George A. Hallam, 92 of Woodstock, Illinois passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4, 2020. George was born in Chicago to George and Susan Hallam on November 27, 1927.
As a young man, he and his parents and sister, Joan moved to Woodstock to begin farming. Growing crops and tending to the animals became a passion for young George. He especially enjoyed farming alongside his father.
George lived in Woodstock for over 70 years. On April 27, 1954 George married Lois Marie Larsen, the love of his life. George and Lois raised their children Linda and Bill. They were his pride and joy.
George had many interests. He became involved in the leadership of the Boy Scout organization in the Woodstock area. He was a Cubmaster for the Clay Street School Cub Scout Pack in Woodstock. He later volunteered for several years with the Kishwaukee District (McHenry County) of the Boy Scouts of America.
Another passion was his love of woodworking. Some of his projects included furniture such cabinets, book cases, etc. and a great deal of DIY home remodeling. George also had a green thumb. His enclosed front porch became his private green house and he took much pride in his yard landscaping.
George will be remembered by his family for his thoughtfulness. He never missed a birthday, anniversary, graduation or a marriage. He was there with his hand-picked Hallmark card for each of these celebrations. He attended the grandkids’ baseball, basketball and soccer games. In addition he went to all the grandkids’ plays, recitals and concerts. He was a “Giant” as a Grandpa/Papa!
George was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Chuck Martin, his daughter Linda Kesteleyn and his wife Lois Hallam.
He is survived by his son, William (Kelly) Hallam and his son-in-law, Thomas Kesteleyn. He is also survived by his grandchildren Nathan (Heather) Kesteleyn, Jessica (Zach) Roth, Anna (James) Melton, Heather (Josh) Neufeldt, TJ (Samantha) Kesteleyn, Josh (Mobashera) Hallam and Ali (Cody) Kunz. In addition, he is survived by his great-grandchildren, Corynn, Cheyann, Chylnn and Calynnda Kesteleyn, Georgia Roth, Charis, Jedidiah and Ethan Melton, Rose Neufeldt, Zane Hallam and Emma and Myles Kunz. He is also survived by his brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws, Ralph and Joanne Larsen, Ruth Borgardt and Loren and Darlene Hopper and also many cousins, nieces and nephews.
George was a great husband, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, brother, neighbor and friend. His family and friends will miss him terribly. In our hearts, we know he is in Heaven with his beloved wife, Lois and his sweet daughter, Linda. Rest now, George ….you did good!
There will be a graveside service at the McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock, Illinois at 11 am on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Due to Covid-19 safety requirements, only immediate family may attend the graveside during the service. Others may come and participate from inside their vehicles. After the service, all are welcome to visit the graveside in groups no larger than ten people. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association or the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
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American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123
Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter
1111 S. Alpine Rd., Suite 307, Rockford IL 61108
Northern Illinois Food Bank