Richard Donald Hall, age 89, is now in the loving arms of our Lord. Dick passed away on June 19, 2022, in his home of 65 years. Dick’s parents, Alice Nettnin Hall and Harold Hall, brought him into the world on Nov. 25, 1932 and raised him in Mount Rainier National Park. His first home was at the Nisqually Entrance. Later, the family moved to Ohanapecosh where Dick’s father served as a park ranger.
The Hall family, Dick’s grandparents, settled in Sulfur Springs, also known as Packwood, in 1892. Dick was educated early in life on the importance of preserving the family heritage. Not surprisingly, Dick was a great keeper of history, particularly of Mount Rainier National Park, Packwood, and the Hall family. He could hold court for hours sharing stories that made you feel as though you were part of every story shared.
Dick was a man of deep faith and commitment to service. He was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Army. Dick valued friendships fiand was the first to arrive and help others accomplish their goals. Whether roofing a house or building a barn, Dick “showed up.” He was known as an unselfish man, and loving friend, neighbor and coworker. He was a lifetime member of the Morton and Silver Creek Masonic Lodge and a member of the Shrine. What stood out most was his generous heart.
Dick married his childhood sweetheart, Mary “Carole” Fuchs, in 1956. They raised three children and were married for 35 years until Carole’s death in 1991. During this time, Dick worked for the U.S. Forest Service building trails in the Packwood District. Later, Dick was hired by the White Pass Highway Maintenance Crew, the first to be hired, where he worked until retiring in 1981. After retiring from the White Pass Highway Department, he returned to seasonal work for the U.S. Forest Service road crew with a short stretch working for the park department road crew.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents Alice and Harold Hall, his sister Jean Powell and his wife Mary Carole Hall. He leaves behind his children Vicki (Phil) Lawrence, Cindy Hall-Davis, and Pat (Vicki) Hall. He was also the proud Papa of eight grandchildren: Jacin Davis, Trisha White, Kavan Davis, Kara Davis-Taylor, Jerin Hall, Larae Hall Skelton, Kailyn Hall Perkins, and Brennen Hall. He was blessed to be Great Papa to 13 great-grandchildren and a beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Dick also leaves behind his wife Reba Hall and a “bonus family” consisting of three children, Sandy (Bob) Kellogg, Jim (Teresa) Jackman, and Ronnie (Beth) Jackman. Also included are five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Dick will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature, his firm handshake and his ability to make everyone in the room feel welcomed. Please join us as we say goodbye, or as we say in our family “Toodle Lou,” to a man who touched the hearts of many on Saturday, July 2, 2022. A graveside service will be held at the Packwood Evergreen Cemetery, 301-307 Cannon Road, at 11 a.m. followed by a celebration of life at the Packwood Presbyterian Church, 13026 U.S. Highway 12.
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