Alvin G. Hall

OCALA, FL. – Alvin G. Hall, 73, passed away at Monroe Regional Medical Center, in Ocala, Florida on January 29, 2014.

He was born July 27, 1940 in Detroit, Michigan to Eva V. (Wayrynen) and Alvin G. Hall. Sometime after his father had passed away, his mother married John Hautamaki and the family moved to Tapiola, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, where Al spent his teen years hunting, fishing and trapping.

He graduated from John Doelle High School in 1958 and joined the U.S. Army, where he served as a data processor in Europe and then finally in Chicago until 1962.

Al began his career working for the Ann Arbor and Chesapeake & Ohio Railroads, then in 1973 he was hired by the U.S. Postal Service in Traverse City, Michigan, retiring in 1992. He and his wife Sonia (Brown) were able to fulfil their dream of retirement on the Manistique Lake, near Germfask, Michigan, where Al returned to his boyhood roots and the sport he loved the most – fishing. He and Sonia enjoyed 20 years on the lake together and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

He was a devoted husband, Papa, “Gruncle,” and brother. A man of exemplary character and quiet ways whose actions spoke volumes about the meaning of true love, loyalty, faithfulness, integrity, humility and service. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Al is survived by his loving wife, Sonia; his brothers, Don Hall and Mark (Gloria) Hall; a brother-in-law, Gary Lyttinen; his step-children: Robert (Melinda) O’Leary, Sonia (Gary) Clem, Michelle (Marvin) Theile; his grandchildren: Jessica, Sean, Jesse, Allison, Angela, Becky, Jody, Jenny, Paul; great-grandchildren: Katrina, Ethan, Brooklyn, Aniston, Austin, Jayden, Eva, Adleigh, and Jacob; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father John Hautamaki, sister Judy Lyttinen, and two great- grandsons, Corin and Zeke Goodwin.

Family and friends are planning a memorial service next spring/early summer in Michigan.

His final resting placing will be Maple Grove Township Cemetery in Kaleva, Michigan.

Expressions of sympathy can be shared at HIERS-BAXLEY.com