Thomas L. Hall -- West Concord
Thomas L. Hall, 94, of West Concord, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.
Thomas was born on June 8, 1924, in Mexia, Texas, the son of Johnny and Lela (Pitts) Hall. He grew up in Mexia, where he graduated from high school in 1941, at the age of 16. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force on June 26, 1942, and served in the European Theater. He was a POW for a few months and was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1945.
On July 9, 1945, Thomas married Roberta Pirkl in Glendale, Calif. The couple lived there until 1949, when they moved to West Concord so Thomas could help his father-in-law run his appliance business, Pirkl Appliance. Eventually, Thomas went into a partnership with his father-in-law and the business was renamed Pirkl & Hall. Thomas owned and operated it for 26 years. He then went to work for Total Asphalt in the Twin Cities. He also worked for Development Assistance Corporation overseas in Qatar, building housing.
Thomas was a pilot and enjoyed flying, along with spending time at the cabin, fishing, hunting, trap shooting, crossword puzzles and he was an avid reader.
He was a faithful member of Concord Church of Christ, the West Concord American Legion and POW/MIA Association.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Roberta, of West Concord; son, Craig (Kris) Hall, of Rochester and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Concord Church of Christ in Old Concord. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Concord Church of Christ, with Rev. Peter Moen officiating. Burial, with military honors by the Countywide Funeral Detail, will be in the Concord Cemetery in Old Concord.