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Rodney Neddo Hall

Apr. 2, 1934 - Sep. 23, 2021

Date of Service: Oct. 1, 2021

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Rodney N. Hall

DECLO – Rodney Neddo Hall passed away quietly in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 23, 2021; his sweet wife, Julene, was by his side at their home in Declo, Idaho. Rodney was 87 years old and a former longtime resident of Malta, Idaho.

Rodney was born April 2, 1934, to John Deward Hall and Estella Pauline Neddo Hall in Malta, Idaho. The oldest son of six children, he paved the way for the others. He attended school in Malta and graduated from Raft River High School in 1952, in spite of his many “fishing excursions” with his good friend, Robert Hawkins, and a few others. Rod spent a lot of time with Hawk and Rod’s cousin, Jay Cottle.

He attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, via ROTC, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. During this time, Rod met Jane Howard at a stake dance and they fell in love. He said she had those “come hither” eyes and he couldn’t resist. Rod and Jane were married for time and all eternity in the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple on October 14, 1954.

After their marriage and Rod’s college graduation, they traveled to San Antonio, Texas, where Rodney fulfilled his duties as an Air Force ROTC officer. Their travels took them to Bermuda, where Kenneth Lee was born. A transfer took them to New York, where Rhonda Kay was born. Once Rodney was released from active duty at his request, having reached the rank of Captain, they returned to Malta. Jane lived in Logan with the children for a year to finish her English teaching degree at Utah State University while Rod established the family farm. They were reunited in Malta and Sherry Ann was born.

While Jane taught school, Rod applied his knowledge of agriculture to make his farm one of the best around. Ever thirsty for knowledge, he acquired many skills that helped him to improve his land. He learned to drill wells and had a well-drilling business for years. Rod sold vacuum cleaners, sprinkling systems and earned his teaching degree to help with the improvements. He helped in building the Pomerelle ski lift with his brother, Morris, and other friends, and he also built many other projects, including their home on the farm.

Rod taught math and science for a period of time where he met one of his best friends, Ken Crump, who was the principal at Raft River High School. They ran cattle together. Later, when Ken became ill, Rod was asked to be the substitute principal for Ken. He then became the permanent principal after Ken passed from his illness. He resigned from that after a few years because his first love was the land. When he finally retired at 81, he had built quite a legacy with the help of his son-in-law, Mike Lewis. Rod was generous with his time and his money. He helped many people and was very quiet about it.

He was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and instilled in his children the importance of serving the Lord.

Jane passed away in August of 2019, leaving Rod very lonely, having been married almost 65 years. After his cousin, Jay Cottle, passed the next year, Rod and Jay’s widow, Julene, were married, making each other very happy. Julene was at his side as he slipped away to be with his first love.

Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Deward and Estella Hall; and wife, Jane Howard Hall.

He is survived by his wife, Julene Cottle Hall of Declo; children, Kenneth (Judy) Hall of Jerome, Rhonda (David) Chatterly of Albion, and Sherry (Mike) Lewis of Declo; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Patricia Banner of Taylorsville, Utah, Morris (Rachel) Hall of Malta, Nila (Kent) Brown of Meridian, Marvin (Karmen) Hall of Brigham City, Utah, and Estella (Merlin) McKee of Tridell, Utah.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 1, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Malta. Burial will follow at Valley Vu Cemetery with military rites provided by the Mini-Cassia Veterans Group.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 30, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and at the church on Friday, from 10 until 10:45 a.m.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/qoI5kb2QmHo.

A live webcast of the Graveside Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/hRteJkrHyVs.

Condolences for Rodney Neddo Hall

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From Toyia Hutchison:
My deepest condolences to the entire family.
Mr. Hall was my principal, my math teacher and a very respected member of our community.
He will be truly missed.
From Lori Bird:
What an amazing man and great family. He always treated me with love and kindness. Like the day we chatted about the fair and the fact that I was working a long shift and hadn’t made it to the fair yet. He left with a smile and returned with a box full of maple bars for me. It was a joy to have gotten to know him. I will dearly miss him. RIP my friend
From Scott and Patty Rasmussen:
Rodney was a great man and we didn't know him long, but he had an influence on our lives. Grateful that we could have seen the broadcast of the funeral and graveside, thank you.
From Scott and Patty Rasmussen:
Rodney was a great man and we didn't know him long, but he had an influence on our lives. Grateful that we could have seen the broadcast of the funeral and graveside, thank you.
From Sarah Bate:
I am so grateful I got to know this amazing soul. My prayers are with your family. Love you all.
From Steve and Randi Simmers:
Our love goes out to all the family for the recent loss of Rodney. The rock and foundation of your family. We carry fond memories of meeting both Rodney and Jane for the first time at Ken's homecoming after his mission. He will always hold a special place in our hearts with his love and kindness for others. May you find love, happiness and comfort through all your memories of your Dad.
From Gar Elison:
Our condolence to Julene and Rodney's children along with his siblings. May your knowledge of the after life provide comfort and reassurance. Knowing you will see him again brings hope for being together in the next life. Gar & Marilyn
From Jonathan Lewis:
I never met anyone who knew more about a little bit of everything than my grandpa! He could tell you how wild oat germination differed from what we had in the field, about the phases of the moon, and what geometry was required to put up a ski lift. I never knew anyone who could tell a better story than Grandpa. I learned about pioneers, about faithful converts, about indians wrestling one of my great great granddads, and about what it was like to live during WWII. I never knew anyone who was a better and more compassionate friend than Grandpa. He was quietly generous and always listened if I had a problem. I love him and will miss him every day until I see him again.
From Rick Neff:
I learned a lot of interesting history of the valley from Rodney. I always enjoyed talking with him and learning something new.
Rodney will be missed by so many.
My condolences to the family
From Lorraine Wallace:
Lots of good memories of Rodney at RRHS. And Jane too. Love and prayers for Julene, Kenneth, Rhonda, and Sheri. A great family who are dear to my heart
From Guy and Trudy Neddo :
Sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. He was and is a great man. Your families are in our prayers.
From Karl:
Thanks for taking me under your arm and for the fishing trips to Elba.
From Sharon Hutchison:
Thinking of you with Sincere Sympathy and Fond Memories of your loved one.
From Jerry Thompson:
I called Jane and Rodney Mom and Dad!
See no reason not to continue. Both of them always cherished and showed concern what I was up to. I hope they will check on me often!
From Dolores Booth:
So sorry to hear of Rodney‘s passing.. As another rock of the community of Malta he will long be remembered for his strength of character, his work ethics and his giving nature. I add my condolences to his family and all who mourn his passing.
From Melba Neddo VanWey :
So sorry for your loss.
From Kirk Ottley:
I was saddened to read that Rodney had died, and I wish you much comfort and solace during this sad time! I have many good memories of sitting in math class as Mr. Hall did his best to help me decipher geometry. Likewise, when I worked for him drilling wells, we had some insightful and candid conversations about whatever subject happened to come up. And I appreciated the fact that on the rare occasions that we would run into each other, he always greeted me with a smile and a friendly conversation, no matter how brief. May you find comfort and happiness in your memories of Rod and the good man that he was and is!
From Jack & Laura Hill:
So sorry to hear of Rodney’s passing. May the Lord assuage your grief and leave you only the sweet memories. True friendship lasts forever and Rod was a friend. Our faith, prayers, and sympathy are with the family. We love you all.
From Gene Thompson:
My favorite teacher in school and his military and church stories made me who I am today.

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