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