Harold Everett HallDecember 13, 1919 ~ July 14, 2017 (age 97)
Harold Everett Hall
Harold Everett Hall, 97, Manhattan, formerly of Hays, died Friday, July 14, 2017 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community, Wroten House, in Manhattan.
He was born December 13, 1919 in Hays, Kansas the son of Frank John and Elsie Elizabeth (Giinther) Hall, who were pioneer families in Ellis County. He is the third generation of Halls in the area. He attended Saline Valley School and graduated from Hays High School in 1939. He attended Fort Hays State College for one year then moved to Wichita where he was employed at Boeing Aircraft.
He met his future wife, Helen, in Wichita on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. They were united in marriage on May 17, 1942 in Argonia, Kansas. He entered the Army Air Force and served from September of 1942 until February of 1946. Helen followed him while he served in Kearns, Utah, Rapid City, South Dakota, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Following his military service, the couple settled on the family ranch in Ellis County. In 1972, they moved to Hays, after which time Harold became co-owner of Pioneer Farm and Ranch Supply, Inc. in Abilene, Kansas. Harold moved to Manhattan, Kansas in 2012 to live near his son.
He enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing, and traveling throughout the United States. He participated in a mobile barbecue business called Fire, Smoke, and Flavor with several friends after his retirement. In later years he enjoyed long rides through the countryside, both around Hays and through the Flint Hills.
Harold’s accomplishments include being on the Natoma COOP Board, member of Kansas Farm Bureau, Township Director of the Saline Valley Township, member of the Saline Valley School Board, member of the American Legion, Eastern Star, and a seventy five year member of the Hays Masonic Lodge. He is also a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Hays, Kansas.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife Helen (Garber) in 1999, his sister Dorothy Shumaker, and his parents. Survivors include his brother; Warren Hall of Hays, his son; Steven Wayne Hall and wife Linda of Manhattan, his daughter; Donna Marie Frenzl and husband Ron of Olathe, three grandchildren; Aimee Corrigan, Kara Harris, and Paul Houser, three great grandchildren; Lorelai, Zoe, and Annalee. He is also survived by three step-grandchildren, twelve step-great-grandchildren and special friends Martha Leonhardt and Vaughn McMurtrie.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2703 Fort Street. Burial will follow in Fort Hays Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 on Monday at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, and from 1:00 pm until service time on Tuesday at the church. Memorials are suggested in Harold’s memory to Esther’s Place in Hays, Kansas or to Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund in Manhattan, all in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com