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Henry Lee “Hank” Halls, 93

Henry Lee “Hank” Halls, 93, of Springfield, Missouri, died January 12, 2016.

He was born September 19, 1922 in Alex, Oklahoma, to Minnie Belle Hodges and Peter Samuel Halls.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving from January 1943 through January 1946 in 1st Platoon, Company G, 407 Infantry Regiment of the 102nd Division. He was awarded the Bronze Medal and a Purple Heart.

He made the decision for Christ in 1946 that guided him throughout his life. He received degree in mechanical engineering from University of Oklahoma in 1948.

He married Alma Lavern Baker June 9, 1951 at First Baptist Church of Norman, Oklahoma. They had two daughters and raised their family in Riverside, California, where he worked for Riverside Cement Company and later for Bechtel in Los Angeles.

He married Lucille Ellis in 1970 and moved to Denver, Colorado, for 12 years before retiring in Cabool, Missouri, and relocating to Springfield, Missouri, in 2000.

He was a member of Second Baptist Church, was the former commander for Purple Heart group, and enjoyed gardening and the company of fellow bridge players at Southside Senior Center. A practical, dependable, caring man with a dry sense of humor, he remained sharp witted and active in his later years.

He is survived by daughters Karen Elliott of Juneau, Alaska, and Jan Halls of Springfield, Missouri; sister Ramona Griffin of Del City, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Jordan Iversen (Anna) of Aptos, California, Sarah Elliott of Billings, Montana, and Ryan Elliott (Cassandra Squibb) of Anchorage, Alaska; three great-grandchildren, Aksel Elliott, Liv Elliott, and Ethan Iversen; sister-in-law Earnestine “Jo” (Ellis) Reese of Cabool, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews; and many brothers and sisters in Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille (Ellis) Halls; a sister, Jewell Halls; and a niece, Brenda Griffin.

A public funeral was held Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield at 11:30 a.m. Burial with military honors was at 1:00 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

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