also served on the Lyons Village Council. He was also a charter member of the Lyons Lions Club formed on Oct. 28, 1958. He loved singing and sang with quartets, the last one being “The Friendship Singers,” for more than 18 years.
Dale enjoyed building and flying remote controlled airplanes and racing remote controlled cars with his sons David and Richard in the basement or wherever they could find room to do it.
In addition to his wife, Ruth, Dale is survived by a daughter, Margie A. (and Greg) Hallett-Langenderfer of Sylvania, Ohio; sons, David D. (and Ellen) Hallett of Lyons and Richard A. (and Sherri) of Delta; brothers, Robert (and Phyllis) Hallett of Sylvania and Lloyd (and Marlene) of Severna Park, Md.; sister-in-law, Joan Hallett-Bauer of Bryan, Ohio; grandchildren, Ben and Cari Langenderfer, Don (and Karly), Ross (and Katelyn), Nick (and Kelly), Zac (and Kathryn) and Zoe Hallett; great-grandchildren, Cameren, Hailey and Brayden; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Arden and Rex Hallett; and father and mother-in-law, John (and Alberta) Etter.
Visitation is planned at the Weigel Funeral Home, Metamora, Ohio, from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, where a Fireman’s Service will begin at 7 p.m. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Lyons Christian Church, with Pastor Heather Schimmel officiating. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at Lyons Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Lyons Christian Church or Lyons-Royalton Fire Department.