Dr. George R. Wall, Phd., 82, Hays, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Russell, Kansas.
He was born June 20, 1930 in Kaw City, Oklahoma to Edward A. and Helen (Edelman) Wall. Both parents preceded him in death. He married Margaret Hardgrove Wall on July 11, 1952 in Alva, Oklahoma. He was a tenured professor of business at Fort Hays State University, starting in 1958. He retired in 1993, spending his entire career at FHSU. He received a Master's degree in business from the University of Oklahoma and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Arkansas in 1966. Many of Dr. Wall's former students comment to his family on the positive influence his classes and teaching had on their lives.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and was a well known visitor on the lands of farmers in Rooks and Phillips counties chasing pheasants and quail on cold winter days. Walleye and Crappie were his favorite targets on the lakes surrounding Hays, and he was even known to make a trip or two to Canada and South Dakota while in the chase for fish. After retirement, he became known in the auction scene around western Kansas, and became easily recognizable to auctioneers and auction-goers alike.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Hays. He was also a member of the Russell Antique Club and Alpha Kappa Psi.
Survivors include one son, Robert Wall and his wife Marqueleta of Manhattan, KS, one daughter, Darcy Wall of Kansas City, MO, two grandchildren, Travis and Catherine Wall of Manhattan, KS, two sisters, Daisy Duvall of Cheyenne Wells, CO, and Clara LeFever of Houston, TX. He was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Wall and two sisters, Beulah Anderson and Louise Onion.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until service time. Memorials are suggested to the FHSU Endowment Association to a scholarship fund in memory of Dr. George Wall, School of Business. Condolences may be left for the family at www.haysmemorial.com.