Patrick H. J. Hall, 91, decorated WWII vet, Mason, worked for Lancaster Press, U.S. Postal Service

By on May 10, 2017

Patrick H. J. Hall, 91, of Manheim, passed peacefully in his sleep on Friday, May 5, 2017, at Lebanon V.A. Hospital.

He was the loving husband of the late Genevieve Segro Hall for 45 years, before her passing in March 2000. Born in the Strasburg/Nickel Mines area, he was one of eight children of the late Harry H. and Mabel Bodge Hall.

A 1943 graduate of East Lampeter Township High School, Patrick worked at Armstrong Cork Company prior to entering the U.S. Army in November 1943 during World War II. After basic training at Camp Croft, S.C., he served in the European Theater 30 days after D-Day with the 9th Division, 60th Infantry. In addition to the Purple Heart Medal, Patrick also received the EAME Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, Victory Medal, World War Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star Medal. Returning back to the states on Dec. 27, 1945 to recuperate in Rome, Ga., for a period of time, he was honorably discharged from Camp Upton, N.Y., in May 1946.

He was employed for 27 years as a monotype press operator at Lancaster Press, and after retiring from there worked 10 years for the U.S Postal Service.

Patrick was a life member of Masonic Lodges No. 764 and No. 43 F & AM; Tall Cedars of Lebanon; 32nd degree Reading Consistory; American Legion Post No. 34 for 25 years; and B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge No. 134 for 25 years. He was also a long time and devoted member of Church of the Apostles, United Church of Christ in Lancaster.

Surviving are a daughter: Denise H., wife of Donald H. Clardy, and their children: Carly and Garrett, of Manheim, with whom Patrick lived for the past nine years; a son: Galen P., husband of ColynMarie Hall, of Norristown; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister: Edna Schaeffer of Lancaster; and a dear friend: Ree Owens of Rome, Ga.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Harriet Bender, Bertha Hall, Annie Keane, Minney May, Robert Hall, and Lewis Hall.

The family wishes to express a special note of gratitude to Patrick’s loved ones and friends in Rome, Ga. He never forgot them and their hospitality.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral service in Church of the Apostles U.C.C., 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, on Thursday, May 11, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Kathryn Kuhn officiating. The family will greet friends at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Strasburg Mennonite Church with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Wreaths Across America; Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery; Annville, PA 17003.

To send an online condolence, visit DeBord Snyder Funeral Home and Crematory, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

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