Richard Walter Bale, 80

Richard Walter Bale, 80, of Douglas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Grace of Douglas. Born May 29, 1934, in Fennville, he was the son of Walter and Cynthia (Richards) Bale.
Rich graduated from Fennville High School, was a United States Army veteran and worked for General Electric in Holland for 34 years.
Following his retirement Rich and Judy managed campgrounds in Florida and were managers of Saugatuck RV Resort for 25 years. He was a member of the Fennville Rod and Gun Club, and loved to fish, hunt, and spend time in the outdoors.
Surviving are his wife Judy (Dewitt) Bale; children, Bill Bale (Laurie Schreiber), Mike Bale, Lisa Bale and Richard Bale Jr. (Laura Kaiser); step-children Jeffery and Kurt Homkes and Julie (Greg) Engelsman; granddaughter Brandy Bale; step-grandchildren Kurtis (Alyssa) Homkes, Eric Schippa, Cody and Olivia Engelsman; step-great-grandson Jagger Homkes; brother and sisters Clare Bale (Shirley Steanburg), Donita (John) Macdonald, Barbara (Mike) Garcia, Don and (Martie) Bale and David Bale; brother and sister-in-law Carl and Ruth Tidd; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Chappell Funeral Home, Fennville. At his request, cremation will take place and a celebration of his life will be in the spring of 2015.
Memorial donations may be made to Great Lakes Hospice, Grace of Douglas, or Fennville Rod and Gun Club.
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