Roger Hale

Roger R. Hale

April 23, 1938 - June 14, 2017

Roger R. Hale resided in Coeur dí Alene, Idaho with Carolyn, his beloved wife of 56 years. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he met and married his college sweetheart and brought 3 children into the world, who then gave him 9 grandchildren.

Roger attended Tulsa University and Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeville, Kansas. He was college football player and an All-American shot and discus track athlete. Roger sold health and life insurance, serving as a sales manager for Penn Mutual and Lincoln National Life Insurance companies and later as an independent insurance agent for over 50 years.

Roger was an avid banjo player and often played with legendary banjo professionals including. He was featured in television programs and national banjo rallies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Roger played his banjo in a Tulsa band, which he helped form, known as The Green Country Trio. Most recently he played on Friday nights at the Silver Lake Mall in Coeur dí Alene, Idaho and also played for many fundraisers including; the Childrenís Village and the Coeur dí Alene Opera. His banjo and singing brought joy to retirement home residents throughout Oklahoma, Coeur dí Alene and surrounding areas. He was inducted into the American Banjo Museumís Wall of Honor and served on the Board of Directors for the Museum as a founding member since 1998.

Roger was a state champion handball player in Oklahoma and he was a Member of Tulsa Rotary Club. He loved to hunt and fish, spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He did an amazing Donald Duck impersonation that always brought a smile to the face of any child.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 30th at 2:00 pm at the Meadowbrook Community Hall, 8088 West Meadowbrook Loop, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In lieu of flowers the family request considering a donation to the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City or Childrenís Village in Coeur dí Alene. Download Obituary

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