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January 22, 2020 - 00:00
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Betty Ann (Poel) Hall: born in Albany, Illinois, April 21, 1928, the first child of Bertha (Housenga) Poel and Henry Poel; died Jan. 6, 2020.

Clarence Joseph Hall: born in Nashua, Iowa, April 11, 1925, the third son of Sina (Teijen) Hall and Claude Hendley Hall; died Jan. 12, 2020.

They met in Cordova, Illinois while Clarence worked for the railroad and Betty finished school.

Clarence served in WWII aboard a Navy destroyer. Betty, known for her singing voice, performed all over Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin for wounded soldiers in hospitals.

They started dating again after the war and married Feb. 21, 1948.

Clarence graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. They soon moved to Kewanee, Illinois, raising three boys.

Clarence worked for several companies as a purchasing manager. Betty stayed home until the boys were older, then worked many years for General Telephone Co. in Kewanee, Illinois.

After retirement, they became fulltime RVers, working at various campgrounds around the country during the summer and wintering in Bandera, Texas, where they made numerous lasting friendships.

They remained in Bandera until their passing, just six days apart after nearly 72 years of marriage.

They are survived by Gregory (wife Kathy), David (wife Carolyn), Kevin (wife Gina), six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, Betty’s younger brother Harlan “Bud” Poel and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Pipe Creek Presbyterian Church.