Ted Hall

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Ted Harold Hall

MANSFIELD: The courage that exemplified Ted Hall's life did not stem in an absence of fear, but rather in his understanding that perseverance was more important than fear. Ted faced ups and downs with his health, never letting circumstances get the better of him, and always kept everything together when a lesser man would have fallen. Ted faced every new situation as an opportunity - it's why no one was a stranger with Ted. He genuinely loved everyone and everyone genuinely loved Ted.

Ted passed away Wednesday morning July 3, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. He was 82.

Born July 7, 1930 in Berea to Harold and Joyce (Scroggie) Hall, Ted was raised in Olmsted Falls where he earned his Eagle Scout badge, and graduated from Olmsted Falls High School in 1948. He earned his B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, and while studying at O.S.U., he began working on a dairy farm near Loudonville.

He served with the U.S. Army, stationed first in Germany with the Medical Corps and later at Walter Reed Hospital. After his military service, Ted returned to Loudonville and operated a dairy farm for 32 years. While living in Loudonville he was a member of Ashland Farm Bureau and served on its board, a member and past president of Loudonville Rotary, past president of the board of the former Kettering Hospital, and past president of the board of Ashland Landmark Co-op .

In 1982 Ted pursued a second career as a licensed annuity, life and health insurance agent. He worked with Ohio Farm Insurance Company, which became Genworth Financial, and later GE Financial Services, servicing clients as recently as last year.

It was Ted's great sense of humor that was so endearing. He was a lifelong fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, an avid supporter of Lexington High School Basketball, and a member of American Legion Post #535 in Bellville. He was a former member of Lexington Kiwanis Club and currently a member of United Methodist Church of the Cross, where he had served as head usher and on numerous committees.

Generous and hardworking, Ted had a tremendous love for life, his family and country. He enjoyed any activity outdoors: gardening and yard work, camping and fishing, or flying small planes and walks along the beach. He was a gifted artist with stained glass and had a "MacGyver-kind" of ingenuity when it came to solving problems and fixing things.

Of all the activities and talents that consumed his time, none were more important than a granddaughter's ballet recital or a grandson's soccer game. For Ted, courage began by putting his family first. The family that he loves so dearly include his wife Sandy (Paul) Hall, whom he married August 14, 1982; children Barbara & Walter Burd of Loudonville, Joan & Gary Stauffer of Ashland, Gail Hall of Loudonville, Steve & Julie Young of Columbus and Kevin & Jolene Young of Lexington; grandchildren Amy Stauffer of Ashland, Jason Burd of Loudonville, Clare Schrack & Ben Theis of Grove City Matthew Burd of Loudonville & his fiance Marissa Lunt, Dan Schrack of Loudonville, AJ Young and Katelyn Young both of Lexington;a sister Ruth Smith of Olmsted Falls; and a large circle of friends who admired Ted's courage and faith.

The Hall family will receive friends Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Susan Lausch will lead the service. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.

Contributions in Ted's memory to United Methodist Church of the Cross Missions Fund or may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hall family, and private condolences to them may be made at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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Published in the News Journal on July 5, 2013
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