Hamlin, NY: Kenneth D. Hall, 86, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Virginia Hall (nee Bixby), his sons David and Mark (Susan), sisters Beverly Streber and Karen (Gary) Hobson, 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Gordon and Flora Hall, and brothers Gordon, Ronald, and Howard.
Kenneth was born in Watertown, NY, on May 10, 1933. He served in the US army during the Korean Conflict 1953 – 1954. In commemoration of his proud service, Kenneth was accompanied by his son Mark on Honor Flight 48 to Washington, DC, in 2015. Kenneth considered his participation with the Honor Flight to be among the highlights of his later years. Kenneth worked at Delco products as a lab technician for 30 years and retired in 1992. He and his wife spent several years at their cottage on Port Bay, NY, where he enjoyed fishing, boating, and spending time with family and friends. He then retired with his wife, Ginny, to Calabash, NC, where they spent many hours walking the beach and enjoying the ocean together. Kenneth and Ginny relocated back to New York in 2010 to be closer to family and friends. In retirement, Kenneth became an avid craftsman specializing in scroll saw work, and he looked forward to weekly, competitive games of Rummy with his son Dave. Kenneth was a member of Masonic Lodge (Dexter, NY) since 1951, Hamlin Seniors, and Hilton Baptist Church.
Friends and family describe Kenneth as a gentle but strong-willed man who balanced a stoic strength with genuine kindness. While firmly grounded in his core values, he actively considered perspectives that challenged his thinking and acted resolutely in accordance with emerging insights. The greatest testament to his strength was his ability to make difficult changes in his own life in order to be the best husband, father, brother, and friend he could be. He was loved deeply and will be missed.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to everyone on the staff at the Hildebrandt Hospice Center in Greece, NY. The kindness and care that they showed to Kenneth in his final days matched the genuine love and compassion that Kenneth shared with others throughout his life. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations to this very special organization. Donations may also be made to the Honor Flight Organization of Rochester, NY, in Kenneth’s memory.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Hilton Baptist Church, 50 Lake Ave., Hilton, NY, on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 11:00. A reception will be held at the church immediately after the service.