WENDELL DAE HALL, 88, died on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Genesis Health care, New Haven, surrounded by his family. Born April 6, 1925, in Eastern, Ky., he was a son of Revis V. and Lou Orsborne Hall. He married Betty Ehresman on Nov. 10, 1951. Their 62nd anniversary would have been on Sunday. Wendell enlisted in the Navy and served two tours of duty. The first was during World War II where he was primarily in the Pacific Theatre on the escort ship, Melvin R. Nawman and the U.S.S. Cascade from 1943 until 1946. He reenlisted and served during the Korean conflict, serving from 1951 to 1955 on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain during his active duty years. He retired from Magnavox as a computer engineer in 1988, and then worked for the Evangelical Mennonite Church headquarters for several years. In retirement, he volunteered as a driver and blood donor for the Red Cross. He was an active volunteer and member of Westwood Fellowship. As a young man, Wendell co-owned and piloted a small airplane and later enjoyed canoeing on the Maumee River. His hobbies included stamp and coin collecting, needlepoint and vacations with his family. Wendell is survived by his wife, Betty of New Haven; daughter, Dr. Connie (Paul) Lightfoot of Upland; son, Kenton (Judy Wojcik) of Richmond; granddaughters, Hilary (Mark) Lightfoot Ludema of Portland, Mich., Kendra (Jason) Lightfoot Beutler of Carmel, Megan (Chris) Lightfoot Anderson of Fishers, Kyle (Silas) Hall of Stange, Lyst, Germany, and Bailey (Rhett) Hall Shroeder of Richmond; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; siblings, Lois (Robert) Martin of Eastern, Ky. and Ned (Mary) Hall of LaOtto; and sisters-in-law, Thais of Fort Wayne and Nancy of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Vic formerly of New Haven, Robert formerly of Decatur, Jon formerly of Roanoke, and Gary formerly of Columbus. A celebration of Wendell's life is 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Westwood Fellowship, 4100 Becker Road, Woodburn, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Dave Souers officiating. Visitation also from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the church. Burial in Woodburn Mennonite Cemetery on Old-24. Donations are designated to the church. Arrangements are by Hockemeyer - Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne. For online condolences, please visit www.hockemeyermillerfh.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 8, 2013