Jacob A. "Jake" Hall

Jacob A. "Jake" Hall, age 77 of Wasta, S.D., died Sunday, November 28, 2010, at his home in Wasta.

Jacob Hall was born June 18, 1933, by midwife, in the hills of Carter County, Ky., the son of Benjamin and Nora (Davis) Hall. The midwife, who was paid for her help with the delivery with two chickens, didn't get to the courthouse of the rural southern Carter County until August 1, 1933, and thus Jake's birth certificate officially listed his birthday as such.

He spent his younger years working for his father's sawmill deep up a Kentucky "holler" before moving on to his lifelong love and family tradition of beekeeping. His work as a beekeeper defined him and this labor of love drove him to operate his bee business across the breadbasket of this country from Ohio to California in six different states. He was a professional beekeeper, who never missed a weather report in 47 years before retiring in 2008 at the age of 75. Along the way, he enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and throwing horseshoes with friends and family. Snowmobiling anywhere in the woods of Wisconsin was a favorite winter pastime when the beekeeping work was done.

He belonged to the Moose lodge where he often volunteered and liked to dance and play cards with friends and family. He enjoyed spending spare time as a trained volunteer firefighter for the Wasta Fire Department, where he was the assistant chief for several years. He was the type of person that "never knew a stranger," and now will get to spend time catching up with those that have passed before him. Rest in peace.

Jake is survived by his wife, Wanda, of Wasta; five children, Donald Hall of Ohio, Curtis Hall and his wife, Patty, of Florida, Leah Foley of Wisconsin, Mike Hall and his wife, Nicole, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Margie Pascual and her husband, Pete, of California; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Susie Weisenberg of Wisconsin and Diane Myers of California; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jake is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Judy; a son, Mike; and siblings, Aaron, Harold, Georga, Thelma, Olive, Alberta, Bill and Thomas.

Memorial services will be held 9:00 a.m. Thursday, December 2, at the Wall Community Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com