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Sheldon O. Hall

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Sheldon O. Hall, 93, of Russells Point, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine.

Born in Liberty Township, Hancock County, on Aug. 17, 1919, he was a son of the late Ralph and Ada Pauline Edminister Hall. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Allen Hall.

On Oct. 20, 1944, he married the former Barbara Batchelder in St. Augustine, Fla., and she survives, along with five children, Tim Hall of Russells Point, Pam (Tim) Combs of Marion, Candace Hall of Columbus, Peggy Ratcliffe of Houston, Texas, and Stuart Hall of Lakeview; 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; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree 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 earned a master’s degree 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. In 1968, he began serving Logan County Schools, where as superintendent, he was instrumental in securing the land that is now the location for the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

A World War II Flying Ace for the U.S. Marine Corps, Capt. Hall flew more than 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 United States Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the Top of Ohio Pilots and Ottawa Lodge 325 F&AM.

With a strong belief in community, Mr. Hall was a poll worker for 21 years. He also served as a Washington Township Trustee and most recently, served on the Indian Joint Fire District Board.

An active member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Lakeview for nearly 50 years, he served in most positions of the church and was very proud of teaching the Golden Rule class.

He enjoyed bowling, golfing, singing and baking. His sugar cookies and doughnuts were famous within his family. He also was 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 re-enactments. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview, where a funeral begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial is in Harmon Cemetery, Gilboa, with military honors at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Christ United Methodist Church, University of Findlay and the Humane Society Serving Logan County.

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