Terry J. Hall, 74, of Albert Lea

Published 9:01am Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Memorial services for Terry J. Hall, 74, of Albert Lea will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Dan Baker will officiate. Interment will be at the Graceland Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by area veteran’s organizations. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. To sign the guest book, go to www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Terry died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Terry J. Hall was born on Jan. 28, 1937, to Stanley and Cecelia Evelyn Hall in Albert Lea. Terry graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1955. He immediately left Albert Lea to enlist in the United States Air Force for a period of four years. During Terry’s Air Force service he received extensive education in electronics and was assigned to the elite Strategic Air Command. During Terry’s service with Strategic Air Command he was classified to work top secret assignments as an aerospace electronics navigation systems and as an intercontinental guided missile (ICBM) systems analyst. Terry was one of the first 25 United States servicemen certified to launch a defensive ICBM response in the event of an enemy attack. After his four years in the Air Force, Terry immediately attended the University of Arkansas (Arkansas Polytechnical). He graduated in less than three years with a Magna Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree. He was then competitively selected as a U.S. Treasury, law enforcement officer. He served with distinction in that role in various assignments throughout the country for several years prior to being selected as a manager. In the next several years Terry then worked with his staff on widely diversified law enforcement projects significantly impacting the nation’s economy and security. Terry served throughout both his military service and federal career service as an instructor and chief instructor of high level technical, supervisory, managerial and executive skill level formal courses. During Terry’s early employment with the federal government he participated in both Master of Business and Master of Public Administration programs at the University of Missouri. Several years later after selection as a federal executive, Terry was nominated by the Secretary of the Treasury and confirmed by the president to attend Stanford University as a post graduate fellow, Ph.D. level, in public policy. After return to his role as a federal executive, Terry’s responsibilities included management of collection of all federal revenue and taxpayer services in the northeastern region of the United States. Terry married Jean McKinney and from this union came two children, Kimberly Kay and LuCinda Hall. Kimberly Kay was killed in St. Louis at age 6 coming home from kindergarten. Terry and Jean then divorced. Terry later married Else Diffenbaugh and from this union two children were born, Monique and Michelle. Later divorcing, Terry continued to live in New York. After retirement Terry returned to Albert Lea to be closer to his sister Nancy and family. Due to health issues stemming from diabetes he had been a resident of Good Samaritan Society for the past 11 years.

Survivors include his daughters: LuCinda Hall of Oregon, Monique Hall of Pennsylvania and Michelle Hall of New Jersey; four granddaughters; sisters: Nancy (Richard) Jenson, Patricia (Gregory) Madrigal, Kristine (Dennis) Erb, all of Albert Lea, and Constance (Gerald) Anfinson of Grand Rapids; aunt, Joy White: and various extended family members and friends.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kimberly; brothers: Michael and Thom Hall and one brother in infancy.

Terry’s motto was “I’ll do it my way.” The family wants to thank all the nurses and caregivers who provided comfort and made Terry’s life comfortable especially at Good Samaritan Society.

Blessed be his memory. He was a good man, loved by many over the years who had the privilege to know him.