In Loving Memory
Cornett E. “Gene” Hall, 79, died Wed. Aug. 18, 2010 at Wheatridge Park Care Center, in Liberal, KS.
He was born November 1, 1930, in Liberal, the son of James Cornett and Ethel Marie (Kidd) Hall and grew up on a farm northwest of Liberal.
He graduated from Liberal High School in 1948 and was president of the senior class. He received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Kansas University in 1953. While at KU, he was a member of the Delta Upsilon, president of Alpha Kappa Psi and a Distinguished R.O.T.C. graduate.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Elk Lodge BPOE No. 1947, American Legion Post No. 80 and a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Psi.
He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and retired in 1976 as a Lt. Colonel. During his career in the Air Force, he earned a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and received the Joint Service Commendation Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals. One of his assignments was at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he was an instructor and a Associate Professor.
After his retirement from the Air Force, he and his family returned to Liberal where he was employed as a controller for Tradewind Industries, instructor and Director of Occupational Education at Seward County Community College and internal auditor and Vice – President at First National Bank of Liberal. He also had served as president of the SCCC Faculty Association, chairman of the Liberal Advisory Board, a past member of the SCCC Board of Trustees, past member of the Leadership Liberal Board of Trustees and the Liberal Country Club where he had served on the Board of Directors. He had served as chairman of the local chapter of SCORE, and was a past member of the New Mexico Society of CPA’s and was listed in the Marquis 20th edition of “Who’s Who in the Midwest.”
He was an assistant treasurer for the Pat Roberts for Congress Committee.
In 1984, he was awarded a gold medallion as a “Medal of Merit” by President Ronald Reagan and made a charter member of the Republican Presidential Task Force founded by President Reagan. He had received an official flag of the United States, which was dedicated during a special ceremony in the U. S. Capitol Rotunda commissioned as an award to a Patriotic American who is working for a Better America.
On August 19, 1952, he married Wanda June Denney in Liberal, KS. She survives.
Other survivors include 3 sons, Vance Eugene Hall and wife, Kendra, Hugoton, KS, Mark Denney Hall, Liberal, KS, and Wade Michael Hall and wife, Tara, Overland Park, KS; 1 daughter, Gena Denise Harris and husband, Steven, Albuquerque, NM; and 9 grandchildren, Logan and Denny Harris, Albuquerque, N.M., Stephanie and Brett Emert, Overland Park, KS, Preston Hall, Liberal, KS, Kristen and John McKee, Guymon, OK, Jared Hall, Liberal, KS, and Gage Hall, Overland, Park, KS.
Preceded in death by his father in 1953 and mother in 1973.
o A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23rd, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Randall presiding. A time of sharing and fellowship will follow the service.
A private graveside service will be held with military honors by the U.S. Air Force.
The casket will remain closed. Friends may sign the register book 1- 5 p.m. Sunday at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society or to Wheatridge Park Care Center in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences to family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com.