Kenneth Ray Hall Sr. was born in Hartville, Ohio, on July 5, 1950, and passed from this earth after a long illness on June 29, 2019, at his home in Urbana.
Ken was the epitome of a Hall. He was hardheaded, stubborn and opinionated. He had a sharp wit and loved to laugh. He enjoyed playing pranks, like getting his mother’s calf drunk enough it passed away, and trapping a family of skunks in a box and telling his brother to NOT open it.
Even though he may have tarred and feathered his younger brother, he was a giving, caring man who was full of love for his family.
Kenneth accepted Jesus as his Lord and personal Savior and attended church at Cherry Grove Baptist Church.
One of his biggest joys was spending time with his family, and in his final days, he was adamant that his children and grandchildren know God and be active in a church.
Kenneth was an avid fisherman and hunter, and he was always up for a trip to the lake or woods. He was known to his family as a super-picky eater who made amazing venison jerky and pastrami.
He was an animal lover who could often be caught slipping his pets a treat from the table and spoiling them, although he swore he didn’t like them at all.
He was one of those men who liked to tinker with things. After all, why buy a new one if you can fix it.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper Hall Jr. and Alma Sommers; and brother, Jasper “Ernie” Hall III.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Humansville; son, Kenneth Hall Jr. and wife, JuliAnna, of Buffalo; daughter, Alma Hahn of Louisburg; and son, Scott Hall of Goodson; brothers: Lee Hall and wife, Lynda, of Buffalo, Ed Hall and wife, Carylon, of Elkland, Frank Hall of Charity; sister, Norma Kirk of Buffalo; sister-in-law, Sandra Hall of Long Lane; three granddaughters: Leah, EmmaRae and Eleanor; two grandsons: Jadan and David; and several nieces and nephews, whom he loved very dearly.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather and a caring uncle.
It is well known that Jesus had a soft spot for fishermen, so it is safe to assume that he and Jesus are catching catfish and swapping stories now.
A memorial service for Kenneth will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at Cherry Grove Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.