Sheldon O. Hall, 93, of Russells Point, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, OH.
Sheldon was born August 17, 1919 in Liberty Twp, Hancock County, OH, to the late Ralph and Ada Pauline Edminister Hall. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Allen Hall.
On October 20, 1944, he married the former Barbara Batchelder in St. Augustine, FL and she survives. He is also survived by five children, Tim Hall of Russells Point, Pam (Tim) Combs of Marion, OH, Candace Hall of Columbus, OH, Peggy Ratcliffe of Houston, TX, and Stuart Hall of Lakeview, OH, six grandchildren, Samuel Ratcliffe, Sara (Robert) Tucker, Benjamen (Allison) Combs, Jonathan (Paula) Combs, Kim Hall, and Kris (Spence) Zimmerman, seven great grandchildren, Luke Tucker, Isabelle Combs, Matthew Combs, Allen Hall, Samantha Hall, Jordan Perry, and Tori Zimmerman, a sister Mildred Powell of Rawson, OH and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.
Sheldon earned his BA at Findlay College where he lettered in football and wrestling. In 1988, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and continued to be a member of the Varsity F. He later earned his Masters at Bowling Green State University. He began his teaching career at Pandora-Gilboa and Ottawa Schools before becoming an Administrator at Grand Rapids, Ohio. In 1963 he became Superintendent at Indian Lake Schools, then Logan County Schools in 1968. As Superintendent of Logan County Schools, he was instrumental in securing the land that is now the location for The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.
A WWII Flying Ace for the United States Marine Corps, Capt. Hall flew over 45 combat missions in the South Pacific as part of the VMF-213 squadron. On July 18, 1943, his plane was shot down and he was later awarded the Purple Heart.
A pilot destined since birth, he continued to fly until he was 92. He also provided aerial photography for the USDA.
With a strong belief in community, Mr. Hall worked as a poll worker for 21 years; he also served as a Washington Twp, Logan County Trustee and most recently, served on the Indian Joint Fire District Board. An active member for nearly 50 years of the Christ United Methodist Church in Lakeview, he served in most positions of the church and was very proud of teaching the Golden Rule class. He was also a member of the Top of Ohio Pilots and Ottawa Lodge of F&AM #325. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, singing, and baking. His sugar cookies and donuts were famous within his family. He was also a gentleman farmer who enjoyed working on his Farmall F-12 that belonged to his father. He was a fan of the OSU Buckeyes and spent his winters making buckeye necklaces. With all of his accomplishments in life, his greatest joy and love was being with his family, and enjoyed their traditions including the family’s Twelve Days of Christmas reenactments. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Visitation will be Friday, December 7th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Burial is in Harmon Cemetery, Gilboa, OH with military honors beginning at 2:00 pm, Saturday.
Memorial Contributions may be given to the Christ United Methodist Church, University of Findlay, or Logan County Humane Society.
Arrangements are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at www.shoffstallfuneralhome.com.