Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel

201 East Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY


Donald R. Hall

May 11, 1930September 5, 2019

Donald R. Hall, age 89, of Penn Yan, NY passed away with his loving family by his side Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital.

Don was born on May 11, 1930 in Penn Yan, NY, the son of the late Marjorie and Ezra Hall. He spent his working life as a truck driver, delivering library furniture for Walkerbilt and for almost 30 years before retiring, hauling milk for Ronald Long. He was an avid bowler, played softball, and loved stock car racing. He was also active with the Boy Scouts and enjoyed woodworking (as evidenced by a basement full of tools), and despite only having one head, he had a hat for every occasion. Above all, Don was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great grandpa.

Don is survived by his wife of 69 years, Beverly (Ryder) Hall; daughter, Cindy (Stanley) Ovens; son, Richard (Robyn) Hall; grandchildren, Brian Ovens, Don (Kathleen Kronauer) Ovens, Kim (John) Ovens Hassett, and Bruce (Cindy Linksman) DeWick; great-grandchildren, Leah Ovens, Olivia and Jaxon DeWick; and great-great grandson, Jordan DeWick; nieces, Teresa (Darren) Divine and Lisa Drommer; nephews, Michael Ryder and Lloyd “Slim” Ryder; cousin, Richard “Whit” (Gail) Yonge, as well as several other nieces and nephews and his many beloved pets. In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his infant sister.

Friends and family may call from 11 to 12 on Saturday, September 14th, 2019 at Townsend Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan, NY 14527 where a memorial service celebrating his life will follow with Rev. Dr. John Tharp and Pastor Kathy Brown, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Yates County Humane Society, PO Box 12, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

Fond memories of Don may be shared with his family and friends at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com


  • Beverly J. (Ryder) Hall, Wife
  • Cindy (Stanley) Ovens, Daughter
  • Richard (Robyn) Hall, Son
  • Brian, Don & Kim & Great Granddaughter, Leah, Grandchildren
  • Teresa (Darren) Divine, Niece
  • Michael Ryder, Nephew
  • Lisa Drommer, Niece

  • Yates County Humane Society
  • Alzheimer's Association


  • Calling Hour Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 14, 2019


Donald R. Hall

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Ronda Long

September 11, 2019

Don worked for my dad, Ron Long, Long Milk Haulers Inc for many years. He was dedicated, enthusiastic & always had a good attitude! Don was courteous, respectful, and did so much for my dad. He worked a lot of hours and a lot of long days!!! Bev, you put up with all that!!!!!!!!! Thank you !
Don you will be greatly missed!!! I have so many fond memories!!!!
Hugs to your family!!! XOXO