LOGAN, W.Va. — Lonnie Totten Hall, 92, was born Dec. 4, 1920, in Switzer, a son of the late Dee Sanford and Vivian Whitman Hall. He died of natural causes Sun., Oct. 27, 2013.
Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Vendetta Cox and Charlotte Adams; grandson, Michael T. Dingess and also his wife of 66 years, Doris Gaie Justice; many nieces and nephews, and a special nephew, Randy Adams, who he loved like a son.
Survivors include two daughters, Dawn O'Brien (Gene Dahm) of Deland, Fla., and Pamela Dikeou (Deno) of Winter Park, Fla., one granddaughter, Kelly Gierach (David) of Lake Mary, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren, all living in Florida.
As a young patriotic man who deeply loved his country, Lonnie served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II from June 1942 to August 1945. He spent 28 months in the Southwest Pacific Theater assigned to the 2nd Engineer Special Brigade, operating out of Australia. Its mission was amphibious assault landings put ashore by U.S. Navy ships, and these courageous young men were affectionately called "frogs." He participated in numerous combat campaigns under the command of General Douglas MacArthur, including the East Indies, New Guinea, Bismarck, Archipelago and the Philippines. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service Ribbon with two bronze stars. A reserved and humble man, he did not often discuss his wartime experiences.
After the war he returned to work and retired from the C&O Railroad at Peach Creek. He later enjoyed working for the Ferrell Companies. He was a member of the Justice Christian Church. We will greatly miss his friendly and positive attitude on living.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wed., Oct. 30, at James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill McDonald officiating. Private family burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery will be held at a later time.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Justice Christian Church.
James Funeral Home of Logan is in charge of arrangements.