|Birth: ||May 11, 1939|
|Death: ||Mar. 16, 2012|
Hayden Upton Scott Hall Jr. was born in Detroit, Mi. on May 11, 1939. The second son as well as the second child of ten children, born to Hayden U. S. Sr. and June Erna Schenk Hall. He grew up and attended school in Detroit, graduating from Western High School in Jan of 1957. During his high school years he delivered newspapers and worked in a nearby peanut store to help his family with the every day expenses of life. Hayden was affectionately nicknamed and known to his family and close friends as "Ferdie". In his adult years his co-workers called him Scotty.
After high school graduation he moved to Watersmeet, Mi. a small town in the U.P. of Mi. He had close ties with Watersmeet throughout his childhood years because he had an aunt and uncle (Irene and Hugo Moilanen) that lived in Watersmeet. Ferdie's family came to Watersmeet during the summer each year and enjoyed camping at beautiful Lake Marion campgrounds.
After moving to Watersmeet he was employed by the U. S. Forest Service for a number of months.
In July of 1958 he enlisted in the U. S. Army. He trained in Fort Benning Georgia and Fort Monmouth New Jersey. His training inspired him into the field of communications and electronics. His intelligence led him into having the honor and privilege to serve with the Secret Service. He was proud to serve our country in such an honorable way and I am proud of how he served our country for our continued freedom. Much of his time overseas he was stationed in Turkey near the Russian border. Though he served during the Viet Nam Era he never actually was sent to Viet Nam. He was honorably discharged in Aug. of 1961. After visiting his family in Detroit, he again returned to Watersmeet. During the next five years he worked at various jobs, sometimes a couple at a time, wherever employment was available. He once again worked for the U. S. Forest Service, worked at an electrical shop, drove a long distance mail delivery truck, worked on road construction and last but certainly not least he was a logger in the great northwoods of the U.P. of Mi. He was able to do most anything he set his mind to-including carpentry, electrical, plumbing and even working on his own vehicles.
On June 25, 1966, he married Judith Spargo in the Watersmeet Baptist Church. They made their home and lived their entire married life in Watersmeet.
In his younger years Ferdie was very active in the church. He served as a deacon, trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, helped the pastor in conducting jail services and he was excellent working with the children's programs such as Awana etc. There were times when he also spoke from the pulpit if the pastor was on vacation.
He loved to play the ukelele and was gifted with a wonderful voice, using his talent in the church choir or special music.
Ferdie always had a great sense of humor and had a positive outlook on life.
On May 3, 1967, he became the proud father of our precious son, Randy Scott Hall. Later, on Sept. 25, 1970, we were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Eva Marie.
In 1968 he became employed as an electrician at the White Pine Copper Mine in White Pine, Mi., making a daily commute of 100 miles round trip. He worked there for 27 years until the mine ceased operation in 1995.
He attended Gogebic Community College at Ironwood, Mi. in the late 70's and received a degree in auto mechanics. Later in the 90's he received a degree from Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wi. for small engine repair.
After the closure of the White Pine Mine he worked five years for the Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Community in Watersmeet maintaining electrical equipment. He worked there until becoming ill with Crohn's disease in 2002. He took his retirement at that time and then became interested in and enjoying cooking.
Besides cooking, he enjoyed walking his furry friend and companion Marley. He was also an avid Ham Radio operator for many years.
I could write a book about Ferdie but I do want to say that he was not only a great husband but a wonderful father to our children. God truly blessed me during our nearly 46 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by our precious son Randy in 2003, his father in 1974, his mother in 1994, his older brother David in 2000, a younger sister Anna Marie in 2009, his mother and father in law, four brother in laws, baby nephew Earl,and several aunts & uncles.
He is survived by his wife Judy, his daughter Eva, five younger sisters and two younger brothers, cousins and several nieces and nephews and his furry friend Marley.
A celebration of his life was held on March 24, 2012 at the Watersmeet Bible church with the Rev. Skip Pullen officiating. Arrangements were made by the Wandersee Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing. Ferdie had a huge collection of Hawaiian shirts, they were a favorite of his. So we decided it was appropriate to have him buried with one of his Hawaiian shirts on. We also decided that as his family we all wore Hawaiian shirts also. I know that made Ferdie smile with approval. Ferdie always said he never wanted any sad "funeral" songs at his service. So we honored his wishes by having up beat and inspiring music. The following selections were used. Three Little Birds (on CD by Bob Marley), "Cheer up my brother", "The trees of the Field", "Victory in Jesus", and "I'll Fly Away", all sung by Tommy Gibson with the guitar and "Landslide" sung lovingly by his daughter Eva.
Family and close friends proceeded to the cemetery for a short service conducted by the Veterans in honor of Hayden's service to our country.
A wonderful luncheon was served by friends and ladies of the church after the services.
Note: Ferdie's last words to me before he died was "Love you more" and I answered him back with "Love you more". I am so blessed that God gave us that precious opportunity to say good-bye to each other. Not too many people have that chance and I am so grateful for those three little but very important words. I am going to borrow a famous line and song from Bob Hope and say to you Ferdie "Thanks for the Memories".
Cause of death: Though Ferdie had Crohn's disease for ten years that did not cause his death, though indirectly it probably was involved as part of it. He had suddenly begun to pass a lot of blood which I assumed was something going on with the Crohn's disease, so I took him to the Emergency Room. They transferred him to a larger hospital because they discovered that he had a very significant heart murmur and needed attention from cardiologists. It was the next night after going through tests that he died suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack. With CPR they brought him back briefly (that was when he told me that I Love you more) and then he went into sudden cardiac arrest.
POEMS WRITTEN FOR HIS CELEBRATION OF LIFE:
LOVE YOU MORE
You have always been my soul mate
My true love and best friend,
God brought us together so long ago
Our love will never end.
You were always so loving and caring
You treated me like a queen,
No better love I could ever have had
No one could come between.
Nearly 46 years of marriage we had
Our lives were truly blessed,
Many happy memories over all the years
Though with trials we had our tests.
We were blessed with two precious children
A daughter and a son,
But sadly the day arrived in our lives
When we were left to have just one.
Through trials and sadness our love still stayed strong
We talked and cried so many tears,
God graciously put His arms around us
And helped us through all those years.
Though you physically will not be beside me
Your spirit will always be here,
I will feel your presence and feel your love
And know that you are near.
You are rejoicing with the angels in heaven
You're with Randy on those golden shores,
Just remember my darling these three little words
You know that I Love You More.
Lovingly from your wife Judy
It is hard to believe that I am having to write this. This last week has been nothing short of surreal. As difficult as it is to write each word, it is important to me, because I know you are listening.
You were, by far, the best dad I could have ever asked for. Not only were you strong and supportive, you were also light-hearted and funny. I truly know that Randy and I got our crazy sense of humor from you. Thank you. For it is one of the traits that help us through these difficult times.
I have never, ever heard anyone say one bad thing about you, with good reason. There was nothing bad about you. You never judged, you were always positive--you were gentle and kind, generous and compassionate, and wise beyond words. But let's get back to the humor. No one ever made me laugh as much as you did. And, yes, we love to laugh. The words "Laughter is the best medicine" made me think you would live forever. All of the jokes, all of the stories--Oh, yes!!! The stories!! Your stories will live on forever. They will go down in the books--the scary ghost stories by the campfires. And whoever heard anything of "Inky Dinky and Mr. Man" or "Snickle Fritz Kadiddlehopper Hoopenheimer", will surely know that was an Uncle Ferdie story.
We were blessed to have you in our lives. Especially Mom. She always said you treated her like a queen. Well, there is no doubt, since you came back from crossing over just to say "I Love You More:. Now that, Dad, is a real love story. Once again, you make me so proud.
I will live my life to continue to make you proud, as you always told me that I am a champion. I will do my best for you and mom.
As I said for everyone else, Dad, I do not have even one bad memory of you. I don't think that a lot of people can say that about their father or any parent figure. You will always be amazing to me.
I guess I should begin to bring this letter to it's end. (Apparently you also gave me my story telling gift)or I will have all these beautiful people sitting here forever listening to me talk about you. And, yes, I could go on forever.
Thank you, daddy, for all of our wonderful years together. Every moment, every memory will be cherished until we are together again. Before that time comes, I will look forward to any visit, any tap on the shoulder that you will send me. As with when we lost Randy, we will keep in our hearts "That everything is going to be alright". I will keep "the boys" in line for you, and I will hug Marley for you every time I see him.
As much as I have always dreaded this day, this is the song that I wanted to sing for you. And since I can't hold it together, I will leave it to the pro's.
Keep dancing with Randy--you will always be my hero--I love you daddy--Your little girl, Eva.
Note: The CD would not work so Eva did actually end up singing the song herself. I told her that is because her daddy wanted to hear her sing it instead of the CD. "The boys", are what Ferdie called her three little Chihuahua's.
I'll tell about this special man
Whose heart was not his own
He shared it with all those he loved
So, no one was alone.
A man of virtue, man of praise
T'was sunshine in his smile
A friend to those who were in need
Who made all feel worthwhile.
He enjoyed the gifts of God
His hummingbirds he'd treasure
Waterfalls and forests green
He cherished without measure.
Storytelling was his art
When he would tell of ghostly haunts
Stories he'd been through.
Children all would gather round
When hearing all his tales
The wreck of ships tossed out at sea
Amongst the winter gales.
No, we can't replace that love
The empty spot he filled
But when we smile or share a hug
His presence is here still
So Ferdie, we will keep you near
We'll spread your love around
For when we share your love and warmth
Your presence will abound.
You will be with us always. Your niece, Diane
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Sung lovingly by daughter, Eva, at her beloved Dad's funeral.
My Brother Number Two
Another Hall Kid has gone on his way
And beat us to heaven's gate,
There are 7 of us left, who will see him again,
As for me, I can hardly wait!
Such a great guy was this Ferdie of ours
Everyone loved him so,
of all the good things that could be said
There's just a couple I'd like you to know.
When My Sis Lil and I were little kids
In our upstairs bedroom there was no heat.
Sometimes he'd climb up those stairs at night
and with his hands he would warm our feet.
He would tell us his Mr. Man Tales,
As only he could do
That memory is rooted deep in my heart
And I'm sure it is in Lillie's too.
When my husband Tony was confined to his bed
And could hardly move at all
For a year and a half between 7 & 8
Ferdie and Judy would call.
Ferdie would say "Sis how is he doing?
And how are you doing too?"
He'd say "you're so strong, and Tony's my hero"
Such a kind thing for them to do.
They'd send cards, poems, & candy for him
and Trenary Toast for me,
I looked forward each night to those calls
For you see it was a big help for me.
If in Glory we get to pick what we wear
Those who knew him will say,
"He'll be easy to spot in his Hawaiian flowery shirt
He, Randy, Tony and all whom we love
are brightening up those Heavenly days!
We love and will miss you Ferdie
Lovingly, from your sister Ellen
~March 24, 2012
This poem was written for Hayden (Ferdie's) first Angel Day by his wife Judy.
In Loving Memory
Hayden (Ferdie) U. S. Hall Jr.
March 16, 2012
Precious memories of our life together
How they linger in my heart,
So much has changed, life's just not the same
Since we have been apart.
"Love you more" were your last words spoken to me
As God gently called you home,
I answered you back "Love you more, too"
Now those words are engraved in stone.
How blessed we were to say good bye
In this very special way,
Since those words were important to both of us
We said them to each other every day.
So many times you would tell me
How you couldn't wait to see Randy again,
What a joyful reunion that must have been
When you were united back then.
Our family chain had been broken
You and Randy have gone on before,
But sometime sooner or later
We'll both meet you on those golden shores.
Only God knows how much I miss you
Since the night He called you home,
You're always in my thoughts, forever in my heart
So I am never really alone.
Thanks for all the memories
As we journeyed through this life,
I love you still and am telling the world
I am blessed to have been your wife.
DEEPLY MISSED BY YOUR WIFE JUDY; DAUGHTER EVA; AND YOUR FURRY FRIEND MARLEY.
Son ~ Randy Scott Hall
Watersmeet Township Cemetery
Maintained by: Judith Hall
Originally Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
Record added: Mar 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87098007
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