Gerald S. Hallett
ORANGE — A celebration of life was held on Thursday morning, Dec. 3, 2015, at the Orange United Methodist Church for Gerald S. “Jake” Hallett, 90, of Putnam Street, who died on Nov. 21 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare Campus in Worcester.
Judy Jones, lay minister of the church, officiated. The eulogy was given by Jake’s son, Dennis Hallett. Interment with military honors followed in South Cemetery, Orange. The Massachusetts Army Honor Guard provided honor guard services as well as the playing of Taps, and the flag was presented to Jake’s great-grandson.
Following the committal, a reception was held in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.
ORANGE — Gerald S. “Jake” Hallett, 90, of Putnam Street, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare Campus in Worcester.
Born in Four Falls, New Brunswick, Canada on March 7, 1925, he was a son of the late Charles and Violet (MacDougal) Hallett and moved to the United States as an infant.
He grew up in Orange and attended Orange High School.
Jake served in the United States Army 13th Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and was honorably discharged as a corporal on March 3, 1947.
He was married to Evelyn I. (Emerson), who died on Dec. 22, 1983.
Jake worked for the L.S. Starrett Company in Athol for 23 years, retiring in 1989. He previously had worked at the former Mears Wood Heel Company in Erving for 10 years and, following retirement, he worked part-time for Newcomb Motors.
Jake was a longtime active member of the Orange United Methodist Church and volunteered for church suppers, building and grounds maintenance and the church fairs. He also was a past president of the Methodist Men’s Club.
Jake had been a member of the Orange American Legion Post 172.
Survivors include his sons, Dennis Hallett and his wife, Elizabeth, and Douglas Hallett, and his wife, Charlene, all of Orange; a daughter, Kathy Ann Arsenault, and her husband, Robert, of Orange; grandchildren, Mary Beth Breau and her husband, John, Jason Hallett and his wife, Taryn, Amanda Humphrey and her husband, William, and Nicholas Kingsbury and his wife, Nicole; great-grandchildren, Liam, Riley, Connor and Lily and Paige; brothers, Gilbert Hallett of Athol, and Charles Hallett Jr. of Hartley, Del.; a sister, Erma Labonte of Orange; and many nephews and nieces.
Besides his parents and wife, Jake was predeceased by a brother, Cleland “Bud” Hallett in 2000.
There are no calling hours.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 11 a.m., in the Orange United Methodist Church, 104 South Main St. Orange.
Interment with military honors will be in South Cemetery, Orange.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Orange United Methodist Church, 104 South Main St., Orange, MA 01364.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.