**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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