Elden Reed Hall, 85, of Rigby, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013, suddenly at his home wearing his work gloves, John Deere hat and with his tape measure still in his pocket.
Elden, the oldest of four children, was born February 19, 1928, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to William Orrin Hall and Illa Myrtle Jensen Hall. He was raised on farms around the Osgood and York areas. With a knack for mechanical engineering, he started working at the age of 16 with neighboring farmers welding and building equipment. It was also at this young age that his uncle owned an airplane but wouldn't offer rides. Determined, he learned to fly while still in high school. Flying became a passion he maintained throughout his life, offering rides to everyone. He owned, built and rebuilt many airplanes over the years. Neighbors would marvel at the plane-building projects in his garage. He kept a current pilot's license and flew until the end of his life.
He graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1946, lettering in Boxing. He then attended one semester at ISU, studying mechanical engineering. He met and fell in love with LaJune Shuldberg, who at the time was studying nursing at the LDS Hospital. They were married July 31, 1952, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple and recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
Elden and LaJune started their lives farming in the York area. Early on he saw a need to mechanize the potato harvest. The first winter, he built three harvesters, which over time mushroomed into Hall-Way Manufacturing, employing 150 employees. They also supplied many buildings in the area with structural steel. In 1970, he sold the business to Thiokol, which later became Logan Farm Equipment. He gathered up his family and farmed west of Roberts through the 1970s and early 1980s. "Farming is tough." Many friends remembered his talents, and at the age of 55, Elden and his family started a business south of Rigby with a sawmill he designed and built with the help of those great friends. "Logging is also tough." However, the machine and steel fabrication business has thrived and lasted through the last 30 years.
Elden has been a blessing and a strong influence to his family and the people of this valley. He will be greatly missed.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in callings such as Bishop, Counselor, Scoutmaster, High Priest Group assistant, Stake Sunday School President and his favorite calling, Home Teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; daughter, Cheryl; and two grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, LaJune Hall of Rigby; daughters, Linda (David) Balls of Iona, Laurie (Kevin) Van Mondfrans of St. Louis, Missouri, Mina (Reed) Brinkerhoff of Elko, Nevada, and Becky (Sandra) Hall of Layton, Utah; sons, Bill (Cheryl) Hall of Rigby, and Delmar (Trenna) Hall of Iona; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; brother, Roger (Raeanne) Hall of Ucon; and sister, Jean (Bill) Peden of Littleton, Colorado.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 17, at the Rigby South Stake Center, 106 N. 3800 East in Rigby, with Bishop Dale Allen conducting. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday prior to services, both at the stake center. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls. Services are under the care of Eckersell Memorial Chapel in Rigby.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.
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