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OBITUARY

Donald E. Hall

October 6, 1927February 3, 2020

Donald Edwin Hall, 92, passed away February 3, 2020. Don was born in McCook, Nebraska on October 6, 1927 to Suanna and Patrick Julian Hall. He lived in McCook 12 years on a farm where the only transportation was by horse and wagon. He attended one-room school houses in Nebraska until his family moved to Rogers, Arkansas in 1939 and discovered school buses to take and pick him up from school. After graduating high school in Benton County, Arkansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent 10 years on active duty attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. Don was stationed in Japan for 5 years and progressed from rank of Private to Sergeant Major during that time. He applied for and received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant and was commissioned about a year later, then was rotated back to the states and assigned to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for the remainder of his 10 year assignment. Upon his release from active duty, Don remained in the US Army Reserves for the next 18 years and retired as a Major. While he was stationed in Fort Chaffee, he married Virginia McCombs Hatfield and their union lasted 45 years. They had no children and she passed away December 1, 2000. He later met and married Clarice Nitschmann Fread on October 6, 2001. Together they shared their golden years traveling this great nation and he would give a red rose to Clarice every week of their marriage. Don was able to visit many foreign countries in his lifetime, including Italy, where he had a semi-private audience with Pope John Paul II. Don’s business career, after his release from the army, included credit manager for Sears Roebuck. After resigning, he took a position with Retail Merchants Association in San Angelo. In 1976 he purchased 9 Texas credit bureaus forming South Texas Credit Bureaus, Inc. He sold his business in 1985. He went on to own and manage, Insta-Check, a check collection verification company until 1989 when he retired to care for his wife, Virginia who had developed Alzheimer’s. He was co-owner of Lady Bug Day Care from 1997-2007. Don was involved in many community organizations including Serra Club, The United Way, Victoria Safety Council, North Side Rotary, Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Associated Credit Bureaus (ACB), and the American Collectors Association (state and international.) He was active in the Knights of Columbus #1329 and invested in the Knights of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II in 1986 and the President of the organization twice. In 1990, after Virginia became homebound, he and another gentleman decided to have lunch together every Wednesday, which eventually led to a foursome who called themselves the OFLC (Old Fellows Lunch Club) He so loved the time with this group over the years as they had many things in common. He is survived by his step-children, Angie Easley, Linda Spencer and David Hanselka; as well as several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents; his lovely wife, Clarice; his first wife, Virginia in 2000; 17 half-brothers and sisters. Funeral services will begin with a visitation from 9:00 to 9:30 am on Friday, February 7, 2020 followed by a Rosary at 9:30 am and a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church with Bishop David E. Fellhauer presiding. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery with Full Military Honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council. The family would like to thank the caregivers, especially Barbara Sanchez and Hospice of South Texas. Memorial donations may be made in Don’s memory to the Serra Club of Victoria or Hospice of South Texas. Share memories with the family at colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com

  • FAMILY

  • Anna Lizabeth Serena Hall, Mother (deceased)
  • Patrick Julian Hall, Father (deceased)
  • Virginia McCombs Hatfield Hall, Wife (deceased)
  • Clarice Nitschmann Fread Hall, Wife (deceased)
  • Angie Easley, Step-Daughter
  • Linda Spencer, Step-Daughter
  • David Hanselka, Step-Son
  • Also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
  • DONATIONS

  • Hospice of South Texas
  • Serra Club of Victoria

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Rosary Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Burial Friday, February 7, 2020

Memories

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Hal Redmon

February 9, 2020

Don was one of my dad's best friends and they shared some great moments at their "old fellows lunch club" get together. I was able to participate at times as an "invited guest". An awesome gentleman he was. My condolences to the Hanselka family. I was out of state at time of the funeral but have all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings.

Ellen Kirstein

February 7, 2020

I came to know Don over 20 years ago when he was caring for his first wife Virginia.. Don had put out a request for a pen pal as a way to pass time, I answered his ad and for years we exchanged stories daily until these past few years as his health failed and we dropped to once a week. Reading his obituary I can’t help but think how many lives he touched over the years. I was so happy for him when he found love again after Virginia’s death with Clarice, and loved to hear stories of their adventures dancing and traveling the country. I met them both during a trip to the east coast! Angie, Linda and Kris, he spoke often and highly of you all like you were all his own daughters. He was so happy to have Barbara’s help as well. I know the remaining members of the OFLC will have a hard time replacing Don. My sympathies go out to all who knew him, he leaves a big void.... keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Ellen (ellesbelles)

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Biography

Donald Edwin Hall, 92, passed away February 3, 2020. Don was born in McCook, Nebraska on October 6, 1927 to Suanna and Patrick Julian Hall. He lived in McCook 12 years on a farm where the only transportation was by horse and wagon. He attended one-room school houses in Nebraska until his family moved to Rogers, Arkansas in 1939 and discovered school buses to take and pick him up from school. After graduating high school in Benton County, Arkansas, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent 10 years on active duty attaining the rank of First Lieutenant. Don was stationed in Japan for 5 years and progressed from rank of Private to Sergeant Major during that time. He applied for and received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant and was commissioned about a year later, then was rotated back to the states and assigned to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas for the remainder of his 10 year assignment. Upon his release from active duty, Don remained in the US Army Reserves for the next 18 years and retired as a Major.
While he was stationed in Fort Chaffee, he married Virginia McCombs Hatfield and their union lasted 45 years. They had no children and she passed away December 1, 2000. He later met and married Clarice Nitschmann Fread on October 6, 2001. Together they shared their golden years traveling this great nation and he would give a red rose to Clarice every week of their marriage. Don was able to visit many foreign countries in his lifetime, including Italy, where he had a semi-private audience with Pope John Paul II.
Don’s business career, after his release from the army, included credit manager for Sears Roebuck. After resigning, he took a position with Retail Merchants Association in San Angelo. In 1976 he purchased 9 Texas credit bureaus forming South Texas Credit Bureaus, Inc. He sold his business in 1985. He went on to own and manage, Insta-Check, a check collection verification company until 1989 when he retired to care for his wife, Virginia who had developed Alzheimer’s. He was co-owner of Lady Bug Day Care from 1997-2007. Don was involved in many community organizations including Serra Club, The United Way, Victoria Safety Council, North Side Rotary, Victoria Chamber of Commerce, Associated Credit Bureaus (ACB), and the American Collectors Association (state and international.) He was active in the Knights of Columbus #1329 and invested in the Knights of St. Gregory by Pope John Paul II in 1986 and the President of the organization twice.
In 1990, after Virginia became homebound, he and another gentleman decided to have lunch together every Wednesday, which eventually led to a foursome who called themselves the OFLC (Old Fellows Lunch Club) He so loved the time with this group over the years as they had many things in common.
He is survived by his step-children, Angie Easley, Linda Spencer and David Hanselka; as well as several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents; his lovely wife, Clarice; his first wife, Virginia in 2000; 17 half-brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will begin with a visitation from 9:00 to 9:30 am on Friday, February 7, 2020 followed by a Rosary at 9:30 am and a Funeral Mass at 10:00 am at Holy Family Catholic Church with Bishop David E. Fellhauer presiding. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery with Full Military Honors under the auspices of the Victoria County Veterans Council.
The family would like to thank the caregivers, especially Barbara Sanchez and Hospice of South Texas. Memorial donations may be made in Don’s memory to the Serra Club of Victoria or Hospice of South Texas.
Share memories with the family at colonialfuneralhomevictoria.com