John William Hall, 90

May 02, 2009

OCT. 24, 1918-APRIL 30, 2009

John William Hall, 90, of 232 Jackson Ave. in Hagerstown, Md., and formerly of Key Avenue in Hagerstown, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the home of his daughter.

Born Oct. 24, 1918, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Samuel and Molly Laudenslager Hall.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the occupation of Japan.

After leaving the armed services, he worked for Fairchild as a firefighter.

He joined the Western Enterprise Fire Co. as a volunteer firefighter in 1940. In 1950, he was hired as a paid firefighter and assigned to the Pioneer

Hook and Ladder Co. In 1952, he became fire chief and served the City of Hagerstown until 1974, when he retired due to injuries fighting a fire.


He was a member of Grace Bible Church, a life member of AMVETS Post 10 and American Legion Morris Frock Post 42.

He is survived by his spouse of 46 years, Belva L. Beard Hall; daughter, Barbara Hall McKendrick and her husband, Jack, of Waynesboro, Pa.; daughter, Laura Hall Reamy and her husband, John, of Hagerstown; grandchildren, Eric McKendrick, Lori Decker, Amy Reamy and Bethany Reamy; and great-grandchildren, Kelsea Decker and Meghan Decker.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Grace J. Newkirk, Edna M. Shipley and Mary St. Clair; and two brothers, Samuel L. Hall Jr. and Robert A. Hall.

Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Pastor Steve Taylor will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Viewing will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Minnich Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hagerstown Fire Department, Smoke Detector Program, 25 Church St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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