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John F Hall

November 29, 1922 ~ January 15, 2017 (age 94)
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ohn Forist Hall, 94 of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Tendercare Gaylord.

Born November 29, 1922 in Waynesville, OH, he was the son of Lloyd and Hazel (Taylor) Hall.

John grew up in Columbus, OH where he graduated high school and later attended Ohio State University where he received his Bachelors Degree.  John received his Masters Degree from Chrysler Institute.  He worked for almost forty years at Chrysler Corporation as an automotive engineer, retiring in January of 1985.

On May 7, 1949 he married the love of his life, Genevieve Jane Nowotarski, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit.  They lived in Bloomfield Township for many years where they raised their family.  John had long desired to live in Traverse City.  His dream was realized when they moved there in 1988.

He was an avid golfer who enjoyed the outdoors and tending to his organic garden, his nut and fruit trees and his grapes, which he used in his winemaking.   A master craftsman, he enjoyed woodworking and had built several kayaks and canoes.

John was also a dedicated parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mapleton.  He loved the church and its parishioners and they loved him.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Genevieve Jane Hall; his children, Sandra Marie (Randall) Howard of Seattle, WA, John Forist Hall Jr. of Grand Junction, CO, Thomas Lloyd Hall of Colorado Springs, CO and Susan (Joe Hoin) Hall DVM of Gaylord; grandchildren, Neal Howard, Jay Howard, Lauren Hall and Michael Hall; a brother, Howard H. (Joyce) Hall DVM of Frankfort, KY and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lorain Hall; and a sister, Eileen Caulfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the spring at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mapleton.  Those who wish are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Father Fred Foundation.

Arrangements are by Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  Please share your memories and personal messages with the family at

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