Obituary for Mr. James H. "Ike" Hall

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Mr. James H. "Ike" Hall

September 18, 1936 - January 2, 2019

James Harvey “Ike” Hall, 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at his residence.

We are saddened by the passing of beloved husband, father, brother, grand and great grandfather, and friend, James H. “Ike” Hall of Decatur, Onaway, and Richland Township, MI. Ike was preceded in death by his mother, Charlotte; father, James William; step-mother, Mary; step-brothers, Howard and John Brigham; step-sisters Peggy Tweety and Betty Keeler. Ike is survived by two brothers, John (Gail) Hall of St. Joseph, MI and William (Barbara) Hall of Yuma, AZ; step-brother Bob (Sandy) Brigham of Evanston, IL; wife and best friend of almost 60 years, Marjorie “Marge” (Anderson) with whom he was very much in love.  Ike and Marge had six children, 16 grandchildren and four great grandchildren:

James (Veronica) Hall of Rochester Hills, MI and their four children, Karen (Francis) Szalay, James (Elisa) Hall, Michelle (Michael) Voorheis, and Michael Hall; and two great-grandchildren, Livia and Olive.

Kenneth (Mary Lou) Hall of Hudsonville, MI and their five children, Lauren (Joel) Hall-Vugteveen, Sarah (Sidney) Werner, Steven Hall, John (Kathryn) Hall, and Kevin Hall; and two great-grandchildren, Leonard and Eleanor. Timothy (Tiffany) Hall of Osseo, WI and their four children, Mikayla, Abraham, Fern, and Charlotte.

Michael (Anne Crowley) Hall of Washington DC and their three children, Isaiah Daniel Hall Crowley, Samuel Dickinson Hall Crowley, and Eli Michael Hall Crowley. Thomas (Lindsey) Hall of Boon, MI.  One of Ike’s joys in his later years was spending time with Tom and Lindsey’s beagles. Kathleen Hall of Onaway, MI.  Kathy was Marge and Ike’s frequent companion and helped them in many ways, including house sitting while they wintered in Alabama.

Ike grew up in Decatur, MI where he attended Decatur Public Schools. His family was well known and well liked in the area. While growing up, he spent time fishing, hunting, and trapping. He played football and basketball in high school and was class president, among other endeavors.

Ike graduated in 1954 and planned on becoming a mining engineer at Houghton College. After a year in college, he decided to enter the United States Navy. In 1955, Ike became a crew member on the USS Essex (CVA-9) where he was a dental assistant for three years. His fourth year in the Navy was spent on the USS Tidewater, a submarine tender.  It was during his military service that Ike and Marge were engaged.

Ike married Marge on August 29, 1959, after he left the service. They lived in Kalamazoo, where he and Marge completed their degrees in teaching at Western Michigan University. His first job was as a mathematics and science teacher in Decatur.  He accepted a position in Onaway, MI, in 1964, where he taught math and science and later served as middle school principal, athletic director, and superintendent – occasionally serving in multiple positions at the same time.

Ike and Marge lived in Onaway for 54 years, and Ike was well known and respected by generations of students.  It was not uncommon for Ike to teach the grandchildren of former students.  He also served in the fire and ambulance departments, and on various community boards and committees.  In 1984, he and Marge moved to nearby Black Lake where they settled, retired, and thoroughly enjoyed visits from grandchildren, relatives, and friends.  They also hosted many family gatherings, including a traditional family reunion every 4th of July. They moved to Richland Township in the summer of 2018 to be closer to family and friends in southern Michigan.

A Celebration of Ike’s life will take place on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Newell Chapel, 83313 M51, Decatur, MI, with the Rosary being recited at 1 PM followed by a time of sharing and gathering until 3 PM. Mass of Christian burial will take place on Monday, January 7, 2019 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 1628 E G Ave, Parchment, MI, at 11 AM. A private burial will take place at a later date at Lakeside Cemetery, Decatur. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Rosary being recited at 1 PM followed by a time of sharing and gathering until 3 PM.

Service Information

Date: Monday, January 7, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

St. Ambrose Catholic Church

1628 E G Ave, Parchment, MI

Cemetery Information

Lakeside Cemetery


Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Memorial Information

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan, 222 N. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 100, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008.


Timeline for Mr. James H. Hall

Born: September 18, 1936
Died: January 2, 2019

Condolences for Mr. James H. Hall

Kris & Ron Sorgenfrei posted on 1/14/19

We were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Steve kept us up to date as he had been visiting with Tom and Lindsey. Ron fondly remembers being with him in the wood carving class in Onaway. Jim had a lot of interests and you both kept pretty busy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have been thinking of you. I second Marcia's suggestion - show up at Quilt guild when you're in town. We'd all like to see you again. Love, Kris & ron


Marcia DeLong posted on 1/14/19

Dear Marge, So sorry to hear about the loss of your Husband. Kris Sorgenfrei had told me what happened. What a shock. I pray for God to surround you with his love & comfort. I didn't realize that you had moved downstate for good until Kris told me. If you ever get back up here, it would be nice to get together over a cup of coffee. My phone # is(989)938-6476 Love through our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, Marcia DeLong


Virgil & Judy Freel posted on 1/11/19

Sending condolences to Marge and the family of Jim. We did not know he had been ill, nor that you had moved downstate. Please forgive our ignorance. He was a great teacher and a wonderful "boss". Things ran well when he was in Administration. Miss all the great people we worked with. Please accept our late condolences. Virgil & Judy


Patrick & Lori Crowe posted on 1/9/19

We would like to send our condolences to the whole family. May you feel God's loving arms around you. Mr. Hall was a very important and revelent part of our lives. Many students over the years that graduated at Onaway Area Community Schools would definitely say the same. May the Hall Family know you are in our prayers.


Patrick Chapman posted on 1/6/19

So much respect and admiration for this man, it was an honor to know him. If more men were like Mr. Hall, the world would be a kinder, gentler place. Our deepest condolences to the family. ~ Patrick and Robin Chapman


Kevin Hyde posted on 1/5/19

Without a doubt, my favorite teacher and in many ways a mentor. A kind, fair man who treated everyone the same. My deepest sympathy to the family


Warren Brown and Joan Grosvenor posted on 1/5/19

In memory of , Warren Brown and Joan Grosvenor lit a candle


Warren Brown and Joan Grosvenor posted on 1/5/19

Brown Grosvenor says “ I always looked up to Ike Hall, not because he was a tall man but because of his life time accomplishments.” Brown also says “ I played with Ike, Mike, and Mustard (Bill) as a child and was a fan of his during his Decatur Raider Athletic Days. “ Joan says “ I first came to know Ike when I listen to all the stories that Brown and Mike told of their growing years together in their School Street neighborhood. Later, when we met, I could see why Ike was so well liked and considered to be one of the finest of long ago friends.”


Dominique and Bruno Courtet posted on 1/5/19

All our thoughts are with Mrs Hall, Jim and the whole family . We had the great chance to meet Mr Hall at Michelle‘s wedding.


Lois Dangler posted on 1/5/19

So very saddened. Mr. Hall was a very kind , wonderful man. Rest in Peace sir.


Michele Enos posted on 1/5/19

I was so saddened hear of Mr. Hall's passing. He was a wonderful man! I had the greatest respect for him. So sorry for your loss.


Karleen Johnson posted on 1/4/19

The best principal in the world. Rest in peace Mr. Hall. Thank you for putting up with brats like me for 30+ years. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Jim n cindy brewbaker posted on 1/4/19

wonderful man, tutor to our daughter. may he rest in the arms of his lord. jim n cindy brewbaker onaway


Marie Portice Pierce posted on 1/4/19

My deepest sympathies to the Hall family. I had Mr. Hall for several classes and he was a teacher who truly loved his students. He wanted all young students on his watch to succeed. I have thought of him over the years with application for him in my young life. I remember his words, “a bad day at black rock “!! I will keep you all in my prayers.


Bill Blackwood posted on 1/4/19

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My deepest sympathies to his family. RIP Jim.


Steve and Barb Musselman posted on 1/4/19

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim's family and friends. Jim was a permanent fixture with the Phoenix East condo and loved by everyone. His absence will be felt by all the Snowbird guests. Rest in peace.


Howard Nash posted on 1/4/19

Rest In Peace Mr. Hall. He was my absolute favorite teacher at OHS, of any year....K-12. Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Junior High BB, Junior Varsity football...every class and sport, he was always so helpful. Throughout the years after graduation, he was never too busy to talk about my high school years. Prayers are with the Hall family.


Sam Nieto Rivera posted on 1/4/19

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Chuck Boerger posted on 1/4/19

Rest In Peace Mr. Hall. I loved your math classes so much because of your wit and your caring attitude towards your students. Well done good and faithful servant.


Scott Alan Francis Keeler posted on 1/4/19

I wish I had known you better, Unclea Ike. Gee, you were a busy man! Thank you for taking care of all my cousins in your care. God Bless You Uncle Ike! I'll pray for you and your family. Love, Scott Alan Francis Keeler


Jane Smith(Freel) posted on 1/4/19

Prayers and blessings to Marge and the family as they mourn the loss of their husband, father and grandfather. I will always remember Mr. Hall as a kind man who cared for his students. RIP


Tonya (Skuse) Hirtzel posted on 1/4/19

Condolences to the Hall Family. My grandfather worked at the school and always spoke highly of Mr. Hall, who was the Superintendent when I was in elementary school. I remember once one of my teachers had to leave early unexpectedly & Mr. Hall came down from his office to be with our class of little kids until school got out. At the time, I thought that was pretty cool. May his memory be a blessing.


Cheryl Marvin Newsted Lemmon posted on 1/4/19

I had Mr.Hall for a teacher when he first started in Onaway. We were also neighbors in town for many years. They had a wonderful family. He also taught our daughter Carla and son Victor. Mr. Hall was a true gentleman. Prayer's for all 💘


Jim Peacock posted on 1/4/19

Mr. Hall was the greatest. I had gotten in school suspension for something I didn’t do. So I had to sit in a class room during lunch while everyone else did their own thing. This went on for weeks. All I had to do was wash the class tables. I wasn’t guilty so I wasn’t going to wash them. After several weeks Mr Hall stopped by and asked me why I wasn’t going to lunch everyday. So I told him that I had been unjustly serving my time. Mr Hall himself washed every table. He was half way through when the teacher walked in and asked him why he was washing the tables. Mr Hall told him that he believed me, that I didn’t write on the tables. That has stuck with me all these years. Rest In Peace Mr Hall.


Karen Ball posted on 1/4/19

I am so terribly sorry to hear of your family's loss. Mr. Hall was a tremendous force for good in the Onaway Community, not least of all through his nurturing and mentorship of multiple generations of students! His impact can never be measured and I hope that recognition of this impact and the love we all had for him can bring you some measure of peace and comfort in this difficult time.


Nola Berry posted on 1/4/19

So sorry to the Hall family Jim Hall was a good man he definitely left his mark on the paths of us children of Onaway High. Thank you for sharing him with us ❤️


Greg Kessler posted on 1/3/19

Ken, Mary Lou and the entire Hall family, I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your father (father in law). I hope that the entire Hall family finds peace and comfort in God in your time of need. I will keep the entire Hall family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you, Sincerely, Greg Kessler


Teresa and Jim Winter posted on 1/3/19

So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Hall. He was an amazing teacher and adminstrator, but most importantly he was a great person. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.


Richard & Ruth Stewart posted on 1/3/19

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We have fond memories of our time spent talking and laughing with Jim at the Phoenix West. Even though it was 3 years ago Jim made a lasting memory with us for his friendship and quick wit.