William E. Kale, 89, of Newark,(Licking County) Ohio died on December 28, 2009 at Flint Ridge Nursing Home in Newark.
He was born in Newark, Ohio on May 12, 1920 to the late Harry Walter and Elizabeth (Ewald) Kale.
Bill graduated from Newark High School and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy in December 1938. He proudly served on destroyer escorts in the Pacific theatre of World War II and was honorably discharged in October 1943.
This launched his life-long passion for naval history and veteran activities. Following his service, Bill graduated from Fresno State University, California with a bachelor's degree. He worked with the California Department of Parole and Probation prior to returning to Newark, Ohio to teach psychology and other subjects at Newark High School.
Bill was an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Newark. During retirement from Newark High, he regularly met with Navy comrades in Marion and Mt. Gilead, Ohio where he and this group of veterans frequently made presentations to local schools on World War II and naval service. Additionally, Bill was an avid reader of Asiatic and war history. He was known as a knowledgeable naval history buff, preparing ship histories for service veterans.
Survivors include half-brother, George Collet of Newark, Ohio; his nieces, Karen Kale of Brattleboro, Vermont, Catherine Dunfee and Christine Annarino, Newark, Ohio, and Martha Dodson, Benton City, WA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Kale of Toledo, Ohio; and many of his beloved fellow Navy veterans and his Brother Elks.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Generation Hospice, 1450 West Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055 or to the Elks charities for Cerebral Palsy, in care of the Ohio Elks Lodge Association, 374 Broad Street, Elyria, Ohio, 43035-5540.
Arrangements are entrusted to Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, 179 Granville Street, Newark, Ohio.
Further, arrangements are pending for Bill's remains to be buried at sea in a US Navy service.
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