John Francis Hall, Plainview, passed away peacefully at Golden Living Center-
Whitewater Monday, May 9, 2016, with his family at his side.
He was born in rural Lake City, MN on February 15, 1920 to Thomas R. and Mary
Agnes (McDonough) Hall. In 1922 they moved to a farm near Theilman, MN. He
attended country school #58 thru the eighth grade and at age 16 joined the CCC
(Civilian Conservation Corps) in Lake City, MN for 2 years, earning a 1 year
vocational certificate. He spent 6 months working in Enterprise, Oregon building
trails in the mountains for the park systems and fighting forest fires at the Snake
River Gorge in Idaho. He then returned to MN to finish out his service. He worked
for the railroad and helped on the family farm until August, 1942 when he left for
service in the Army Air Corps. He landed in Casablanca Christmas Eve and
served the next 3 years in WW II in the North African Campaign, marching thru
Sicily, Italy and France. He was in the Battle of Kasserine Pass. He earned the
rank of Sergeant and received an honorable discharge returning home in August
1945. On September 10, 1945 he married Maxine Spring at St. Joachim’s Catholic
Church in Plainview, MN. They farmed near Theilman on the “home place” where
he grew up until September, 1956 when they moved to the Neumann farm east of
Plainview, farming until retiring in September, 1982 and moving into Plainview.
Maxine passed away May 14, 2013.
He was a member of the Plainview American Legion for over 50 years and a
member of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Plainview.
He enjoyed fishing and more fishing, hunting, trapping in the earlier years, reading
(especially the Post Bulletin and Plainview papers from front to back), National
Geographic and atlases. He also enjoyed watching country music videos, Hee
Haw, Wheel of Fortune, baking, gardening, fixing anything broken, relaxing on the
deck with Miller and SC, chocolate, more chocolate and popcorn. He loved
traveling to Oregon.
He will be sadly missed by six children, Diane (Gene) McNallan of Kellogg, Ron
(Marti) Hall of Winnepeg, Canada, Mark (Joan) Hall of Kellogg, Marie (Kim)
Kroening of St. Charles, Scott (Nancy) Hall of Redmond, Oregon, Kris (Al) Rustad
of Trempealeau, WI; sixteen grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one brother,
Julian (Janice) Hall of Aransas Pass, TX; Sister-in-Laws, Bernice (Donald) Hall of
Rochester, Marlys (Richard) Bartz of Elgin, Evy (Sonny) Spring of Plainview; and
forty nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine, his parents, one great grandson,
Arien Hall, six brothers, Leo, Vic, James William, Gerald, and Donnie, and one
sister, Carnetta Melendy.
The funeral mass will be Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Catholic
Church in Plainview with Father Robert Meyer officiating. Burial will be at St.
Joachim’s Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the
Plainview American Legion.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in
Plainview and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd ST SW, Plainview, MN, 55964, 507-534-2003