Albert Avert Halls died April 8, 2020 at Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City after a brief illness. He was born January 4, 1928 in Danville, Illinois. He was the son of the late Albert Aschel Halls and Ruby Avery Halls. He was the oldest of 6 children. He graduated from Hammond high School in Indiana. This started a pattern of lifelong learning. He started work as an orderly and went to Cook County Nursing school. He graduated with his RN degree. He worked as a nurse and went to more schooling eventually received his degree of PHD of anatomy from Loyola University.
He got professorship at Creighton University and moved the family to Omaha, Nebraska. He as a love of teaching and received numerous awards. After several years he went back to school and got his MD. He was blessed with 5 children. He became a general practitioner and moved to Elgin, Nebraska. He built his dream house on the edge of town and embraced the practice of medicine. He was the consummate family doctor delivering babies and seeing patients in his home. He even helped out in the pharmacy when the local pharmacist died. He practiced for over 20 years and decide to retire and move to Crescent City to be near his son, Peter. In 2002 he packed his belongings in his car and moving van and headed west. Unfortunately, the moving van with all his furniture hit some cows crossing the highway and he lost almost everything. Undaunted he adapted and proceeded to buy new belongings.
He was a lifetime member of the Methodist church and was a Sunday school teacher until a year ago. He was also a lay preacher and occasional played the organ. He was involved in the Del Norte Reads and taught nursing students and various other classes. He loved to teach piano lessons and also was currently teaching calculus and German. He was past president and current secretary of the Concert association. He was a lifelong lover of Bach and a voracious reader. He could read 20 books in a month. He was an avid walker and it was a common site to see him walking all over town rain or shine. A year ago, he walked 2000 miles. He played the piano and organ every day until the day before he died.
He is survived by his children, Albert John Halls (Mary of Onancock, Virginia, Peter Avery Halls (Jill) of Crescent City, Matthew R. Halls (Carrie), and Michelle M. Catlin (Dustin).He has 13 grandchildren and 10 grandchildren. Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter Christina Ann. He was a man who loved Jesus and was convinced of his place in heaven.
In considerate of the gathering restrictions relating to Covid-19, we will have the memorial service after the crisis is over.