NEWARK — A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph Vernon Hall, 85, of Newark will be held at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Jonathan Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors provided by the Licking County Veteran Alliance.
Vernon died at Licking Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. He was born Jan. 10, 1925, to the late Henry and Leona (Nold) Hall. He was a lifelong resident of Newark and also spent considerable time in Mount Vernon.
Vernon, a 1942 St. Francis de Sales High School graduate, joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a Seaman, Second Class, and served as a Radar-man on the Battleship USS California during World War II. In 1942, he met his first wife, Mary Jane, and married in 1948 at St. Francis de Sales Church, Newark. Vernon attended Ohio Northern University, graduating in 1950, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
After this time, Vernon operated his own land surveying and engineering business in Licking County and throughout central Ohio. In 1960, Mr. Hall had the opportunity to join the city of Newark as city engineer. In 1970, he worked for a period of time with the Licking County Engineer’s Office and from 1970 to 1990, he was city engineer of Mount Vernon. He not only took pride in his business, but truly relished the friends he made during his time in business and serving the community. Over the years, his engineering expertise and reputation led him to be highly respected by his peers.
In his early years, Mr. Hall was active in athletics, having a particular fondness for baseball. He coached many youth baseball, basketball and football teams in the Newark and Mount Vernon area, often winning league championships.
Vernon is survived by his second wife of three years, Mary Geraldine (Williams) Murphy Hall, of the home; his children, James and Dianne Hall of Howard, Joseph Hall of Newark, Judy and Ted Williams of Newark, and Mike and Kathy Hall of Florence, S.C.; seven grandchildren; his sister, Evelyn and Bernard Oberfield of Newark; his brother, Curtis Hall of Huron; his wife’s family, Robert and Georgine Murphy, Karen and John Vesico, Mike and Donna Murphy, Pam and Doug Beeson, Mary Murphy, Richard Murphy, Patrick and Wendi Murphy, Susan Baughman and John Murphy; 33 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; his nieces and nephews; other relatives and many close friends.
In addition to his parents, Vernon was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jane (Deyo) Hall; his brother, Kenneth; and Geraldine’s son, Gerald Murphy.
Friends and family may call Friday, Jan. 15, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, where a vigil service will take place at 7:30 p.m.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Blessed Sacrament Building Fund, 378 E. Main St., Newark, OH 43055. For an online guestbook, please visit www.reedegan.com.