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MPMA Remembers Chuck Hales, Founder of Hales Machine Tool

Tuesday, March 17, 2020  
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MPMA members are remembering Chuck Hales, 83, the founder of Hales Machine Tool, who passed away March 11, 2020.

Chuck was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Patty; 2 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by loving wife Carol, of 63 years; children, Dan (Mary), Pam (Randy) Mortenson, Sue (Chris) Halleran, Tim (Kate), Randy, Julie (Dave) Monchamp; 20 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; brother, Ken (Donna); sister, Iona Smith; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is best known in the MPMA for putting his heart and soul into a partnership with Upper Midwest Golden Gloves to promote the sport. “I brought the two together and no one (from the industry) knew too much about boxing,” he said in an interview about the partnership in 2016. “But it was for a good cause and everyone had so much fun, it just kept growing and growing.”

The partnership was popular from the time it started in 1976. It is the MPMA’s largest annual event, with about 500 attendees coming to the Media Entertainment Center each January to enjoy a prime rib dinner, networking, and a variety of rounds of boxing bouts.

What’s more, the event has funded scholarships for young athletes in the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves program. The scholarships encourage young boxers to pursue higher education and to attend colleges, universities, or trade schools.

Chuck said the lessons he learned in Golden Gloves as a boxer, coach and referee - compassion and respect for others, courage and patience - have given him a leg up in what became a highly successful business career.

Early on, Chuck was a machinist and eventually started his own business – Hales Machine Tool, which today his operated by his sons. He grew up in Staples, graduated from Staples High School, and lived in Maple Plain.

After he retired from coaching, Chuck became involved at the administrative levels at Golden Gloves, serving in all of the roles over the years, including president and executive director. He also served as the Upper Midwest team manager at national tournaments.

In 2016, he was inducted into the National Golden Gloves Boxing Hall of Fame, only the fourth Minnesotan to achieve such an honor. In 2019, the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves organization honored Chuck for his years of dedicated service.