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Chester Donald HALL


1923 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Chester Donald HALL Obituary
HALL, Chester Donald
Chester Donal Hall, our family's last of "The Greatest Generation", was born Oct 8, 1923, in Stonington, Colorado, to Charlie and Golda Smith Hall in an earthen dugout. Chet passed away peacefully on May 5, 2016, in Round Rock, Texas.

Chet's family of 10 were Dust Bowl refugees. The family was forced to move to Washington State to survive. Dad was a true Grapes of Wrath participant. Dad's industrious family sold handmade weed brooms to get to Washington in order to share-crop on an Indian reservation in Yakima Valley, Washington. Educated on the reservation then drafted into 8th Air Force and trained as and attended: B17 mechanic's school in Amarillo, Texas, flight school in Columbus Missouri, gunnery school in Harlingen, Texas, navigation school in San Marcus, Texas, and finally transferred to Mountain Home, ID. He left his first tour in his country's service in October, 1945.

Chester married his beautiful bride, Shirley B. DuVall of Omaha, Nebraska, and this couple's loving marriage saw their 70th anniversary.

Chet was recalled into Air Force in Nov. 21, 1951, at Ellington Air Force base with a GI Bill supporting a mechanical engineering degree from Kansas University. In Korea, Chet completed 79 combat missions including recordable missions and earned "The Distinguished Flying Cross". He was again honorably discharged in March, 1953.

He worked for Kerr-McGee Corporation, Standard Oil of Texas, Chevron Corp, Dow Chemical corp. and finally Laboratory Tops. Along the way, Chet earned his Professional Engineering license with the State of Texas. A Conservative, he was very politically active at both the local and State level in high profile positions. As a campaign manager, Chet was a sought-after political leader.

He is survived by his sister, Lavina Moore; his wife Shirley Hall; and their children - son Gregory, daughter Hollis Reed; daughter Kelli Backus; son Scott; son Marsh; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, and multiple beloved nieces and nephews. Chester believed in and accepted Christ as his Savior.

A Memorial Service honoring Chet will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 19, 2016, at First United Methodist Church of Round Rock, 1004 N. Mays. Our family's leader and personal hero, May God Bless.

Memorial remembrances may be made to an organization that Chester appreciated as an honoree: Honor Flight-Austin, 815 - A Brazos Street, UPS Box 498, Austin, Texas, 78701-2514
Published in Austin American-Statesman from May 15 to May 16, 2016
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