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Donald E. Hall
Donald E Hall, age 87, of Deerfield, passed away peacefully at his home on December 19, 2011, surrounded by the love and support of his wife and family. Donald was born in Angelica, NY, on June 7, 1924, the son of the late William H. Hall and Laura M. (VanGuilder) Hall. A proud veteran of the United States Army Air Corps, he honorably served his country during World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant stationed with the 8th Air Force in England. He survived the destruction of his plane over Germany, was injured, captured and remained in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was also awarded The Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters for meritorious achievement in World War II and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon. Upon returning to the United States, Donald attended and graduated from Cortland State College and continued on to earn his Master's Degree in Education from Ithaca College. On August 22, 1949, he married Marian J. Kudzy, sharing a deep, constant and true love for their 62 years of marriage. Don was a devoted husband, father and role model for his children and all who came to know him. Donald's 37 year career in the Utica City School District began at Roscoe Conkling School, teaching physical education and coaching basketball, continued with 7th and 8th grade science and then as Assistant Principal. He was promoted to Principal of Potter School, later moved to General Herkimer School and finally retiring as Principal from Seymour School. Don "Chief" Hall spent 19 summers as the Program Director for Camp Nazareth in the Adirondacks. An avid outdoorsman, Don enjoyed golf, fishing and hunting with his family and many friends. His respect for nature was instilled in and shared by his children and grandchildren. Don was respected and admired for his honesty, integrity, fairness and humor. He was a member of St. Peter's Church and the American Legion Post #1376. Donald is survived by his loving wife, Marian; his daughter, Barbara and husband, David Marlow, of Florida; daughter, Mary and husband, Kenneth Smith, of New York; son, Richard and wife, Susan, of North Carolina; daughter, Joan and husband, Jonathan Shellington, of Massachusetts; daughter, Deborah and husband, Alan Wood, of Connecticut; and his grandchildren, Kimberly (Smith) Colvin, Bryan Smith, Nathan and Matthew Hall, Brittany and Benjamin Shellington, and Nicholas and Lauren Wood. He was predeceased by his brothers, Alfred and Roderick Child. The family would like to thank the special caregivers and health care professionals whose genuine concern and care touched Donald's life. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at St. Peter's Catholic Church on Coventry Ave. in Utica, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment with Military Honors will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro. Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Forty Main St., Whitesboro. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Donald's name to Operation Sunshine, c/o Observer Dispatch, 22 Oriskany Plaza, Utica NY 13501, www.opsun.org or The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018, www.pdf.org. For online expressions of sympathy, please go to www.dfwefh.com.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Dec. 20, 2011
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