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April 1, 2013

James M. Hall Jr.

March 22, 1928 - March 31, 2013

— James M. Hall Jr. passed away Sunday evening, March 31, 2013. He was born in St. Joseph, La., March 22, 1928, the first son of James Hall Sr. and Inez Hall nee Williams.

His family moved to Evansville during World War II, where he graduated from Bosse High School in 1944. Following graduation, he served from June 1945 and  until March 23, 1949, in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator.

Following military service he attended the University of Evansville, where he earned a bachelor of electronic engineering degree in 1952. He received his master of engineering degree in 1967 from Purdue University.

Upon his graduation from the University of Evansville, he started work at the General Electric radio tube plant in Tell City. The vacuum tubes produced at this plant were used primarily in television sets. Recognizing that vacuum tubes were a dying product, he left GE for Honeywell in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1955, to work in the then infant semiconductor field. Before arriving at General Motors’ Delco Electronic Division in Kokomo in 1961, he had also worked at PR Mallory in Indianapolis as chief engineer of semiconductor product development. At Delco, he started as a senior project engineer in the semiconductor operations. He switched from engineering to manufacturing management at Delco in 1962, progressing from manufacturing superintendent to general manufacturing manager in 1975. Before becoming general manufacturing manager, he was at one time the general sales manager for the division; plant manager of the Milwaukee, Wis., Delco Electronics plant and division director of manufacturing engineering.

When General Motors purchased the Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1986, he became the vice president of product operations for this company, with headquarters in Los Angles, Calif. Just before he retired in June of 1989, he worked for nine months as the director of manufacturing operations at the GM Allison Gas Turbine Division in Indianapolis.

He was a member of the Indianapolis Columbia Club, the Zionsville Presbyterian Church and the Kokomo Country Club. During retirement, he played a lot of golf poorly, did volunteer work during the winter months, and developed a movie history of the Kokomo Country Club for the club’s 2004 centennial celebration.

He and his wife, Madeline nee Brown, were married in 1949. Their two children are Marc Daniel Hall (Mary) and Faith Dawne Epperson (Bill).

He had one brother, Chris Hall, and three sisters, Louise Bissonnette, Jamie Corea and Gwen Capps. All are deceased with the exception of Gwen, who lives in Evansville.

The Hall family offers their sincere thanks to James’ caregivers, Stacey Langdon, the Graber family and all of those who have helped with James’ Care.

In Kokomo, funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory, with the Rev. Larry Newburg officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home on Wednesday. In Evansville, a committal service will be at 10 a.m. (CST) Thursday at Alexander Memorial Park. Burial will follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the James M. Hall Jr. Outstanding Engineer Award at the University of Evansville. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.

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