Obituary of Harold Edward Halley
Harold “Hal” Halley, was born on February 5, 1936 and passed away on November 15, 2023 after a long illness. He was 87 years old.
He was born in Gallipolis, Ohio and spent his boyhood out on the hill hunting and fishing and swimming in Raccoon Creek. As children we would love hearing stories of his childhood and trips to Gallipolis were much loved!
After graduating from high school he joined the Air Force and spent the next 24 years and 9 months serving his country. His military career took him to North Dakota, Missouri, Canada, Alaska, Colorado, and Ohio. He met the love of his life, Juliette Volk, while stationed at Minot AFB. Dad was particularly proud that he was one of the earliest Computer Programmers in the Air Force and told us his first computer took up an entire room. He was also proud that while in the military and raising 6 children he earned his bachelor’s degree. Dad always felt education was very important.
After his first retirement he worked a full second career as a civil servant. Upon his second retirement he moved with his wife, Julie to Colorado. They both had fallen in love with the beauty of the mountains while stationed there in the 70’s. Dad truly loved the state, and we took many road trips as children, and spent good times (and scary times) as Dad drove up and down the narrowest and curviest mountain roads.
Hal enjoyed golfing, bowling, curling, playing cards, and never failed to put in a garden. While not a big gambler he did enjoy playing the slots. He loved watching sports, especially his beloved Air Force Academy Falcons. He was proud of his membership in the Knights of Columbus and was elected Grand Knight 4th Degree while serving in Huber Heights, Ohio. He enjoyed volunteering with the Knights when he could, particularly the time he spent ushering games for the Dayton Flyers.
Hal spent his final years with his beloved dog, Winston. He and Winston took many long walks in the park, enjoyed watching television together, and eating snacks. Winston brought him so much joy and kept Dad active. We all agree that having Winston to love and care for kept Dad alive after he lost Mom.
Hal is predeceased by his dear wife Juliette, his parents, Emmett and Gladys, his stepmother Verdie, his brothers Edgar and Robert, his sister Nancy, and his grandson Josiah.
He is survived by his brother Ronnie (Betty), his sister Inez, his children, Ed (Patty), Cyndi (Michael), Mike (Monica), Mary (Gerry), Chuck (Debbie) and Kathy (Dave). He has 19 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren that he loved dearly. He also leaves behind his dear pup Winston.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Harold Halley, please visit Tribute Store