He had served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his mother, Margaret G. Diamond (nee Meese) of Elyria; three daughters, Batina Hale Lesco of Elyria, Brenda Hale of Lorain, Heather James of Iowa; two sons, Dennis Jr. (Jamie) of Iowa, William of Elyria; additional survivors include 12 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Hofmann (John), Nancy Resseger (Joe), both of Illinois; two brothers, James (Betty) of Elyria, Andrew (Lucinda) of Spencer; three nephews, Thomas (Julie), John (Robin), Robert (Robin).
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Hale; two brothers and two sisters.
Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria, (440) 322-4626. Graveside service will be at 1 P.M., Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Sunset Memorial Park, 6265 Columbia Rd., North Olmsted (please meet inside the cemetery main gate), where V.F.W. Post #1079 will provide full military honors.
Memorial contributions in Dennis' memory can be sent to the family in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com