Harold Merlin Hallam

February 14, 1945 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Harold Hallam Obituary

Harold ‘Poncho’ Hallam Feb 14 1945 – Feb 21 2024

    Poncho Hallam passed on February 21 2024, at his home in Chiloquin Oregon, holding the hand of a dear friend .

    Poncho’s wife, Shirley Hallam, preceded him to our Heavenly Father on December 31, 2023. Poncho is survived by his two children, Ryan and Melissa, 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers- Tom and Zeke Hallam, several nieces and nephews, cousins, church family, and friends.

    Poncho was born and raised in Southern California, the youngest of 4 boys. After serving his country in the early 60’s, Poncho became a jack-of-all-trades; from painting contractor to long-haul trucking, but his true life purpose was that of a preacher. Poncho loved the Lord and was going to make sure he gave everyone the Word at least once (or as many as he thought you needed).

    Poncho was genuine, full of honest emotion and a unique sense of humor. Poncho and Shirley had a sense of adventure and moved from Fullerton, California to Riverside, then on to Aransas Pass where Poncho proudly labeled himself a devout Texan. Then off with a truck, van and trailer filled with plants and animals up the coast to their final home in Chiloquin Oregon. There, they surrounded themselves with laughter, garden and home projects and a house full of rescued animals.

    Throughout all those years, Poncho survived many bouts of health issues, some serious enough that he was not expected to survive. He would often question why he was spared, not realizing his own worth; this man was an oasis in a troubled world, his honesty and genuine compassion made a difference. He had big shoulders to cry on, always listening intently, putting his own troubles to the side. He treated all people, especially the elderly, with the utmost respect, granting them the dignity they deserved. He also had an ornery side that was sometimes intimidating to strangers but endearing to those who knew him.

    In Poncho’s younger days, his looks and crooked smile resembled Elvis, as his Uncle Curt commonly referred to him. Through times of serious illness and heartbreak, Poncho was not afraid to cry. But between his strong faith, and his wife’s silly sense of humor, the crooked smile and hearty laughter would quickly return. Two days before Poncho died, he was ‘lecturing’ about the promise of Heaven. He said (his wife) Shirley, mom and dad (Mack & Miriam Hallam), his older brother Chuck, grandson Joey, Uncle’s Curt and Kenneth would be waiting at the Gate. He envisioned fishing poles and mom frying up the catfish. He knew there would be peace and everything would finally make sense. He wagered on it. Poncho’s earthly presence will be greatly missed.

Harold and his wife, Shirley, will be interred together at a later date, at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California.

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