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Richard David Hall

Richard D. Hall, 88, Joplin, formerly of Moberly, passed away on June 28th at Wildwood Care Center in Joplin. The son of Bessie Reiner Hall and James L. Hall, Richard was born in Macon in 1932. He is proceeded in death by his parents and 10 siblings, his wife Mary Elizabeth Hall, his second wife, Rita Rogers Hall and his third wife, Martha Crosswhite Hall. Richard was a lifelong learner and educator. He was proud to be the first of his family to attend and graduate from college. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Physical Science from the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, and went on to receive both a Masters and Specialists degrees in Secondary School Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Richard began his teaching career in Marceline in 1962 before moving to Moberly to teach biology. In 1968, he became principal of Moberly High School following a brief tenure as Assistant Principal. Richard retired from his career in education in 1989 as an administrator with the Kirksville Public Schools. Many former students have credited their love of science and determination to attend college to his influence and mentoring. Prior to completing his education, Richard worked a variety of jobs including chemist at both the Peabody Coal Mine and McGraw Edison Lab, train and road service with the Wabash Railroad, and at one time delivered bread to Macon from Gillan’s Bakery in Moberly. This job led him to meet his future wife, Elizabeth. In addition to his work in education, Richard also obtained his real estate broker’s license and owned a real estate business and later worked for Century 21 in Moberly. He also raised registered dogs and operated a small cattle farm west of Cairo. Richard’s family will remember him as a hard worker, a proud family man, a dedicated MIZZOU alumnus, and a man of great integrity. Richard is survived by a brother, Bill (Margaret) Hall of Macon, two daughters; Debbie (Mike) Dunseith of Joplin, Diana (Randy) Taylor of Moberly and Dr. David (Kathy) Hall of Maryville, Il. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 3 step sons and 2 step daughters. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 p.m. with David Hall officiating. Private burial will be held at Oakland Cemetery, Moberly, Missouri. The family requests memorials be sent to The Alzheimer’s Association, N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, Il To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Richard David Hall please visit our Sympathy Store.

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David and Carla Crosswhite Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

David and family…I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. It sounds like he lived an amazing life surrounded by a loving family. I pray your memories of your life together will bring you much comfort in the days ahead. Sending my love to you all. God bless…Mary Jane

Mary Jane Fay Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jim & Jan Kraft Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

Diana & family, I am so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in your memories. Lisa Vanderburg

Lisa Vanderburg Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM

I'm really going to miss Richard, he could always make you laugh! I remember before he move to memory care he got stuck in the fire exit and he pulled the alarm, always told me how much he appreciated the things we did for him that he could no longer do for himself. He became my favorite on memory care I always enjoyed sitting and talking to him. He is missed very much, I am glad that I got the chance to know Richard. Debbie, we are going to miss seeing you and mike also. You dont just grow close to the residents you also get close to the family and my thoughts are with you. Augusta

Augusta Clevenger Jun 29 2021 12:00 AM