James Edward Hull

URBANA: James Edward Hull, 92, of Urbana, passed away at 6:55 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Heartland Health Care Center in Champaign.
Celebration of Life services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, February10, 2013, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. Evangelist Richard Miller will officiate.Interment will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Urbana. Military graveside rites will be accorded by VFW Post 5520 color guard. Visitation will be Saturday, February 9, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
James was born October 13, 1920 in Cardington, Ohio, the son of Fred James and Pansy May Hull. He had three half-brothers, one half-sister, one sister, and two great-grandchildren all preceding him in death.
James married Doris Bladen on January 11, 1947 in Mansfield, Ohio, whom he met in England while serving in the Second World War. She died on June 30, 2002 in Urbana.
He is survived by four children, Glenda Hull, Julia (Terry) Collins, Brian (Marsha) Hull, all of Urbana, and Daniel (Sheila) Hull of Troy, Mo. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
James served in the Army in World War II and was in the Normandy invasion, fighting in all of the major European battles all the way to Berlin. He was a member of American Legion Post #24 in Champaign and very active in V.F.W. Post #5520, Champaign, for many years.
He worked with Congress for several years to rename Interstate 72 Purple Heart Memorial Highway in honor of those wounded in battle during war.
James served in the past as a Post Chaplin at the V.F.W. Post #5520 for 5 years and color guard presenting many surviving family members with American flags at their soldier's final rest. Because of his devotion to service, he was named Champaign County Veteran of the Year in 2004.
He lived in the area for most of the past 50 years. Past employments include Power Equipment and North Electric in Galion, Ohio, Magnavox in Urbana Ill., and also employment in Elsberry, Mo., Deland, Fla., Ithaca, N.Y., and retired from the University of Illinois Abbott Power Plant in 1986.
One of his greatest passions was to bring the meaning of the folding of the flag and his stories about the war to school children and organizations.
James was a very excellent father and was very loving and devoted to his entire family. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial donations can be directed to V.F.W. Post #5520, or the in honor of James Hull.
Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.

Published in the News Journal from Mar. 5 to Mar. 12, 2013