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John "Jack" Lester Hall

April 13, 1930 September 20, 2018
John "Jack" Lester Hall
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John “Jack” Lester Hall, age 88, of Talent, Oregon died on September 20, 2018 at Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Medford, Oregon, with his family by his side.
Jack is survived by his wife, Sandra (Root) Logan of Talent, Ore. Also survived by his daughters, Christy (Bill) Hall-Scheufele of Glide, Ore, and Laurie Hall of Dallas, Ore., from his former wife, Shirley (Lucier Runkle) Redding of Salem, Ore., and his daughter, Shannon Hall of Seattle, Washington, from his former wife, Mary Lou (Jones) Hall, who predeceased Jack. He is also survived by children, Mike (Jan) Redding, Pat (Suzan) Redding, and Dan (Jan) Redding, all of Vancouver, Washington; 12 grandchildren; 11 ½ great-grandchildren. Sandra has four children from a previous marriage, Jack and Sandra raised her daughter, Maria Logan, and two of Sandra’s grandchildren.
Jack was born April 13, 1930, in Wenatchee, Washington to Fredrick Garfield Hall and Clio Muryel (Hall) Hall. The family moved to Seattle in the early 1930s. His mother died when he was 14, she was a volunteer with the Salvation Army and her service to community impacted his life. He attended Edmonds High School and enlisted into the Army where he learned that he loved airplanes and flying.
In addition to Jack’s military service, his life demonstrated a commitment to others. He served as Eagle Point city council member; as Eagle Point Volunteer Firefighter (serving as assistant chief and chief); as a Major in the U.S. Air Force auxiliary Civil Air Patrol whose mission was search and rescue, where he used his communication skills as a Ham Radio operator; Eagle Point Booster Club member; and the Elks.
Jack was a salesman. He worked for Lucky Strike back in the 50s. Then went to work for Lever Brothers and had since retired. His district included northern California, southern Oregon and to the coast.
Jack loved music. He played the organ and the harmonica. Any new person that he met or came into his family, would have to watch his favorite movie Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley. Jack loved adventure and spending as much time as possible on the water and in the air. He filled his world with every conceivable mode of transportation to carry his children and grandchildren along, including kayaks, motorcycles, bicycles (including a bicycle built for two), boats, and of course, airplanes. One of Jack’s most memorable boats was a red and white candy-striped patio boat called the Hall-Aboard III.
Jack’s upbeat nature, his sense of humor, and his natural curiosity pushed him to ask questions and learn new things his entire life. His curiosity and willingness to share with all his children and grandchildren helped to mold them.
Jack was diagnosed with leukemia and dementia 3 years ago. He was in and out of hospice care, and in and out of hospitals. Hospice staff and volunteers looked out for him and got him into the care of Hearthstone. These strangers came to love Jack. His kind, thankful and gracious attitude made him easy to love. They loved Jack and Jack loved them. They didn’t ask him about family, and he didn’t tell them anything. He didn’t complain.
In April, by God’s grace and enduring love, Jack was brought back into his children’s lives. They found him! Those who could, visited him. They were difficult visits. The man they met, was not the man they remembered. But glimmers of light shone through. Jack maintained a positive attitude, laughed, loved and smiled; teaching all of us another valuable life lesson. Be grateful.
The family would like to thank Hearthstone Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Medford along with their staff for the incredible treatment Jack received. A big thank you to Asante Hospie for their devoted care that he received the last few years of his life. Special gratitude to his friends: Buffie Asher, Eric Dittmer and Steve Nelson.
Services to be announced at a later date.

I got to know Jack at the Hearthstone Nursing Facility a couple of years ago. His room #26 was next to Rick’s, another Army veteran. Rick had physical and emotional problems which led to his passing only two days after being transferred from the VA Domiciliary.
When I tried to introduce each to the other as fellow veterans, Jack was ready and said he was lonely. So, when Rick died, Jack and I got to know each other leading to a real friendship.
I visited usually twice a week. We talked airplanes mostly as he was a Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Pilot for 40 years based at the Medford Airport. Jack really knew airplanes and their operation. I learned a lot from him. It was fun to arrange a trip to the Medford airport to meet a current CAP pilot and see the newest model of Cessnas he used to fly.
These visits made us both feel good. He liked the company and I liked to listen to all his stories. He had a full and interesting life. He even hitch-hiked across the country and remembered just how big Chicago was way back when. I learned he was a HAM Radio operator like I am now, so I took the opportunity to have him check in as a guest once during our Thursday evening JCARES net check-ins.
As he aged from a walker to a wheel chair then to more bed rest, he remained pleasant to the staff and appreciative to those who took care of him. He rarely complained. From my younger perspective his life at Hearthstone was heroic as he did not have much to fill his day or to look forward to , yet he always made the best of things. When hurricanes flooded Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, he said how lucky he was to be in a place that was clean, warm and dry.
He also liked visits from various Hospice workers and Volunteers, especially Buffie Asher who often brought him donuts! She is very pretty and Jack always perked up at the mention of her name and was happy during her visits.
A wonderful thing happened several months before he died. During a chance visit to Hearthstone, a friend of his daughter spotted Jack’s name where visitors signed in. He went down to see if it was the Jack Hall the family had lost track of for years. Sure enough, it was. Buffie then learned of two daughters, Christy and Laurie, living close enough to visit occasionally.
One of life’s lessons is to try to surround yourself with good people. Jack was a good person.
I was fortunate to get to know him during his last years. I will miss him.
Thank you, Jack
Eric Dittmer

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