Larry Junior Hale


Funeral services for Larry Hale, 65, of Cherry Creek, SD, were held Monday, January 21, at 11:00 a.m., at the Eagle Butte High School Auditorium. Burial, with military honors, followed at Cherry Creek Mormon Cemetery, under the direction of Stout Family Funeral Home, Mobridge. Friends and family met at the 4-mile Jct. at 2:00 p.m. Sunday to process to the auditorium for an all-night wake with services beginning at 7:00 p.m. Larry entered the spirit world January 14, 2013.

Larry Junior Hale was born March 14, 1947, at Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota, to Robert and Isabelle (Ward) Hale. He attended grade school in Cherry Creek and St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain. He went on to attend Eagle Butte High School.

In 1967, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving several tours of duty in Vietnam. Larry was a highly decorated soldier, receiving numerous awards, including a purple heart for wounds received in connection with military operations against hostile fire and an Army commendation medal for exceptionally meritorious service in support of military operations against communist aggression in the Republic of Vietnam.  He was discharged as an E-4 on December 3, 1970.

Larry enjoyed playing baseball, serving as the pitcher for the men’s Cherry Creek team. He also enjoyed rodeo, and thought about making it a career until a hard fall produced a shoulder injury.

Larry married Delia Condon July 3, 1980 in the LDS Mormon Church, and they were later sealed in the Mormon Temple. They made their home in Cherry Creek. Larry served as a tribal policeman for several years, a maintenance man with the Cherry Creek School and as a ranch hand for Raymond Neuhauser for over 20 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, beading and supporting veteran’s events and ceremonies.

Grateful for having shared Larry’s life is his wife of 32 years, Delia of White River, SD; his daughter, Maude Hale, Dupree, SD; sisters, Martha (Erick) Hernandez of Rapid City, SD, and Connie (James) Bear Stops of Red Scaffold, SD; brothers, Richard Hale of Rapid City, SD, Cleo Hale of Cherry Creek, SD, and Herbert Hale of Eagle Butte; half-sisters, Lavina Eagle Chasing, Eagle Butte and Pat Red Fox of Takini, SD; his step-children, Delbert Stands, Cherry Creek, Lena (Bob) Buck, Pinetop, AZ, Crescentia Fast Horse, Cherry Creek, Cheryl Fast Horse, Salt Lake City, UT, Carlita (Dion) Brown, Eagle Butte, Aloysius (Tisha) Fast Horse, Jr., Eagle Butte and Lacquetta Fast Horse, Cherry Creek along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended tiospaye.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Isabelle (Ward) Hale; brothers, Edwin and Clifford Hale; sisters, Theresa Hale and Charmaine Harrison; stepdaughter, LaCasta Fast Horse Garcia and other extended tiospaye.


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