Hall, Ray

Written by David Green.

Ray “Tut” Hall, 78, of Coldwater, Mich., died Feb. 20, 2010, at the Community Health Center of Branch County in Coldwater. 

He was born March 21, 1931, in Riga, Mich., the son of Clyde and Sylvia (Livingston) Hall. On March 24, 1951, in Morenci, Mich., he married Betty Simpkins and she survives.

Tut was a truck driver for many years, retiring from USF Holland Trucking in 1994. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 through 1953 during the Korean War.  He was a member of the Teamsters Union, the Morenci American Legion Post #368 and the Morenci Eagles Aerie #1297. Tut enjoyed his grandchildren, NASCAR racing and fishing.

Besides his wife, Tut is survived by one daughter, Jeanne Rae Dietrich of Morenci; three sons, Terry Hall of Bay City, Mich., Kevin (and Laura) Hall of Morenci, and Tracy Hall of Osseo, Mich.; three grandchildren, Lenna (and Pat) McCaskey, Brock (and Kate) Dietrich and Jediah Hall; four great-grandchildren, Mia and Ella Dietrich and Camden and Beckett McCaskey; one sister, Wanda (and Carl) Kruse of Morenci; one brother, Roy (and Fern) Hall of Waldron; and special friends, Luella Rutan and family.

Tut was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Hall.

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a charity of donor's choice.

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