COLUMBIA — Local veteran and family man Ivan Hull died Monday, Nov. 15, 2010.
"He was a strong individual, and he always believed absolutely in things, very right or wrong," Bill Hull, his son, said. "He was honest and straightforward, fair and firm."
Mr. Hull, 82, of Columbia was born in Meek, Neb., on July 13, 1928, to Charles and Iva Mae (Winchell) Hull.
He was married to Carol Emig on Feb. 25, 1950.
Mr. Hull was in the Navy for four years and then the Air Force for 16 years. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He came to Columbia after retiring from the military and worked at General Telephone & Electronics for 20 years.
Mr. Hull was honored for his military service at an air show by the Army parachute team, the Golden Knights, on May 25, 2003. The show was held at the Columbia Regional Airport, and his status as guest of honor was a surprise to Mr. Hull.
"That was a very important moment for him, to be honored that way," Bill Hull said.
Shooting sports and hunting were a few of Mr. Hull's passions, and he served his community as a hunting safety instructor. He also had his pilot's license. Flying was another activity he enjoyed.
"He was strong in every sense of the word," said Tracy Perry, Mr. Hull's granddaughter. "He cared about his country, the military, the government and his family."
Mr. Hull was also a thoughtful man, Perry said, recalling a time when he consoled her after a break-up.
"As an only child we had a great deal of companionship," Bill Hull said. "He was more than a father — he was a buddy."
He is survived by his wife, Carol Hull of Columbia; a son, Bill Hull, of Bloomington, Ill.; two brothers, Leo Hull of Mesa, Ariz., and Marvin Hull of De Ridder, La.; two sisters, Opal Henke of Hastings, Neb., and Neoma Wilson of Thaxton, Miss.; two granddaughters, Tracy Perry of Normal, Ill., and Emily Zeitler of Bloomington, Ill.; a grandson, Greg Alderman, of Normal, Ill.; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. The service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2201 W. Rollins Road with entombment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 2201 W. Rollins Road, Columbia, MO 65203.
Tributes can be posted at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.