July 8. 1923 - Sept. 9, 2006
George W. Hall, 83, of Fort Madison died at 5:07 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, in Fort Madison.
He was born on July 8, 1923, in Keokuk, the son of George and Ethel Hall Merrett. He was raised by his maternal grandparents.
He married Helen Stoops in 1940 in Keokuk. He married Marie Templeton on June 23, 1992, in Fort Madison. She preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 1992.
He served in the United States Army as a ranger during World War II. He was a prisoner of war for 14 months. In 1946, following the war, he was given the Key to the City of Keokuk. He had lived in various places, including Arkansas and Des Moines. He had worked as a logger, a carpenter and in production. He had been employed by Swifts and Fruehauf in the Keokuk area.
He was a devoted Catholic and later became a member of The Church of New Beginnings.
Survivors include: a son, Donald E. Skinner and his wife, Judy, of Montrose; six grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren, for whom he had a special love.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two sons; a stepson; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in The Church of New Beginnings, Keokuk, with Pastor Don William Skinner officiating.
Burial, with military rites, will be in Keokuk National Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the times of the services.
Memorials may be made to Hospice.
On-line condolences may be left at www.dejongsfuneralhome.com.