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James C. "Jim" Hale

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Oct. 26, 1933 - March 21, 2019

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James C. “Jim” Hale passed away on March 21, 2019, in Boerne. A memorial service will be held at Morningside Ministries at Menger Springs on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the Overlook Building, 1150 Grand Blvd. in Boerne.

Jim was born in Clarksville, Texas on Oct. 26, 1933, to parents Paul and Lucille Hale. He is survived by his wife Bobbi, whom he met while both were in college – they recently celebrated 64 years of marriage. He is also survived by his daughter Laurie Gallagher and husband Danny of Victorville, California, and son Gary Hale of Kerrville. 

Other survivors include his sister and brother-in-law Susan and Bill Jackson of Denton; brother-in- law James Jackson of Lafayette, Colorado; sister-in-law Laverne Allen of Mesa, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. Also, family member and devoted constant canine companion, Bella, misses Jim greatly. 

After graduation from North Texas State University and ROTC training, Jim received his USAF commission at Webb AFB in Big Spring. He was proud when then-Senate Majority Leader and future President LBJ pinned on his new Second Lieutenant bars. He received his pilot training at Moore AFB in Mission, then began a career of exactly 40 years of flying (to the day – March 31, 1955, to March 31, 1995). 

Highlights of those years include assignment to the Strategic Air Command at Larson AFB in Moses Lake, Washington. As Aircraft Commander of a KC-135 Jim and his crew spent long hours on the runway with the engines running, awaiting orders from President Kennedy to take off over the North Pole toward Russia during the Cuban missile crisis. Later in this same capacity Jim flew combat missions in the Vietnam Conflict. 

Upon return to March AFB in Riverside, California, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel. He began a dual flying career, transitioning into the AF Reserve 303 refueling squadron, and also becoming a commercial pilot for United Airlines. While at March AFB he also flew C-130s on air rescue training flights and some actual search missions.

In 1983 Jim and Bobbi moved to Littleton, Colorado, where Jim became a training check airman for United, and later served as a DC-10 standards captain. They moved to Fair Oaks Ranch in 1992, and he commuted to Chicago for flights until his retirement from United in 1995. During his years of flying he and Bobbi frequently enjoyed domestic and international travel, with Jim often flying the plane. Jim enjoyed retirement, became an avid golfer, and served on three boards in the community. They both also volunteered as ombudsmen through the Alamo Area Agency on Aging, serving nursing homes in the Boerne area as advocates for residents.

At his request, Jim’s body was donated to the UTHSC to support future generations of medical doctors in their search for cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations in Jim’s name to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, PO Box 369, Kendalia, TX 78029, or to Alzheimer’s Association, 10223 McAllister Frwy, Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78216, or to a charity of your choice.

The family greatly appreciates and thanks Alamo Hospice and the dedicated Morningside staff at Cibolo House memory unit for their gentle care of him in his final days. Their teams “went the extra mile” for Jim.