Obituary: Community celebrates the life of Hansel Crimiel Hall

Hansel Crimiel Hall

Hansel Crimiel Hall will be remembered during a Friday morning (Nov. 7) service.

Hall passed away Nov. 9. He was 91. Born March 12, 1927 in Gary, Ind. to Alfred McKenzie and Grace (Crimiel) Hall, Hall had a passion for service. He served as president of the NAACP for Minnesota and the Dakotas where he was a Life Golden Heritage Member, president of the National Association of Parliamentarians (Minnesota), president of the National Association of Korean War Veterans, director of the equal opportunity office for the City of St. Paul and director for the Fair Housing Office in the City of Indianapolis.

Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business and political science from Indiana University in 1952. He earned a law degree from Blackstone Law School in 1982. Prior to arriving to Minnesota, Hall honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1979, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, with combat service in the Korean War.

He devoted much of his time working with leaders of his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where he was the 43rd Life Member of the organization. Hall was also a charter member of the fraternity’s Century Club, designated in the 1950 to support the African-American community in economic development.

Hall was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Grace J. Hall, his brother, retired Brigadier Gen. David M. Hall (Jacqueline Hall). Hall leaves behind a host of family and friends.

Funeral services for Hall are open to the public and will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis. The service will be available to watch online at

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