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Howard D. Hull Jr.

June 20, 1923 October 3, 2016
Howard D. Hull Jr.
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Howard Deming Hull, Jr., “Bing”, of Lake Quivira, Kansas, died peacefully on October 3, 2016, in Lansing, Michigan. Bing was born June 20, 1923, in Kent, Ohio, the son of Howard Deming Hull and Deborah (Milford) Hull.

Howard spent most of his life in the Kansas City area. As a boy he lived in Kansas City, Merriam, and at Lake Quivira. He spent boyhood summers on the Milford farm near Atlantic, Iowa, where he had a wonderful time with his cousins. He retained the sense of accomplishment from the time he and his cousin Donald were in charge of harvesting a field of oats. Raised to have a strong work ethic, childhood jobs included selling the Saturday Evening Post on a street corner in downtown Kansas City, delivery of home-raised eggs from backyard hens, and work at a grocery store on Holliday Drive near Lake Quivira. He graduated from Shawnee Mission Rural High School (now North) in 1940 and went to the University of Kansas where he studied accounting and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and ROTC. He left KU in 1943 for military service. He served in the Army, 79th Division, 315th Infantry Regiment, Company B and saw combat in France in January 1945. He was twice wounded and received a purple heart with oak leaf cluster. He was a prisoner of war in Germany. After the camp was liberated, he was evacuated to Paris where he experienced the celebration on Victory in Europe Day. After the war, he graduated from the University of Kansas and met Erna Belle Johnson. They married and raised two daughters. He was a certified public accountant and practiced primarily with Hull, Anderson, and Sweet and Baird, Kurtz, and Dobson. He was an early innovator in data processing for accounting applications, learned to program, and with his firm acquired a mainframe computer in the mid 1960s.

He moved back to Lake Quivira in 1980 as he neared retirement. He was devoted to his grandchildren and spent much of his time in retirement in East Lansing providing love and support to Gary and Carolyn as they grew up. He enjoyed being outdoors for family canoe trips in the Ozarks, sailing trips with his brother Terry, and golf. He loved the Kansas City Symphony and the Lyric Opera. He also went to reunions of the 315th infantry regiment and met veterans who had served in the same places and had friends in common. He was a member of the Lake Quivira Community Ministry where he made treasured friendships. He will be remembered for his kindness, consideration of others, gentle spirit, integrity, humility, positive outlook on life, love for life, and love for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Erna Belle (Johnson) Hull, and daughter Nancy Ann Hull. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth (Scott) Pratt of Grand Ledge, Michigan; grandchildren Gary Pratt and Carolyn (Brian) Pratt Van Wyck; stepbrother Terry (Jane Dee) Hull of Phoenix, Arizona; cousin Kenneth (Betty) Milford of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and many friends.

Howard was a longtime supporter of Lazarus Ministries, an outreach in Kansas City’s urban core serving the urgent needs of the homeless and underserved. Gifts in memory of Bing may be made to Lazarus Ministries, PO Box 22450, Kansas City, MO 64113 or at Details are pending. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Shawnee, Kansas. There will be a memorial service on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 2 PM at 100 Crescent Blvd., Lake Quivira.

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2:00 PM 10/30/2016 2:00:00 PM
Molthen-Bell Funeral Home

700 Milwaukee Ave.
South Milwaukee, WI 53172

Molthen-Bell Funeral Home
700 Milwaukee Ave. South Milwaukee 53172 WI
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