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Donald F. Hall, of Midland, passed away on February 24, 2021. He was born on March 17, 1938 to the late Fred and Dorothy (Tennant) Hall. He was the second baby to be born in the Gladwin Hospital when it newly opened in 1938.  He married Yvonne E. Klein on September 16,1961 and they shared 59 blessed years together.


Don graduated from Gladwin High School in 1958.  Don’s family in Gladwin owned Halls Rexall Pharmacy where he grew up helping in the store.  His ties to the community were strong throughout his life. Don along with his wife, founded the Gladwin County Historical Museum on Main Street in Gladwin. Don collected antique logging tools which remain in the museum.


Don attended Michigan State University, where he received his Associates Degree in Lumber and Building Material Merchandizing. Then moved to Midland where he became a strong influence in the area, serving on many boards and owning a number of rental properties. Don started at Wickes Lumber in 1959 and worked there for 5 years, where he first met Earl Bennett. From here he made a career with Bennett Construction for 33 years, building 100’s of homes and buildings along with help from Harbron Electric, Brubaker Plumbing and Heating. In 1974 Don served as the president of the Home Builders Association of Midland. In 2012 he was presented with the Midland Home Builders Lifetime Achievement Award. Don was known for his generosity and knowledge of construction which he used as an arbitrator for several attorneys in the area.


Don is a retired Life time member of the National Guard Association of Michigan.


Together the Hall’s and Bennett’s built the Fairview Inn which the Hall’s continued to own and run it until it was sold in 2014. Don was most proud that they build the motel in “100 days”. The double decker bus is still at the Inn on Wackerly and it remains a symbol of their love for antiques which includes an extensive collection of miniature buses from all over the world, especially England.  In the first few years of Don and Yvonne’s retirement in 1997 the couple traveled by car all over the US and ended up visiting every state, except North Dakota, but they really enjoyed visiting Alaska twice. 


Don is survived by his wife Yvonne, siblings Susan (Larry) Burks, Douglas (Iola) Hall, Brother in-law Greg (Elleen) Klein, nieces and nephews, Adam (Andrea) Burks, Shawn (Julie) Burks, Beth (Chris) McGrath, Brad (Jodi) Hall, Janice Hall, Jennifer Alles, Evelynn Matelske, Phillis (Jules) Higgins, Mason (Andrea) Hall, David (Jennifer) Klein, Nicole (Jared) Waters, Kristine (Doug) Fetterolf, Mark (Bonnie) McKenna, Steve McKenna, Shawn (Mandy) McKenna, Brian Balyeat, Tamara Balyeat Lawrence.


Don was predeceased by his parents Fred and Dorothy (Tennant) Hall, brother Bud Hall, sister in-law Marjorie Balyeat.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home with Pastor Don Duford officiating.  Friends may visit with the family from Noon until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, please consider the Gladwin County Historical Museum, 221 W. Cedar Ave., Gladwin Mi. 48624 and The Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Cir., Midland Mi. 48640


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Hall family; to share special memory please visit www.smithminer.com

Condolence Messages

  1. Don Walter

    09 March 2021 11 months ago

    May God grant you comfort and strength in this difficult time Yvonne.

  2. Wayne and Nicole Neely

    07 March 2021 11 months ago

    We are so sorry to read of Don’s passing. May your good memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. Deonne Goodrow

    07 March 2021 11 months ago

    Yvonne, I am so sorry to hear about Don. You were one of my first roommates in 1961. I don’t remember if you had started dating him at that time or not. I’m so happy that you had so many years together. I married a “Don” too. We had 14 years together before he passed with vascular dementia in 2018. With sympathy, Deonne Sheltrown Goodrow

  4. Lori Bennett

    06 March 2021 11 months ago

    I am so sorry Yvonne to learn of Don’s passing. So many fond memories of him!

  5. Gaynol and Harold Marsh

    04 March 2021 11 months ago

    Harold and I are so sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He was a special friend, always smiling and such a great companion to you, Yvonne. Our prayers go out to you, stay strong.

  6. Fred & Linda Dice

    04 March 2021 11 months ago

    Our deepest sympathies Yvonne. Don was a great individual who spent a large portion of his life working with Linda’s father at Bennett Construction. Don was always a great help to all he encountered plus the family. He will be greatly missed. Don was certainly a very unique individual working very hard and was very successful. We always admired Don and Linda and I will always appreciate your friendship. Our prayers are with you.

  7. Sue Rummel

    04 March 2021 11 months ago

    My deepest sympathy, Yvonne. I understand how hard it is to lose your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Saundra Dichiera

    03 March 2021 11 months ago

    Yvonne, I am so sorry for your loss. I know the loss of your husband is heartbreaking, I pray that God will be with you always helping and walking in Love with you. Remember the wonderful times and that will help you during your next journey. My heart goes out to you. If am so glad I was able to talk with Don recently. His love for everyone is astounding. God be with you I will try and call you soon.

  9. Jo Richardson

    02 March 2021 11 months ago

    Condolences to the Hall family, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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