James V. Hall 84, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He was born February 27, 1933 in Newton, Kansas to Verlin and Nora (Frerking) Hall. On September 28, 1952 he married Marilyn R. Bidwell in Whitewater, Kansas and she preceded him in death on November 4, 2010. He served his country in the U.S. Airforce
James was a member of the Federated Church in Whitewater, Kansas, the Whitewater American Legion and the Kansas Livestock Assc. James served many years on the Plum Grove Township Board in Butler County where he was a Farmer/Rancher since 1959. He enjoyed relaxing watching the Western Channel on tv and especially enjoyed John Wayne Movies. Family was important to James and he looked forward to spending time on the farm with his large family and many friends. One of his great joys was sitting on his farm house porch reminiscing and telling stories to those gathered around and reminding everyone that he remained in charge and was “the boss” of the ranch right till the end.
He is survived by his daughter: Melanie (Tim) Graber of Newton; sons: David (Deb) Hall of El Dorado; Steve ( Barbara) Hall Sarasota, FL; Bruce (Jane) Hall of Plano, TX; Grandchildren: Joshua (Amy) Hall; Tylen (Ashley) Hall; Tyson (Penny) Nielson; Christopher (Anna) Hall; Justin Hall (Ronalyn Perez); Michael Hall; T.J. Graber; Erin Graber and Catherine Graber. Sisters Judy Whiteside Haleyville, AL; Janette Mathena Greenwood, IN; Jolene Wilson Rockwood, TN and brother Odie Hall of Greencastle IN. He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren.
James is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother Donald, sister Edith Hayes and two infant sisters.
Graveside committal service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Whitewater Cemetery with Pastor Lucas McConnell presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Petersen Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to Kansas Wild Fire Relief with the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA ) for relief to those affected by the Western Kansas Wild Fire.