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