Michael E. Hulen Obit

Michael E. Hulen loved traveling and driving along Interstate 70.

Mr. Hulen of Columbia died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. He was 60.

He was born Oct. 2, 1951, in Centralia to Hollis and Rose (Barnes) Hulen.

Mr. Hulen graduated from Centralia High School in 1969.

In his early childhood, Mr. Hulen had several surgeries as he was diagnosed with polio in one of his legs.

But, said his sister, Peggy Wren, Mr. Hulen was determined to be strong and positive in his life, and not let his handicap deter him.

"He never let anything get him down," Wren said.

While working as a manager for a courier service, Mr. Hulen was a very dedicated and hard-working person. Wren said he was good-hearted and always tried to help others in need.

Although he wasn't able to play sports, Mr. Hulen had a passion for sports, which increased after he had heart surgery and was unable to work. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He spent countless hours on the computer organizing teams and playing fantasy football.

He never married and was close to his family, his sister said. His sister also said Mr. Hulen also had a close friend, Riese, who was very supportive of him over the past few years.

Mr. Hulen loved traveling on I-70, and, as his last request, he wanted his remains to be spread along that highway. That way, he told his sister, his friends and family would think about him more when they would drive down the road.

Mr. Hulen is survived by one sister, Peggy (Hulen) Wren and her husband, Terry, of Ashland; one brother, Daryl Hulen and his wife, Maryann, of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents died earlier.

No public service were held as per Mr. Hulen wishes. Mr. Hulen's family will hold a private family memorial at a future date.