Ernest Lynn Hale

May 10, 1942 - Dec 17, 2022

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Ernest Lynn Hale

May 10, 1942 - Dec 17, 2022

Place of birth

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Most recently lived in

Blacksburg, Virginia

Ernest's favorite hobbies

Running, Tennis, Playing the guitar

Ernest's favorite foods

Eritrean, anything Chris made

Favorite bands and musical artists


Interesting facts about Ernest

He was called the million dollar arm in Texas, became a professional calf roper at 18 years old, later moved to the Middle East where he worked for the Corp of Engineers, coached soccer, and helped his best friend move to Walla Walla, Washington from Saudi Arabia, the family was from Eritrea, he loved his beautiful wife Rose and five children

If you could tell Ernest anything today, what would you say?

I miss your laughter Dad

Ernest loved nothing more than

finding a solution, tennis, running, and making things better

Favorite place in the world


Ernest's profession(s)

Civil Engineer


Ernest “Ernie” passed away from a battle with cancer in his home surrounded by his family.

He was a professional calf roper at the age of 18 after winning numerous rodeos in Texas and Oklahoma.

Ernie met Charlotte Svoboda at a rodeo in California and her father told him there would be no wedding without a college degree. He was told by college counselor to study animal husbandry and to start with a high school diploma. Ernie told the engineering counselor “I will be back”.

He graduated with his Bachelors in Civil engineering and went on to retire from Corp of Engineers after reaching GS 13 and lived/worked in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel.

Ernie loved the Red Sea, marathons, finding solutions to problems, Greece, playing the guitar, tennis, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by five children Matt & Anita Hale, Louisville, Ky, Dave & April Bardy, Eugene, Oregon, Catherine Clevinger, Corvallis, Oregon, Luis & Jody Lopez, Eugene, Oregon, Chris Hale, Blacksburg, Virginia. Grandchildren Isaac Hale, Isaiah Hale, Joe Bardy, June Clevinger.

He will be missed for his strength of spirit, humility, tough as nails encouragement and never ending love now and always.

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Born on May 10, 1942

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Passed away on December 17, 2022

Blacksburg, Virginia

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