Dean Hull, 95

Dean D. Hull, age 95, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at his home.

He was born Oct. 9, 1913, in Cement City, a son of the late Cary and Dollie (Ringer) Hull.

Dean had resided in Sturgis since 1997, coming from Capac. He had lived in Muskegon from 1952-1967 and Bronson from 1967-1971, when he moved to Capac.

On Sept.18, 1938, he married Hilve Hendrickson in Harbert. She died Jan. 30, 1978. He married Velma Maude Graybiel on July 12, 1986, in Capac and she died Aug. 19, 2002.

Most of Dean’s working life was involved in farming and truck driving.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bronson and while living in Muskegon he was an active member of the Sullivan Community Church.

Dean attended Michigan State University with the ROTC program. While attending Michigan State he was a member of the Boxing Club and participated in Golden Gloves. He was a private pilot and a member of the Civil Air Patrol. For several years he served on the Oakridge School Board in Wolf Lake.

He is survived by three daughters, Darlene Hull of Sturgis, Mary (Randy) Davis of Sturgis and Alice (Steve) Easterday of Sturgis; three sons, Paul (Phyllis) Hull of Howell, Dan Hull of Sturgis and Fred Hull of Sturgis; five grandchildren, Faith Bowen, Jana (Tom) Alvarez, Rob (Katie) Davis, Corinne Strang and Courtney Strang; five great-grandchildren, Savannah Bowen, Aidan Alvarez, Alexis Alvarez, Paige Davis and Peyton Davis; caregiver and special friend, Mary Holley of Sturgis; two sisters, Edna Hull of Sebring, Fla., and Onda Braithwaite of Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; a son, Wayne Hull; and five brothers, Clarence Hull, Harold Hull, Drell Hull, Gordon Hull and Clayton Hull.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis and 11 a.m.-noon Saturday at the First Baptist Church 140 Buchanan St., Bronson, where funeral services celebrating the life of Dean Hull will begin at noon Saturday. The Rev. John Romanosky of the Sullivan Community Church in Muskegon and the Rev. John Fields of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

A graveside committal will follow the service at the Bronson Cemetery in Bronson.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Hull’s memory consider the Sullivan Community Church, 3951 Barnes Road, Ravenna, MI 49451. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

His obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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