DENVER - Richard Henry Hall, 85, of Denver, N.C. died March 17, 2020. He was surrounded by the love of his children and wife.
He was born on July 16, 1934 in Jersey City, N.J. to the late Henry and Hanna Hall.
Richard was a loving and devoted husband to his wife Loretta who was the love of his life. He affectionately called her Mickie. They started dating when she was only 15, and were married for 60 years. His children were blessed to witness their great love story.
His devotion led to executing every single home and outdoor project Mom dreamt up…a very long list indeed! He painted, wallpapered, opened walls, tiled, hung beams, made kitchen cabinets, made both of his children’s bedroom sets, upholstered couches and chairs, and sewed curtains and pillows. Outside he built patios, landscaped, installed vegetable and flower gardens, built a shed, and installed a french drain.
Richard was a devoted and affectionate father. Dad planned epic family vacations! As a family we drove from New Jersey to California on a northern route then returned home on a southern route. We always laugh when we recall the day we left the hotel at 5 a.m. In the morning we witnessed firefighters putting out a blazing house fire off of the highway. After 5-hours of driving Daniel spoke up when we passed a house that was burnt to the ground. Somehow Dad had gotten back on the highway headed in the wrong direction after a bathroom break. Thankfully we now have GPS! At another point on this same trip we drove up to Pikes Peak on a road that we realized too late was not meant for cars. Somehow we drove the car over a rock which put a hole in our gas tank. We always called Dad “Mr. Fix It” and “McGyver”. In an unforgettable McGyver moment, Dad chewed a bunch of gum and plugged the hole in the gas tank until we could get to a repair shop. On another trip to Ireland Dad locked the keys in the rental car. Many kind people tried to help unlock the car. Unfortunately, someone shattered the window. The trip continued on rainy days and sunny days with no driver side window. On another day down a small road a farmer was crossing his cows back to their pasture. Two of the cows refused to go around the car and proceeded to step across the hood of the car to get past. Luckily Mom had paid extra for the car rental insurance .
Richard worked as a Quality Control Manager. Through the years he worked for the Air Force, Lockheed, Edison, Hecon, Coleco, and Cubic Precision.
After retirement, Mom and Dad moved to Pebble Creek in Goodyear, Ariz. They built their dream home and lived a very full life filled with many friends, activities, and travels. Mom and Dad also started a small business there selling custom window treatments and blinds. Dad did measures and installation while Mom took care of interior design direction and sales. Their business was called Window Plus by Loretta. They were in business for 17 years after “retirement”. They were able to enjoy many trips and visited Greece, Italy, Turkey Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Mexico, and Hawaii. Dad had many hobbies including woodworking, stained glass, ballroom dancing, pool, golf, reading, and swimming.
Dad battled many health issues over the years including two bouts of cancer and Parkinson’s. He was involved in two terrible car accidents. Throughout all of this he never complained. In fact, we bragged to his nurses at his last hospital stay that his pain tolerance was so high that he used to get his teeth drilled without Novocain.
Richard’s family would tell you that he was always kind and helpful. He was the person neighbors reached out to when something needed to be fixed. He was the guy who would pull over to help a stranded stranger off of the highway (Mom strongly discouraged him but he insisted). He had an abundance of patience and a strong work ethic. During the super snowstorm of 1978 he had a broken leg from a car accident but came out to help his family and neighbors shovel snow (we sent him back inside). He was a giver to all and was always affectionate and loving. He loved Fox New and tolerated Loretta’s HGTV shows. He was raised in the Depression and had an uncanny knack for getting the very last drop of ketchup out of the bottle. His children and grandchildren remember his delicious Norwegian crepes, often served outside by the pool for an extra special breakfast.
His last great mission of love for my Mother was to move them closer to family. So on his 85th Birthday we boarded a plane to North Carolina from Phoenix and made that happen. They were settled happily in 3 Cherry Way in Denver, N.C. just 10 minutes away from their daughter. During their time here we celebrated his 85th, Thanksgiving, Moms 80th, and Christmas. He was able to spend time with both of his children and all of his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Loretta Hall; daughter, Daralynn Luburgh and husband Brian of Denver, N.C.; son, Daniel Hall and wife Jeannie of Kenosha, Wis.; and six grandchildren, Zach, Colton, Hunter, Kaitlyn, Shannon, and Maeghan.
Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at
www.michaeljfox.org/donate where 88 cents of every dollar goes to research to find a cure for Parkinson’s.
A memorial mass was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Saturday March 21, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Burial will be private at Salisbury National Cemetery.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville, N.C. is serving the Hall family.
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