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April 26, 1928 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
Attempting to briefly summarize the life Edwin lived is virtually impossible. He was a man full of faith, mechanical prowess, and love for his family, friends, and community. His calm, gentle, and jovial nature drew in and uplifted those around him.
Edwin Emil Hall went to his heavenly home on January 19, 2024, in Canon City, Colorado, which has been his home for the last 70 years.
He was born in Putnam, Oklahoma on April 26, 1928, to Irl and Ruby Hall. Edwin was the fourth of seven children. At the early age of 6 he began cultivating a work ethic that would follow him for his lifetime. He earned money to buy his first bicycle at age 8 and three years later he took on his first job at the local movie theater. His quality of character was recognized by his employer at the Edsel Sinclair Station in Seiling when he was promoted to store manager at age 16!
Edwin graduated from Seiling High School in 1947. Following graduation, a considerable amount of time was spent traveling, finding odd jobs along his journey. He was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War in 1951. During his two-year enlisted service to our country, he received a Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star Service Pin, the U.N. Service Medal, a Purple Heart, and a Combat Infantry Badge.
While briefly posted at Camp Carson, Edwin met Bessie Mae Wilson, who would later become his wife on October 11, 1953. Following the purchase of 10 acres of land from her parents, they formed 3,000 adobe bricks and built their family home in which they lived for the next 50 years.
Edwin and Bessie Mae were delighted by the birth of their beautiful daughter Debbie in 1955 and again in 1962 when they completed their family by bringing home their precious adopted son Nathan.
Debbie gave him the gift of becoming the grandfather of Diana, Bradley, and Kristen. Edwin relished the opportunity to offer a warm lap and rich experiences. He took on the role of a father figure and sculpted their lives and the lives of his 7 great-grandchildren.
Edwin retired from Portec Inc. after 28 years. This position was held while farming hay, maintaining the vehicles and farm equipment, tending livestock, serving on the Four Mile Irrigation Committee, and selflessly providing for his wife, two children, and three grandchildren.
Faith in the Lord and desire to be an active part of the Body of Christ, led him to accept a position as an Elder at First Christian Church where he served in a variety of ways.
Some of his most cherished pastimes were watching and participating in team sports, 4-wheeling, hiking, fishing, camping, and going for drives. All the while, he took care to share these experiences and capture them through videography and photography.
A better husband, father, grandfather, mentor, or friend could not have been wished for. His family, who have been touched by this great man, will gratefully continue living out his legacy.
Edwin was preceded in death by Alvin, Eldon, Clifford (brothers), Deborah (daughter), and Paislee (granddaughter). He is survived by Hubert (brother), Irlene and Eileen (sisters), Bessie Mae (wife), Nathan (son), Diana, Bradley, Kristen (grandchildren), Haley, Joshua, Noelle, Gabriel, Azaiah, Caleb, and Sarai (great-grandchildren).
The Holt Family Funeral Home (806 Macon Ave.) will host a memorial service on January 26, 2024, at 10 AM. A graveside service will follow at Mountain Vale Memorial Park. At 1 PM, a reception will begin at the Hall Residence (3275 Chaparral Rd). In lieu of flowers, please honor Edwin with your contribution to support the ministry of the Sangre de Cristo Seminary, 6160 County Rd. 130 Westcliffe, CO 81252, or online at sdcseminary.org/giving.