OBITUARY

Gary Eugene Hall

September 26, 1952March 11, 2018
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Gary Eugene Hall was born on September 26, 1952 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania and passed away on March 11, 2018 in Chico, California

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  • Celebration of Life Sunday, March 18, 2018
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Gary Eugene Hall

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Rosemary Cline

November 25, 2018

Dear Hall Family, I was not aware that Gary had passed and it has been hard to imagine that I will not see him or speak to him again. I was a childhood schoolmate thru Pentress Elementary and Clay Battelle High School. At Pentress, I was the only girl in the class of four (Gary, Matthew, David and myself). Needless to say, there was a lot of kick ball and baseball at recess. During Thanksgiving week, Gary's name came up by the son of another classmate. Then I Googled Gary and discovered his Eulogy. I have shared the information with people in our group of friends. They are saddened. Gary did visit me several years ago (maybe 20) and he sent a Xmas card after that visit, but no word since then. He seemed happy and looked well. The words in his eulogy were exact and brought memories to mind of our school years. I give you my condolences knowing you must miss him terribly. Please email me. I would love to converse with you. He told me that he gave his daughter the middle name "Rose" after an old friend (me).
I sincerely hope you are all doing well. Kindest regards, Rosemary Lemley Cline

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Biography

      Gary Eugene Hall was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Dwight and Ruby Hall. Gary was raised in West Virginia. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Hall household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Gary was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Gary was raised with seven siblings. He had four older brothers,Edgar, Melvin, David, and Ron, and three older sisters, Linda, Alice, and Mary Louise. Gary was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Gary and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Gary was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Gary was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Gary developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. Gary took part in basketball. He worked with the family on the farm. In his spare time he loved to ride dirt bikes. Gary loved to collect coins. However, what Gary enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Gary as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Clay Battelle High School in 1970. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was philosophy. He also lettered in track, and belonged to the Thespians and Letterman. Gary was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Gary always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      College life brought with it a new set of challenges, but Gary handled them well. Being a critical thinker who always remained intellectually independent, Gary was able to focus on the task at hand in order to complete his class work. He seemed to thrive on college reading assignments, something that often bogged down his classmates. Gary was able to read the material and retain the information in a way that impressed his fellow classmates. The ability to efficiently complete the task at hand was a skill that served Gary well during his college experience. He went to West Virginia University. His favorite courses were psychology.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Gary was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Gary was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Gary to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were the Cline family. Later in life, he became friends with Bobby Brookover.

      Gary brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Gary was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Gary was blessed with three children from two marriages, one son, Jason, and two daughters, Brandi and Audra.

      Gary greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Gary enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Gary was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was finish carpenter. He was employed by Morgantowon Glass Company (the company that made glasswear for the White House) in his younger years, but the bulk of his career was spent doing finish carpentry. Gary worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Gary liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Gary always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were golf, camping and playing in the pool, and experimental beer making. Gary was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Gary found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. In high school, Gary played basketball and lettered in track. Recreational sports included playing golf. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list werecollege football, golf, and basketball.

      Gary was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a Christian. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Gary sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Gary many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included 2nd place in a $200,000 pool tournament.

      Gary enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Gary appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Gary always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included anything in the woods- camping and hiking outdoors.

      Gary was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Gary’s favorites was Willie White Socks, a bassett hound. They were best friends for 12 years.

      When Gary’s retirement finally arrived in 2015, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved relocating to Chico. Even in retirement, Gary continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Gary Eugene Hall passed away on March 11, 2018 at At his home in Chico. He passed of natural causes. He is survived by two brothers, Ron and Melvin, his sister ALice, his son Jason, daughters Brandi and Audra, and his 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Services were held at Lincoln Funeral Home. Gary was cremated and divided amongst his 3 children.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Gary Eugene Hall. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.