Sept. 18, 1917-Oct. 23, 2018
Leon Dale “Lee” Hall passed away on Oct. 23, 2018. Lee was born on Sept. 18, 1917 to Frank and Celia Hall on their family ranch near King Hill, Idaho. He was one of eight siblings including Bessie, Vera, Curtis, Rodney, Nick, Lester, and Lyle. Lee lived and worked on the ranch until graduating from high school in 1935.
Lee started his adventures in life when he joined the Merchant Marines in 1935. He traveled the world, starting out in the Pacific, living in San Francisco and ended in the Atlantic, sailing out of New York City. Serving the Merchant Marines during WWII, Lee’s ship was sunk by a German U-boat while on one of his runs to England, and Lee was one of the survivors. Lee ended his career in the Merchant Marines in 1950, with an honorable discharge as a Lieutenant (JG).
While Lee was traveling home from New York to Idaho after getting out of the Merchant Marines, Lee, by chance, stopped in Butte, Montana to work in the mines to get enough money to get back home. That was when he met Florence, the love of his life. They were married on April 14, 1951 with Florence already having two children, John and Marie Mooney. Lee raised and loved John and Marie as if they were his own. They later had three more children, Leon Jr., LeeAnn, and Robert.
The rest of his life was spent in Butte. Lee started working in the mines in 1950 which included Badger, Travona, Kelley, and Mountain Con. Leaving the mines in 1962, he took a management position with Kenwood Realty as a part of the Anaconda Company. He also joined the Kiwanis Club and was very active in the club throughout the 60’s.
After retiring in 1981, Lee and Florence traveled the country quite often and enjoyed sightseeing, visiting family and friends, and fishing off the coast of Oregon. They also became snowbirds, staying in Arizona for the winter months and coming home during the warmer months. They did all of this for a long time until Florence passed away on June 4, 1996. Lee kept active after Florence’s passing by doing the things he deeply loved for as long as he was able to, that included hobbies such as camping, fishing, and hunting.
Lee always cherished and valued the importance of family and friends, which were many throughout his life. He thoroughly enjoyed going to his family and school reunions for many years. Lee will be sorely missed by the people who knew him. He lived a full and happy life and was loved by all.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and loving wife, Florence.
Lee is survived by his sons and daughters, John (Joan) Mooney of Las Vegas, Nevada, Marie Cook of Minot, North Dakota, Leon (Lindy) Jr. of Wells, Nevada, LeeAnn (Chris) Schmidt of Newalla, Oklahoma, and Robert (Ofelia) Hall of Butte, Montana. He is survived by his grandchildren: Mandy (MaryAnn) Mooney and Mike Mooney, Connie (Joel) Fiest, Eric Gageby, Greg Schmidt, and Jacque (Aaron) McKay, Victoria Hall, Loreen (Travis) Johnson, Robert (Addison) Hall, and Ryan (Brianna) Hall. He is also survived by many great-grandchildren: Adam Foger; Amber (Rob) Rotramel and Austin Fiest, Chelsea and Nathan Gageby, Sean Bustos, Tryston, Colton, and Bristol Johnson, and baby (Otto) Hall.
We are grateful to Jane Johnson for taking wonderful care of Lee for many years while he resided in his home in Walkerville until he was 99. We would also like to thank Copper Ridge for their care, kindness, and compassion.
The funeral services will be celebrated at Duggan Dolan Mortuary (1805 Meadow Lark, Butte, Montana 59701) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, with visitation starting at 10 a.m.