Richard (A.J.) Hall April 26, 1943 - Mar. 14, 2014 MISHAWAKA - Richard (A.J) Hall was born in South Bend, Indiana to Viola Dean Guess and Herman David Hall on April 26, 1943. He was married for 48 years to the love of his life, Dona Gard and together they raised a large family. He worked as a journeyman painter for Bendix for 30 years. After his retirement, he dedicated his life to service with the Red Cross in both local and national disasters. He also served as a driver for the local veterans to Fort Wayne. He was a Eucharistic Minister and Usher for St. Joseph Parish. He was an active member of the Council Oaks Masonic Lodge #745. He was the Past Master of Mishawaka Masonic Lodge and the Osceola Masonic Lodge. He was also President of Bendix Square and Compass Club. Rich was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Mishawaka Moose, and Knights Templar of St. Joseph County. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Viola and Herman Hall; sisters, Loretta Chiszar Batalis, Lois Watson and June Rast; brothers, George Thomas Hall and Michael Hall; father and mother-in-law, Donald C. Gard and Lillian VanKirk; sisters-in-law, Joyce Dozier and Sandra Onderdonk; brother-in-law, Richard Gard and granddaughter, Christie Hall. Rich is survived by his loving wife and best friend in the world, Dona. He will be dearly missed by his children who saw him as their hero, Donric Hall (Rick) Eustice, Dalona (Mark) Daggy, Dalaena (Steve) Johnson, Dominic (Kelly) Hall, DaShana Hall, Donald (Diane) Hall, Davon Hall, Dona Lynnett Hall, and close daughter-like friends, De Jennifer Henke and Debra Lutz. He was the best grandpa in the world to Abigail and Emma Daggy, Lily and Liam Johnson, and Jonathon Hall. He will be missed by his sister-in-law, Karrie (Rick) Clayton and their children, Rusty and Rebekah. Also surviving are his sisters, Barb Hall and Joann Staley; brothers, Dave Hall and Ronald Wertenberger; brother-in-law, Donnie C. Gard; nieces, Michele and Kim; nephews, Greg Batalis and Dennis (Judy) Watson, many more nieces and nephews and good friend, John Cabanaw. He will be missed by his breakfast and coffee buddies on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Rich loved to fish and spend time at his cottage. When the day was just right he would ride his Harley, which he waited until retirement to get. He could be seen all over Mishawaka walking with his wife and stopping to talk with whoever they passed. No one was a stranger to Rich and his smile and personality made new acquaintances into instant friends. His family and friends were blessed with many laughs and wonderful memories. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be on Thursday, March 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. in Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka where a Masonic service will be at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 21 at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mishawaka with Rev. Terry Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Sumption Prairie Cemetery at a later date. Any donations may be made to
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Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 18, 2014