Halbert (Hal) Campbell Heath, 89, died peacefully Saturday Jan. 6, 2018 at home in Grove, after struggling with heart failure and ALS.
He was born Oct. 2, 1928 in Kendall, New York to George Horace Heath and Ruth Jean Halbert Heath.
He joined the Army Air Force on Feb. 18, 1946 at age 17. He played the clarinet in Air Force band in Germany and was in Fife and Drum Corps in Berlin.
He served in Berlin six month during the Berlin Blockade under General Lucius Clay. He was discharged in December 1948.
In 1951, he reenlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served as chaplain’s assistant in Amarillo, Texas. When the Korean War ended in 1953 he was discharged a second time.
While teaching he joined the Navy Reserve and served 15 years as Yeoman. He retired after 20 years of military service as Chief Petty Officer.
In 1962, Hal earned a bachelor's of music degree with organ performance major from Wisconsin College of Music in Milwaukee. He had a life-time career serving a variety of churches as choral director and pipe organist.
In 1967 Hal received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He taught junior and senior high school vocal music for 23 years in Markesan, Wisconsin.
His greatest joy was preparing students to perform at district and state competitions, school musicals and school concerts.
After retiring from public education he moved to Milwaukee where he taught in Catholic elementary schools for twelve years. While living in Milwaukee he sang with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus for five years.
He was a member of the American Guild of Organists and Wisconsin Music Education Association. He judged piano and vocal student competitions statewide for over 100 music festivals organized by Wisconsin School of Music Association.
In 2009, Hal retired to Grove, where he taught voice and piano lessons privately at home. Hal’s passions included working with young people, playing a pipe organ, reading, riding his BMW motorcycle or his 650cc scooter, and talking about cars especially 1930s Packards.
Hal was active in the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Church since 1973. He was a temple worker in the Chicago and Oklahoma City Temples for 16 years. He enjoyed working with young missionaries and believed strongly in every member a missionary and daily Bible reading.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ollhoff of 25 years. His sister Joan Ward; seven children: Scott, Brett (Jenny), Todd, Lisa (Ron) Shirkey, Christopher, Cheryl and David; stepsons Dennis (Leslie) Schade and Jim Schade; ten grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife Joan (Vivian) Heath.
A Grove memorial service will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at the LDS Chapel, located at 1104 Lee Street, under the direction of Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove.
A second family and friends memorial will take place on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Milwaukee. Visitation will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with services following at 2 p.m. A placement of ashes and reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to LDS Missionary Fund or USO.
The family of Hal Heath wishes to thank Good Shepherd Hospice staff in Grove for their kind and loving care during Hal’s final days.