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Willie Herbert Hall

January 29, 1917 ~ June 18, 2018 (age 101)
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Life’s Reflection

Willie Herbert Hall was born to Mr. and Mrs. Tillman and Maude Hall on January 29, 1917 in Zimmerman, Louisiana.  They proceeded him in death. Willie was one of seven children.  He is survived by his two brothers Tillman “Mook” Hall Jr. and Dempsey Hall.

Willie grew up in this small town of Zimmerman, Louisiana that no longer exist.  It was a “sawmill town” that was so small everybody quit at the same time for lunch.  Willie relocated to Kansas City, KS. by way of a hobo adventure in 1940. He stowed away on a freight train towards California.  After hearing many horrific stories of hobos not making it all the way to California, Willie decided to get off in Kansas City, KS.  Later he meets a beautiful catholic girl by the name of Gloria.  They soon got married on February 12, 1943, before he enlisted into the army, where he served 3 years, 6 months, and 17 days during World War II. During his time of service, he was the recipient of the American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Service Star, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. His total pay was $300.

He was honorably discharged and returned home safely to rejoin his wife and start his family.  This union brought about 3 children (Hazel, Herbie, & Marie). He was also baptized, accepted Christ and became a member of Our Lady & St. Rose Catholic Church because of this blessed union. They were members of the Church for over seventy years.

During his 75 years of marriage Willie worked hard.  He officially retired from 3 different careers.  His first career job was in sales at Seller Marquis Roofing Company (A&D Lumber Yard).  Once he officially retired from there he started his next career which was working as maintenance for the reading machines for New Century Education Corporation.  Next, he worked at the Marriott Hotel on Metcalf.  When he retired from that job he was 83 years young!  In his retirement, he loved spending time with his family, watching sports, reading the newspaper, magazines, and watching westerns and the news to stay up to date with the world.  He loved listening to country music (Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn) and working on word searches.  He did a lot in his 101 years of memories!

Those left to cherish his memory are; daughter Hazel (Andrew) Goza of Kansas City, MO, son; Herbert “Herbie” (Paulette) Hall of Kansas City, KS, daughter; Marie (Raymond) Grave of Raymore, Missouri. Several grandchildren, Todd Goza, Tiffany Goza, Erica Smith all of Kansas City, MO; Korri (Robert) Thompson of Kansas City, KS; Brea (Korey) Griffith of Dallas, TX; Kayla Hall; Assunta Leaper; and Donald (Erica) Leaper, Jr. all of Kansas City, KS.; several great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews, relatives, and friends.



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