October 15, 2009
Floyd W. “Jack” Hall, 83, of Gettysburg, SD, died Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at his home.
A celebration of Jack’s life was held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 12, 2009, at Christ Episcopal Church in Gettysburg, SD, with Father Lyle Martin officiating. A committal will follow in the Gettysburg Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.
Jack was born on a farm in Downing, MO on January 2, 1926 to Floyd W. Hall, Sr. and Dona (Hope) Hall.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force as a non-committed cadet in 1942. He was inducted in Fort Leavenworth, KS, in June 1943. He was sent to Colorado Springs, CO for B-29 gunner’s school and then on to Pratt, KS, where the 21st Air Force was being built up. He was sent to Fort Laughton in Seattle, WA, where he was shipped overseas. He arrived on the Tinian Islands in the Marianas where he joined the 313 Bomber Wing of the 20th Air Force. While on the Tinian Islands, he witnessed the second atomic bomb being loaded onto the B-29 plane, The Great Artiste. The war ended four days later on September 2, 1945. He was discharged and sent by boat to Hawaii then back to Jefferson Barracks where he was honorably discharged in February 1946.
He returned to Downing, MO to find work. He and some buddies heard of work on a combine crew in Vernon, TX, where he took a job with Boxburger’s Combine Crew. He traveled through the plains and finished in Gettysburg, SD. He took a job with Bill Sheldon’s cement crew and when winter set in, he took a job with Dwight’s Super Value as a butcher.
He met Velda Weber who worked the lunch counter at Dwight’s. They were married on June 18, 1949. A daughter, Sandy was born. The little family moved to Minneapolis, MN, where Jack attended Dunwood’s Institute of Auto Body Repair in 1951. They returned to Gettysburg and he worked at Earl Olson’s Chevy Garage for two years. Gary, Greg, Janet and Kateri were added to this growing family. In 1956, he built Jack’s Body Shop at 810 E. Highway 212, where he provided auto body repair, wheel alignment, glass repair, towing service, and air conditioning services to Gettysburg and the surrounding area for 45 years until retiring in 2001.
He was involved in the National Guard, American Legion and VFW. He was a volunteer fireman, city councilman and member of the Gettysburg Country Club. He enjoyed his family, golfing, gardening, bird watching, and collecting antique single-cylinder engines.
He is survived by his four children, Sandy (Phil) Dinan of Aurora, CO, Gary (Kathleen) Hall of Centennial, CO, Janet (Jim) Crawford of Waterloo, IL, and Kateri (Norm) Feck of Parker, CO; daughters-in-law, Nadine Hall (Dean Simon, Bailey and Haden) and Holly Hall; two sisters, Hope Curry and Maxine Brown of Memphis, MO; one brother, Leo (Nita) Hall of Leesburg, FL; 12 grandchildren, Leah and Brittany Tamarkin, Rachel Hall – Mitchell and Sarah Hall; Makenzie, Jared and Emily Hall; Megan, Kristin and Erica Crawford, and Samuel and Isaac Feck; and two great-grandchildren, Miya McCloud and Brinlee Logan-Hall.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velda on April 26, 2009; son, Greg in 2002; a grandson, Edward Feck; sister, Nina Jones; three brothers-in-law, Robert Jones, Hillis Curry, and Jack Brown; and one sister-in-law, Laverna Hall.