Dan Hale, 65, of Lemont, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in 1947 in Knoxville, TN, and served as Radioman in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a past Commander of the Lemont V.F.W. Post 5819 and was very proud of his service to his country. He owned “The Hospital” a small engine repair shop on Joliet Road until be bought Bromberek’s Lawn Mower Shop on Illinois St. in Lemont. This allowed him to meet and become friends with many of the townspeople. Dan’s guitar playing has been heard by almost everyone in Lemont, from playing at his father-in-law’s surprise 75th birthday party to New Year’s Eve parties at the V.F.W., wedding receptions to backyard barbeques. He entertained us all with Country music, oldies, Elvis and even a little Rock and Roll. There was only one thing Dan loved more than music and that was his family. He leaves behind a son, Dylan, whom he loved more than life itself; and his loving wife Chris, nee Barry; his adoring daughters Carrie and Kimberly; and a grandson James. He is also survived by sisters Gayle Meger and Jerri (Bob) Kolsky and brother Bob (Laura) Hammerton; sisters-in-law Kathy (Gary) Haendel, Betty (Steve) Liedtke; brother-in-law Will Veenstra; and a loving father-in-law George Barry; and stepchildren Samantha (Jason) Barton and Bryan Grace. Dan also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and many, many friends. Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2012, from 2 p.m. until time of funeral services at 7 p.m. at the Markiewicz Funeral Home, P.C. 108 Illinois St. Lemont. Interment private.