Gridley - Al E. Hall, 77, of Gridley, IL passed away at 10:35 pm on Thursday December 31, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born on March 11, 1938 in El Paso, IL to Roscoe B. and Emily E. Haglund Hall. He married Vicki Campbell on December 27, 1959 in Gridley, IL. They divorced and he later married Pauline E. Hardman on February 7, 1976 in Lexington, IL. She passed away on July 10, 2010. He then married Christene Levell Wages in Springfield, MO on July 2, 2012. She survives.
Also surviving are his four children, Ward (Dee) Hall of Alvin, IL; Chris Malcome (Al Morgan) of Rantoul, IL; Dr. Amy (Doug Crossman) Hall of Springfield, IL; Ken (Janell) Hall of Gridley, IL; step daughter, Julie (Hans) Stimpert of El Paso, IL; step daughter-in-law, April Wages of Springfield, MO; two sisters, Ruth (Andy) Dambowy of Peirz, MN; Irene Maas of White Lake, WI; three brothers, James (Eilene) Hall of Creve Coeur, IL; Floyd (Nancy) Hall of Antigo, WI; Daniel Hall of Columbia City, IN; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 4 step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Velma Hills; four brothers, Walter, Eugene, Irvin, George; son-in-law, Daniel Malcome; and step son-in-law, Kurtis Wages.
Alfred moved out of his family home in El Paso, IL at the age of 13 working for and living with several different farmers. He resided in Gridley for the rest of his life. He started his own trucking business in 1965 hauling grain. He built that company into an interstate trucking business that hauled many products all over the 48 contiguous states. He retired from Hall Trucking Inc. in 2000.
Al had been a volunteer on the Gridley Fire Department for 30 years where he had served as assistant chief for a time. He served for the Illinois National Guard for six years.
Al was blessed with many opportunities to serve the Lord thru mission trips to Haiti, Dominican Republic and Latvia. He served at the prison ministry in Pontiac, IL. He was a board member of the Spare and Share in Gridley where the board asked him to seek a new building. That new building was completed with God's help in July of 2012.
Al never knew a stranger, loved children and had many extra "grandchildren" and enjoyed hugs. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. We are blessed with the many memories and knowing that he is with the Lord.
The family would like to thank OSF Hospice for their compassionate care and attentiveness.
Al was a member of the Christ Community Church of Gridley where funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday January 5th. Pastor Andy Huette will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Monday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso and from 9:30-10:00 am prior to the services on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Gridley Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
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