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Donald "Don" Hall

February 1, 1938 ~ October 11, 2021 (age 83)

Obituary

 

**Please Note:  This obituary was written by Don prior to his passing** 

Funeral Services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Donald Hall, 83, a resident of Andalusia,

Illinois, will be 11am, Friday, October 15, 2021, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Andalusia, Illinois.

Burial will be in Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Illinois. The family will greet friends from 4-6pm Thursday,

October 14, 2021, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport. There will be a rosary

at 3:30pm all are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s

Catholic Church, Milan Food Pantry or Gigi’s Play House. Don passed away Monday, October 11,

2021, at Bickford of Moline, surrounded by his loving wife.

 

Don was born in Galesburg, Illinois February 1, 1938, the second son of Hays and Rosalie L.

(Biedermann) Hall. He was reared in Aledo and was the stepson of Bird (McCutchan) Hall. Don

graduated from Aledo High School in 1956 and received his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois in February 1961. Don served his country in the US Army and was honorably discharged that same year. Upon his discharge, he immediately entered store management training with the supermarket chain, The Kroger Company. He managed several stores in Illinois and Iowa, including the Davenport area. In 1969, Don joined National Tea Company, Davenport Division. He began in

store management and was promoted to Division Real Estate Manager. In 1977, When National

Tea Company was sold, Don entered the real estate sales profession. He has worked with Century 21 Marple Realty and Century 21 NorthPark Realty. After a merger, Don joined Mel Foster Company and retired in 2008, following 31 years of service. Don received numerous sales achievement awards and awards from the Greater Davenport Board of Realtors for his contributions to the community and his profession. Those awards included the Bert Frahm Award, Distinguished Service Award and Realtor of the Year Award. Don was very proud of all that he accomplished in his career and felt extremely privileged to have served as a Director of the Greater Davenport Board of Realtors. He also served as Director of the Board of Directors of the former Valley Shelter Homes for more than 17 years.

 

Don believed that on January 14, 1994, at the age of nearly 56, he received from Our Lord God the

greatest possible gift of his life. He met Kathy Ann Smith, a young, beautiful, very caring, and

bright, highly regarded, fun-creating, fun-loving lady. To all who knew Don, it became obvious very

quickly that something terrifically huge had taken place in Don’s life. When the “cat was out of the

bag”, he could talk of little else. His entire family was stunned. After all, here was this supposed to

be a lifetime bachelor whose past personal and social life they had little knowledge of (or even knew

if he had one), was suddenly engaged! Don and Kathy were married on May 6, 1995, at St.

Alphonsus Catholic Church in Davenport. The private, family-only ceremony was followed by an

open-invitation, well-publicized and hugely attended reception at Duck Creek Park Pavilion in

Davenport. Don and Kathy were overwhelmed. It was an historic, magnificently gorgeous Spring

Day. Don was so proud!

 

Don moved from Davenport to the lovely, new home in Andalusia that Kathy had built a short time

before she and Don met. It was right next door to her parent’s home. Living there, as Don

repeated many times, was a huge plus for him in many ways, but especially because the Smiths and

Sweeneys made him feel like he was a part of the family from the very beginning of their

relationship! Don loved Kathy’s parents and felt a very deep and very personal loss when her father

passed away September 2009. Kathy, Don, and her parents often shared visiting family or friends,

holidays, home maintenance repair projects, lawn care and snow removal equipment, tools and even

groceries! Don benefited frequently from the vast knowledge, skills and ingenuity Kathy’s father

shared with him. These were particularly useful in projects involving carpentry and mechanics. He

was not just a smart man – he was also very wise.

 

Kathy’s mother frequently shared utterly delicious food and pastry specialties. These were always

welcomed by Don, and they didn’t last long! Don loved to eat!

He and Kathy and her parents frequently double-dated and generally attended Sunday Mass. They

even went on two vacation ship cruises together. Don used to frequently describe his time with

Kathy as “having given him a life”. Don loved the outdoors. For many years he regularly played

golf and enjoyed hunting, especially waterfowl and upland game birds such as pheasant and quail.

Don really enjoyed maintaining the large yard and landscaping, pruning, thinning out the

surrounding trees and providing maintenance needs around the home. He really got into wild bird

feeding and identification after he moved to the country and woods.

 

Don is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, brother, Jerome Hall of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee; sister,

Rosalyn (Richard) Cox of Shingle Springs, California; sister-in-law Mary Ann Hall of Aledo , Illinois;

stepbrothers, Maurice, Stephen and Thomas McCutchan; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and

great-nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim (Anne)Smith, Jerry (Robin)Smith, Karen (Larry)

Cawiezell, Joe (Sally) Smith, John (Jean) Smith, Jeff Smith, and Ann Weeks; also surviving are

Kaitlyn (Crockett) Wessels, Noah, Scarlett, and Hugo, who always loved him as “Papa”

Don was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Bird (McCutchan) Hall, and siblings, Gary,

William, Marcella and sister-in-law Janice Hall.

 

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Services

Rosary
Thursday
October 14, 2021

3:30 PM
Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home
614 Main Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Visitation
Thursday
October 14, 2021

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home
614 Main Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
October 15, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
9619 140th St W
Taylor Ridge, IL 61284

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