Wednesday, November 28, 2007


My brother who was nearly as creepy as I am died on Halloween Day, 31 October 2007. He fought a long and valiant struggle against cancer and I'm glad he doesn't have to fight any more. My family was with him at the end, and we managed to keep him in his home until the last.

I reproduce the obituary from the Fort Dodge Messenger here:

HUMBOLDT — Thomas Leo Hull, 52, of Humboldt, passed away October 31, 2007 at his home.

Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Humboldt with the Rev. Mark Gustafson officiating.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Jenna Hull of Lincoln, NE; mother, Donna Hull of Humboldt; father Fred (Barbara) Hull of Humboldt; and his brother, Mark Hull of St. Paul, MN. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marilyn Hull, and grandparents, Floyd and Rose Ressler, and Alvey Fred and Lulu Hull.

Thomas Leo Hull was born August 31, 1955 at Fort Dodge, Iowa and was raised and educated at Humboldt. He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1973 and attended Simpson College in Indianola. He married Kathy Gustin at Oelwein, Iowa and to this union was born their daughter, Jenna. The family made their home at Lincoln, Nebraska where Tom was employed by the Cushman Corporation. He then served as the purchasing agent for the Ski-Jack Corp and Hewlett Packard in Atlantic, IA and Omaha, NE. Tom became the purchasing agent for KBR, a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corp, and served as a contractor in Iraq for a year and a half. It was while he was in Iraq that Tom was diagnosed with cancer and he returned home to Humboldt. He made his home with his father Fred until becoming a resident at Humboldt Homes where he passed away on the morning of October 31, 2007 at the age of 52.

Tom enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Fat Boy, his buddies at “Pete’s”, his Kitty and loved spending time with his daughter, Jenna. Tom’s family would like to particularly thank and acknowledge Hospice of Humboldt County for their loving care and support during these difficult times.

I intend to write more about his passing, but for now perhaps this will suffice. I miss him a lot.

I'm going to be writing here again, but I want to change the look-and-feel of this blog before I do so it may be a bit yet.

Thanks so much to all of you for your support. It helped more than you'll ever know. Hugs to all of you.

- Hulles

17 comments:

Eva Gale said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Hulls. Amazing that you have a smiling picture to remember him by on that day. I'm so happy that you were able to be there for him, and I'm sure your life has been changed by the experience.

Yo have my sympathy, and admiration.

*hugs*

Missy said...

My condolences on your loss. I'm sure he is at peace now and you have some special memories of his last months.

Big Hug.

pj said...

I look at Leo every morning. The thing from the funeral is still sitting out. I walk by and there is Leo in Dubai, resting against the railing with the wide, clear ocean in the background. He looks happy and at peace.

La Espia T. said...

Oh Hulles, I wish I could just hug you right now. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Imagine a big breathless bear hug cuz that's what I'm sending your way right now.

Heather Harper said...

My most sincere sympathies for your loss, Hulles.

Very big hug.

H said...

So sorry for your loss, Hulles. Big, big hug.

Casti said...

Hulles, onde quer que Leo esteja, com certeza sorrirá para você... Ele não se foi, pois deixou algo dentro de você e isso será eterno.

Bj

Casti

Jen said...

I am tremendously sorry for your loss. Hugs!

XOXOXOXO,

~Jen

Virginia said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Ann Vremont said...

Hugs

MERLIN said...

Greetings Hulles,

My wife and father both died of cancer so I understand how you feel.

You'll always miss him but it'll fade to a tolerable "glow".

And he'll always be with you in spirit.

M.

Lollie said...

Rest peacefully Leo. Hulles, you know how I feel for you. xoxoxo

Jen said...

PS - I forgot to mention that I miss you. Please call soon when you feel up to an evening out. :)

Hulles said...

Thank you all so much. Your support has been invaluable to me. Hugs and kisses to one and all.

cristina said...

Love you both... and all... always.

Hulles said...

I love you too, dear. Always.

Mosilager said...

I'm so sorry, Hulles.