Funeral services for Arnold Hall, age 72, of Page, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Faith Community Church in O’Neill. Burial will be in the O’Neill Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the O’Neill American Legion Simonson Post #93. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill with a 7 p.m. Prayer Service. Arnold passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Biglin’s Mortuary in O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.
Arnold Dean Hall was born March 17, 1944 to George and Olga (Kornock) Hall in Orchard, NE. Arnold experienced a rich expanse of childhood, one that allowed him to ride a horse to a one-room schoolhouse along with earning a spot at State in pole vault. He graduated high school in 1962 and immediately volunteered to serve his country.
After years overseas, Arnold returned home to Page and farmed with his father. Shortly after, he met the love of his life, Sharon Jackson, at Woody’s Café in O’Neill. The happy couple was married on June 15, 1968.
A child came the next year, and Arnold worked diligently to the end to support his family. From driving a milk truck (while still farming) to coaching his kid’s sports teams, Arnold served his family in any way he could.
In 1997, he became the Holt County Veteran’s Service Officer. He later earned the leadership role for Boyd and Wheeler County. He served in many groups including the Emporia and Ewing school boards, 4-H Foundation Board, Secretary/Treasurer of the Veteran’s Service Office Association, Secretary/Treasurer of the District 2 Legion, Commander and Vice Commander of the O’Neill American Legion, board member of the O’Neill American Legion Baseball Association, Chairman of the Holt County Government Day program. He also was a member of the Holt County Juvenile Justice Team, the Family Preservation Team, Holt/Boyd Crisis Response Team, a Board member on the Problem Solving Court and Holt County Juvenile Services (secretary).
When he was presented with time away from work, nothing was allowed to compete with spending time with his family. Arnold could be counted on to create and lead creative games/experiences that brought family and friends together. Additionally, he enjoyed watching Legion Baseball, take pictures, and hunt.
Arnold is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon Hall of Page; five children, Steve Hall and fiancé, Ashley Oswald, of O’Neill, Craig Hall and wife, Kay, of Kansas City, MO, Keri Torres and husband, Ricardo, of Omaha, Will Schmidt and wife, Cassie, of Omaha, and Sam Schmidt of Colorado Springs, CO; ten grandchildren, Abby, Paige, Rylee, Max, Damian, Jisselle, Olivia, Giovanni, Stella and Dominic; two sisters, Betty Hall of O’Neill and Virginia Hall of Colorado Springs, CO; and many nieces and nephews.