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Obituary: Rev. William Duane Gale, Shelbyville

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Rev. William Duane Gale, 92, husband of Alice K. Jones Gale, passed away Monday February 11, 2013, at 1:50 p.m. at Ashford Health Center in Shelbyville.

Reverend Dr. William Gale was born in a sod house in Stapleton, Nebraska, the son of the late William and Cynthia Chamberlain Gale. He attended undergraduate Bible college at Tabor, Iowa, earning a degree in Biblical Studies, and went on later in life to obtain other degrees and an honorary doctorate.

He married Mary Alice Amelia Ward and to this union were born four children, Dr. David Duane (Elizabeth) Gale of Richmond, Kentucky, Alice Elizabeth (Donald) Churchill of Corona, California, and Aleta Faith Blue of Arvada, Colorado; six grandchildren, Michael David and Heather Elizabeth Gale, Donald Charles Churchill II, Mechele LaDon Jacobs, Justin Allen and Del William Blue.

After a long illness and death of his first wife, he married Alice K. Jones, and they were married more than 50 years. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a son, Donald James Gale. There are many other individuals who they “adopted” over the years as their own. His entire life was spent in service to others. He spent over 20 years in post secondary Bible and college education. He was President of Brainerd Indian School, Hot Springs, SD, for 15 years. He was co-founder and President of Northwest Indian Bible School in Montana, and founder of the Latin American Bible Institute. He authored several books on Native Americans, his family and his faith. He and his wife, Alice, spent several months in rebuilding the campus of Philippine Bible Methodist College on the main island of the Philippines.

In more than 60 years of service, Dr. William Gale spent more than 40 of those years in missionary work. He worked in several capacities in the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Church, and the Bible Methodist Church. He pastored churches in South Dakota, Michigan and Oregon. While working with the Native American Indians, he was bestowed with the title of Chief Hugs Himself, a title he loved, and was a “hugger” to everyone. He loved life, he loved the ministry and throughout this time his wife, Alice K., was a faithful companion to him and the two of them made differences in many lives.

The funeral service will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Holiness Church, 6060 N. U.S. 31, Columbus, with Pastor Joseph Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh. Calling will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at  Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 25th St., Columbus, and from noon until service time at the church on Tuesday.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Shelbyville Bible Holiness Church-Gale Chapel Fund, 2819 E. Michigan Road, Shelbyville.

A special thank you is extended by the family to the Heartland Hospice caregivers.


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