December 13, 1937 - January 26, 2021 We are going to miss him so much, because he enriched our lives with his love for life, family, friends and his community. He always added the magic mixed with his "Neil charm," good stories and surprises whenever we were with him. Neil G. Hall, age 83, left us the morning of January 26, 2021. Born December 13, 1937 to Floyd "Jack" and Rose Hall, he was raised and schooled in Vallejo, California. At 21, Neil traveled to the Pacific Northwest to seek employment. He arrived in Mount Vernon the summer of 1958 where he met his bride Susan Wells on the shore of Clear Lake, Washington. Their first date at Mount Vernon's Chuckwagon, where they enjoyed a butter dog and a brown cow, became a 62-year tradition every July 9th. Neil enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and was stationed at the headquarters of the 14th Armored Cavalry in Fulda, Germany. Neil served as a Public Information Specialist and photojournalist. Susan joined him that summer and they were married September 10th. While posted in Europe, Neil and Susan toured several countries which launched their lifelong love of travel. In November 1962, their daughter Wendy was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Upon their return to Mount Vernon the following year, Neil assumed the role of general manager for the family's business Wells Nursery. Daughter Krista arrived in April 1964. Neil was a passionate nurseryman discovering more than 50 plants and trees he would propagate and grow for nursery wholesale and retail sales, especially grafted conifers. He counted hundreds of plant collectors as his friends from coast to coast. If you knew Neil, you knew his love of plants and trees was deeply rooted as was his dedication to his employees. Neil was a community leader active in the Mount Vernon Jaycees, the Skagit Valley College Foundation Board and Salem Lutheran Church Council. He was a contributing member of the American Conifer Society. He loved to give his time and talent to his grandchildren's school events and activities. Neil was named Mount Vernon's 1999 Citizen of the Year for plant design and installation work on the Kincaid Street corridor. Another point of pride was his landscape design at the entrance of Skagit Valley College's McIntyre Hall. His early interest and study of Italian wines, led to his reputation as a renowned wine connoisseur and co-founder of Vino, Inc. a 48-year wine club that he and Susan enjoyed with a close group of friends. Neil was a masterful entertainer through his storytelling and party planning. Celebrating Neil's life his wife of 59 years Susan Wells Hall, daughters and sons-in-law, Wendy and Roger Ragusa, Krista Hall and Christian Hager, grandchildren Francesca Ragusa, Alex Ragusa and Sophie Mudarri and sister Rose Marie Hall McLaughlin. The family dearly appreciates the loving support and outreach from friends and community members. Remembrances may be made in Neil's memory to the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation, PO Box 1376, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 and Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, PO Box 2405, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. A celebration of Neil's life is planned for November 11, 2021.

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