(Apr. 11, 2006)
Raymond Lewis Hall, 80, died in Caldwell, Idaho, Tuesday, April 11 as he had wished, held in the loving arms of his wife Shirley, with his son, Kelly Joe, standing near and holding his hand.
Funeral services were held at Dakan Funeral Chapel in Parma, Idaho, Tuesday, April 18.
He was born in Silverton, Ore., on Nov. 6, 1925, the son of Lewis and Alta Hall. He was raised in the Silverton Hills area on the family farm with his sister, Evelyn.
World War II came, and Raymond enlisted as soon as he graduated at 17. He spent 25 years in the Naval Service of his country, serving during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
He married Shirley A. Grossnickle on July 11, 1950. They had a son, Kelly Joe in 1959.
Raymond’s great love was travel and having his wife of nearly 56 years and son waiting in every home port during the war years as he spent nearly his entire career on the high seas as a Chief Sonar Technician.
After his honorable discharge from the Navy and more college from Cal-State Fullerton, Raymond had a second career of 15 years teaching in the Payette, Idaho school district. Following his retirement from teaching, he and Shirley continued to enjoy good friends, good music, dancing and traveling the U.S. of A. They enjoyed their retirement years together.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Shirley of Caldwell, Idaho; his son, Kelly Joe, daughter-in-law, Carol Ann and their new 3-month old baby boy, William Lewis Allen Hall; his sister, Evelyn Reisig; and numerous relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held in Powell at Crown Hill Cemetery on Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home, Powell, with Denyce Reno officiating.
Pallbearers will be Kelly Joe Hall, Lynn Snell, Wayne Mathews and Auston Mathews. Honorary pallbearers are Cliff Dudley, Don Webster II and Lee Johnson.
Memorials may be made to US Navy Memorial Foundation, PO Box 96570, Washington, DC 20090-6570.