HALL, Kenneth Ray
Connecticut State Trooper First Class Kenneth Ray Hall, 57, of Hartford, beloved husband of Sheila Lorraine (Ramsey) Hall, died in the line of duty on Thursday (September 2, 2010). Born in West Palm Beach, FL on August 15, 1953, son of Rosa Lee (Murray) Hall of Willingboro, NJ and the late Curly B. Hall, he was raised in Alabama and New Jersey and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Willingboro, NJ. After high school, Kenneth enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served during Vietnam as a sniper. Upon his discharge after 13 years of service, he attended the Connecticut State Police Academy and graduated on September 2, 1988 and began his career as a Connecticut State Trooper at Troop L in Litchfield. In 1990, Ken was transferred to Troop D, and then in 1992, he was transferred to Troop E where he served in patrol operations. In 1993, he was promoted to Trooper First Class and served in Central District Traffic and Traffic Services Unit. He also served at the Connecticut State Police Training Academy as an adjunct instructor and was assigned to many specialized details including Presidential details and other VIP protection assignments. Ken loved his work and was very proud to be a United States Marine and a Connecticut State Trooper. In his spare time, he loved being outdoors and was an avid hunter. He was passionate about physical fitness and was a competitive power lifter while serving in the Marines and was known as "Suntan Superman". During his career, he won over 100 trophies for power lifting and broke several records. Ken also excelled in martial arts and was a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. While at home, he enjoyed playing Blues and Jazz music on his guitar, cooking and grilling for his family and friends and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Tower Avenue in Hartford, and participated in mission work all over the Hartford area. Besides his wife and mother, he leaves five sons, Troy Taron Hall of Woodlynn, NJ, Teon Terrill Hall and his wife René of Southington, Tyco Tyeese Hall and his wife Denielle of Hartford, Michael Ramsey and his wife Jennifer of Wethersfield, and Norman Ramsey of Glastonbury; two daughters, Tara Lynn Williams and her husband Dennis of Columbus, OH and Andreá Ramsey of Glastonbury; two brothers, Errol Hall and his wife Andrea of Blackwood, NJ and Tyler Johnson and his wife Athena of Carney's Point, NJ; two sisters, Michelle Knight and her husband Jim of Willingboro, NJ and Xanthia Thompson and her husband Phillip of Willingboro, NJ; fourteen grandchildren; his mother and father-in-law, Frank and Florence Ramsey of Windsor; three brothers-in-law, Frank Ramsey, Jr. of Windsor, Michael Ramsey of Hartford, and Norman Ramsey and his wife Brenda of Windsor; six sisters-in-law, Mary Matthews of Manchester, Jean Washington of Hartford, Linda Scott of Windsor, Deborah Jones of Windsor, Sharon Davis and her husband Matthew of Glastonbury, and Darlene Ramsey of Windsor; and his two Cocker Spaniels whom he loved dearly, Albert and Bentley. He was predeceased by two sisters, Willie Hall and Maria Johnson. His family will receive friends on Thursday (September 9), 1-8 p.m., at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor. A funeral service with Military Honors will be held on Friday (September 10), 11 a.m., at the Connecticut State Armory, 360 Broad Street, Hartford. Burial will be private. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concerns of Police Survivors, P.O. Box 3199, Camdenton, MO 65020 or by visiting www.nationalcops.org or to The National Museum of the Marine Corps, 3800 Fettler Park Drive, Suite 104, Dumfries, VA 22025-2043 or by visiting, www.usmcmuseum.com. For online condolences please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.
Published by Hartford Courant on Sep. 5, 2010.