Remembering my father

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My sweet father, Ken Van Hulla, passed away peacefully today, around 8 PM California time. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the last several years. In June he fell and broke his hip, and he never fully recovered. He was 82.

I will always remember my father as a man full of integrity, generous, and ready to laugh. He grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, close to the Michigan border, and he loved the outdoors. Because he enjoyed nature so much, he became a weatherman and served in the Air Force for 31 years. When he retired, he earned a teaching degree and taught fifth and sixth grade for a Christian school for ten years. Throughout his life, he exemplified kindness.

“Praise the Lord.
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who finds great delight in his commands.
His children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.
Surely he will never be shaken;
a righteous man will be remembered forever.
He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.” (Psalm 112:1-7)

My father was such a man.

Other posts about my dad:
June 17, 2012 – Happy father’s day and thank you
January 12, 2012 – Slow thaw
September 26, 2011 – 10 things I learned from my dad this week
June 19, 2011 – Thank you for my daddy
July 2, 2010 – Family visit
May 31, 2010 – Memorial Day & my dad

10 Responses

  1. Paul

    My prayers will be with you and yours as you remember your Father’s Life and look forward to your future reunion.

    May God grant you peace over the next few days and may this be a time of witness to those who knew your father but may not have known his Heavenly Father. May your children be blessed with peace and showered in love as they remember their Grandfather.

    God Be With You…

  2. BJ

    Thank you for sharing your father with us. He sounds like a person I would have enjoyed knowing. I know your heart must be both saddened and joyful right now. I’m so happy for him that he is once again whole and with his heavenly father. May you feel God’s arms of comfort wrapped around you as you mourn his loss here on earth. Blessings.

  3. susan schaller

    So sorry Maria ! He has found peace with the Lord, his God!

  4. Jacquelin

    Te acompaño en el sentimiento. También conozco esta situación. Ahora debemos reponernos y seguir hacia adelante recordando los buenos momentos.
    Un beso

  5. Betsy M

    I am sorry about your Dad. Your family will be in my prayers with the the birth of your Amalya coming up – God Bless!

  6. Kitty Lineberger

    Hi Maria,
    I am Kitty, Ken’s wife Lena Van Hulla’s daughter.
    The posts of your Dad that I read are so sweet.
    He is a wonderful man, now with his Lord Jesus Christ
    in Heaven.
    Our family spent much time with Ken and Lena, laughing, playing cards, walking,
    and Ken was admired by my sons as a mentor during the 22 years Ken and Lena were married.
    When Michael and Karen cared for him we didn’t see him often, but we all were so grateful for the loving care he was given.
    Love, Kitty

    • Maria

      Thanks, Kitty. I really enjoy hearing what other people remember about my father, too. He was a treasure.

  7. Lisa

    He helped welcome your grandson home. You and your family have been through so much. (((hugs))) You are so strong in your faith and it is inspiring.