Wayne Bertram Hall was born to parents Bert and Bernice (Kasin) Hall on August 23rd, 1941, in Hammond, IN. Wayne began school in Ulen, MN where he attended until their family moved to Tioga, ND. They later moved to New Town, ND where he and his brother Don both graduated from High School. Wayne was a gifted high school athlete playing numerous sports but excelled as a football and basketball player and was a talented golfer. He graduated from New Town High School in the spring of 1959 and continued his education at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND and finally Minot State College in Minot, ND where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education in the areas of History, Physical Education, and Coaching in 1966.
Wayne married, Vicki McGraw, on November 24, 1963. Wayne and Vicki made their first home in Minot, ND while Wayne completed his education.
Wayne and Vicki then moved to Butte, ND where Wayne began his teaching career and they had their first child, Troy. Wayne then taught in Ryder, ND at what became the consolidated North Shore District his final year teaching in that school district. Wayne eventually took a new teaching position in Woodworth, ND and while there they welcomed their middle child, Kyle, into the family. Wayne’s final years of teaching were spent in Jud, ND as well as teaching at the DAC-Day Activity Center in Fargo, ND working with individuals with disabilities. They eventually moved their family to Hawley, MN in the late 70’s and had their youngest daughter, Jessica. They have remained in Hawley ever since.
During his teaching career Wayne taught both Business and Physical Education classes and coached numerous sports including track, golf, baseball, and was a highly respected coach for both girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball throughout his teaching career in the late 60’s and 70’s. He developed a number of talented athletes and encouraged countless students to excel even when others disregarded them. He even took on coaching elementary basketball. Wayne and his various teams were featured in many write-ups for their successes throughout the years.
After retiring from the teaching field, Wayne, went on to partake in various other career paths including driving bus for the group home in Hawley, MN and working at Case and Bottle in Moorhead, MN. He eventually went on the road as a poker player in his later years playing both regionally and nationally in places like Vegas, Reno, Phoenix, and Deadwood. Wayne made some amazing friendships while on the road during this time.
Wayne loved to cook and experiment in the kitchen, was an avid reader, enjoyed all sports, and was quite the golfer winning numerous tournaments and filling the shelves with trophies of his various athletic talents.
The one true thing that Wayne most adored in his lifetime was his family. He loved his wife and children and would brag them up to whomever would listen. However, what brought him 100% the utmost joy was his four grandchildren. He was his grandchildren’s personal paparazzi when they were little documenting their every move with thousands of photos. He loved teasing and razzing them, enjoyed them performing whatever their talent of the moment was for him and expanding an ever-growing catalog of priceless art pieces created for his own personal art gallery of their works. He loved seeing them in community talent shows, watching them in theatre productions and concerts even when he struggled to hear, and watching them participate in athletic events including following along with them on the golf course. Wayne would tell anyone with full confidence how he firmly believed how all four of his grandchildren were not only the most beautiful, but the most talented and intelligent humans on this earth.
Wayne is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Vicki; two sons Troy (Patti) Hall, Gardner, ND, Kyle Hall (Nikki), Fargo, ND; daughter Jess (Brad) Christensen, Hawley, MN; brother, Don Hall, Fargo, ND, and four grandchildren Derrek Christensen, Hannah Christensen, Aidan Hall, and Chloe Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents Bert and Bernice Hall and infant grandson Cameron Christensen.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 2:00 PM with a visitation one hour before the service at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley, MN.