Bellevue native Andrew Hall enjoyed working with his hands, whether he was landing a lunker of a catfish or building the furniture he sold for a living.
Christine Benson said her 31-year-old cousin sometimes talked about the satisfaction he got from seeing a project through to completion. Carpentry was a gift that came to him naturally, she said.
“He was a really talented carpenter who loved working with his hands,” said Benson, also of Bellevue. “He started with scraps of lumber and figured out he liked making furniture and then selling it.”
Funeral services for Hall will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Bellevue Memorial Chapel at 2202 Hancock St. Visitation will start at 10 a.m.
Hall died Tuesday while trimming a tree in the yard of friend near 33rd Street and Leawood Drive. Bellevue police said Hall fell when a ladder leading against the tree slipped on a wet deck.
A rope that was tied to the tree and to a chainsaw somehow became wrapped around Hall's neck during the fall, strangling him, police said. Hall was taken to Nebraska Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Hall grew up in Bellevue but graduated from Platteview High School in Springfield, Neb., in 2000. His hobbies included fishing and golf.
“Andrew was a pretty quiet guy, but he loved to quote movie lines and he had really good sense of humor,” she said.
Hall also was devoted to his family, especially to an older brother who was disabled several years ago in a car accident. Benson said she will remember Hall as “always being there” for his brother Brian following the accident.
“Andrew was the one who could always make Brian laugh and make Brian feel better,” she said.
In addition to his brother and cousin, Hall is survived by his parents, Tom and Tamra Hall; brother, James Hall; sister, Michelle Hall; paternal grandparents, Bud and Elise Hall; and maternal grandmother, Sandra Ging, all of Bellevue.