John (Bud) Richard Hall
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BOISE - John (Bud) Richard Hall passed away peacefully on November 1, 2012, at the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho. He was born October 15, 1928, in Smock, Pennsylvania, to John Matthews and Dorothy Martin. He was later adopted by Ralph and Mary Martin Hall. He has a brother Clayton Racht and a sister Harriet Racht.
He attended school in Gallitzin, Pa., Indiana Teachers College in Pennsylvania, Stockton Jr. College in California, and Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, where he received a B.S. in Speech.
Bud joined the Army in October 1948. He served in Korea, and 2 tours of Vietnam where he was decorated with the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster. He also served as an ROTC instructor at Colorado State, and at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He was stationed in Japan, Puerto Rico, Frankfurt, Germany, and as a National Guard adviser in Sedalia, Missouri. He achieved the rank of Sargent Major and retired with 30 years of service in April 1978. After serving his country, Bud went to work for the State of Idaho as a Senior Probation Officer for 17 years and retired from the state in 2000.
"Bud" married Sophie (Zoe) Syznal and they were later divorced.
Bud met the love of his life Eva Louise Robertson in 1971 and was later married.
He is survived by his children: Jay (Stephanie) Hall, Bud (Roxie) Hall, Bruce (Linda) Hall, Kelley ( Mike) Martin, Julie (Ken) Monson, David Robertson, Tom (Anne) Robertson, Lynn (Diana) Robertson, Janet (Max) Herrera.
He was preceded in death by both wives. He is survived by 16 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Memorial graveside services will be held Friday, November 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Preston, Idaho at the Preston Cemetery. Arrangements are by Summers Funeral Homes, Boise.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the VA Hospital and to longtime friend and care giver Bonnie Viker.
Published in Idaho State Journal on Nov. 6, 2012