Melvin Edward Hall – April 1, 1932 – November 24, 2010 – Father, teacher, coach, and a comfort to dogs.
Mel passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, attended by his son Jim and his beloved Irish Setters Sue and Paladin. His final days were brightened considerably by visits from family, friends, and former students.
Mr. Hall was born in Muskegon to parents Melvin Bristol Hall and Irene (Vos) Hall. After graduation from Muskegon High School in 1950 he attended Western Michigan University, funded by R.O.T.C. and a Latin scholarship. He made the Bronco football team as a walk-on, and was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
After satisfying his military commitments, he completed his Masters degree at WMU. In 1959, he married the former Lois Marie Pugh and joyously welcomed the arrival of sons James Edward (1961) and John Lee (1963).
He began a career as a high school teacher and administrator at Allegan High, moving on to DeTour and Gobles high schools before landing at Spring Lake High School in 1964. He taught English and Latin at SLHS until his retirement in 1992 and was the school’s first Cross Country coach. He also coached Track & Field for the Lakers, overseeing the design of the track facilities at Grabinski Field, and introduced girls’ teams in both Track and Cross Country. His boys’ track teams experienced a streak of 41 dual meet victories that was unbroken from 1981 to 1986.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Kenneth James Hall, his son John Lee Hall, and his former wife Lois. He is survived by his son Jim, sister-in-law Donna Hall of Fremont, daughter-in-law Karla Kube of East Lansing, Matthew Kube-McDowell of West Lafayette, IN, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at the VanZantwick, Bartels, & Kammeraad Funeral Home of Spring Lake. The Reverend Dan Anderson will officiate the service at the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Save Our Setters, Inc. on-line at www.saveoursetters.org or by mail at Save Our Setters, Inc. P.O. Box 328 Oakland, TN 38060.
Arrangements are being handled by VanZantwick, Bartels, & Kammeraad Funeral Home of Spring Lake.