Walter Emerson Hull left this earthly world peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, three weeks and two days after he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. True to Walter's prepared planning, he has arrived in heaven in time to have Thanksgiving with his beloved wife, Dorothy.
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Walter was born May 4, 1919, in Hamilton, the first son to Roland Roy and Emma Majorie (Tapkin) Hull. As a boy he worked with his father in the fields and dairy barn, did chores for his aunts and uncles, loved going to his grandparents house, and put up with his kid brother.
He graduated from Corvallis High School in May 1938. He went to work for Wells Creamer that following September and later for the United States Forest Service clearing trails.
On Nov. 1, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army where he was trained in trucking and marksmanship with the M1 rifle. He served six months in the continental United States and two years eight months in the Asiatic Pacific during the battle campaigns of New Guinea, Southern Philippines and Luzon. He was cited with a Service Medal, Liberation Medal, Victory Medal and one Bronze Service Star. After his honorable discharge on Dec. 15, 1944, he returned to Ravalli County where he worked for the Carl Swanson farm and the state of Montana highway department.
In 1975 he moved to the Manhattan area to work for Harry Brainard. In this rural town he met and married Dorothy Leah Jones Dourer on Aug. 13, 1976. In 1984 he retired from the maintenance service at Montana State University.
He and Dorothy shared their life with Dorothy's mother and settled into babysitting, first their great three nieces, and then their two granddaughters. His devotion to Dorothy was unwavering as he moved to Bozeman to remain by her side at the rest home. In May 2006 he moved to Roundup to be with his niece's family.
Due to his father's influence as a school board member, Walter loved to read. He also enjoyed watching ball games, writing letters, telling stories and jokes.
Walter was preceded in death by the love of his life, Dorothy; his brother, Roland Hull; his mother-in-law, Marion Jones; brother-in-law, Clifford (Joan) Jones; parents and grandparents.
Walter is survived by his stepdaughter, Jody (Dan) Acord, two granddaughters, Shawna (Randy) Oostema and Sara Acord, and one great-granddaughter, CJ, all of Belgrade; niece, Kathryn (John) Pfister of Roundup; great-nieces, Leanne (Brett) Hoagland of Glendive, Loreta (Clint) Halford of Chino Valley, Ariz., Lyndee (James) Pfister-England of Roundup; two great-great-nephews, Connley Hoagland and Reno Halford; nephew, William Hull of Whitefish; brother-in-law, Donald (Charolete) Jones of Harrison; sister-in-law, Betty Hull of Roundup; as well as cousins and friends.
Walter was looking forward to the arrival of a second great-granddaughter and another great-great-niece or nephew. He was a kind and caring man who is no longer a grandfather and uncle here on earth. He will surely be our guardian angel in heaven.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice and Musselshell County Senior Services who so graciously helped care for Walter.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.20, at Mount View Cemetery in Billings.
Wier Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 17, 2007