Lynn “Buddy” Hall 11/17/28 – 8/21/2012 A celebration of the life of Lynn “Buddy” Hall will be conducted at the United Methodist Church of Elk City on August 21, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. with Reverend Terry Koehn, Reverend Joe Garkovich and Dr. Thomas Jewel.
Buddy Hall was born on November 17, 1928 southwest of Elk City to Winnie Mae and John W. Hall and passed away on August 17, 2012 at 83 years of age. Buddy left this earth suddenly and unexpectedly while doing what he loved, working on an outdoor project.
Buddy graduated Elk City High School in 1946 and was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 1948 he married Betty Katherine Duke and transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1951. By 1953, he was the youngest superintendent for Master Builder Robert E. McKee of El Paso, Texas, where he supervised construction projects, including a significant project for the United State Air Force at White Sands testing range in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was the superintendent and job engineer for a high-speed sled test track used to propel the first manned vehicle that broke the sound barrier.
At the conclusion of the project, Buddy had numerous opportunities, but chose to bring his young family back to Elk City in 1958, to be closer to the Hall and Duke families. He then launched a general building construction career that spanned five decades and resulted in several significant projects in western Oklahoma including Elk City Jr. High School and Susan Powell Auditorium, The Clinton Tornado Dome and St. Matthews Catholic Church of Elk City.
Buddy was a quiet leader, and had lifelong passions that he gave to tirelessly and endlessly. His family, his church and his Democratic politics were the priorities of his life. He taught Sunday school at the First Christian Church for over 40 years, and also served as a deacon and elder. He was also a biblical scholar with a special passion for biblical geography loving to share his deep knowledge with others. He was a lifelong passionate leader in the Democratic party and was most proud of being appointed as Chairman of the State Board of Affairs of Oklahoma, overseeing the management of all state properties and construction projects.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother, Clayton Hall and his sister Phyllis Hogue.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Elk City, 3 children, Susan Storm and her husband Dan of Elk City, Andy Hall and his wife Kathy Oden-Hall of Oklahoma City and Joe D. Hall and his wife Vickie of Elk City. He was extremely proud of his seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Brandon Storm of Elk City and his three children, Rhiannon, Tempeste and Piper, Joe Storm and wife Jamie of San Antonio, Texas, Van Storm and wife Julie and their daughter, Dori, of Oklahoma City, Drew Hall of Lawrence, Kansas, Allie Hall of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Grace and Hope Hall of Elk City. Buddy also embraced his two step-grandsons, Tuck and Avery Oden, of Oklahoma City.