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Philip Hall passed peacefully on July 5, 2019. He was born Aug. 15, 1948 at Mercy Hospital to Francis and Mary (Martin) Hall in Urbana, IL.
He was preceded in death by his sister Sharon, his parents and his beloved step-father Walter LeBegue.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Lyn (Schoonover) of Mahomet, a son Christopher Kevin Hall (Jodi) of Tolono, a daughter Stephanie Hawkins (Brian) of Mahomet, two granddaughters Jorden and Jayla Hawkins, a brother Marc Hall (Nancy) of Sullivan, three sisters Janet Smith (Myron) of North Carolina, Karen Niblick of Indiana and Kari Kinsey (Bill) of Indiana.
He was retired from the US Postal Service after 35 years of service in 2003.
His pleasures in life included spoiling his granddaughters, reading, painting miniature figurines, war gaming, historical reenacting, and genealogical research. He was rarely found without a book in his hand and had acquired an extensive collection of books with an emphasis on sci-fi, history and the classics.
As an avid war gamer, he was the designer of the game Blue Max: Dogfights over France which was published by GDW in 1982 and republished in five languages by Stratelibre of Italy in 2014.
He was the founder of the International Plastic Modelers Society, Champaign County Chapter. Along with Greg Novak, he created Captain James Willings Independent Co. of Marines, a Revolutionary War reenactment group. Also with Greg and Walt Lebegue, he was a founding father of the Central Illinois Tabletop Warriors, a confederation of war gaming groups in Illinois.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 North Elm Street, Champaign, Illinois with Pastor Tom Wirsing officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.