Dale L. Hulse, at the age of 93, passed away peacefully after a brief illness while family members held his gentle hands.
Dale was born in Stoneham, Colo., to Ed and Ida Hulse. He was the youngest of three boys. At the age of two, his family moved to McCook, Neb., where he grew up. He was very active in sports and spent much time at the McCook YMCA. He was the first life guard to work for the McCook Community Swimming pool.
He attended the University of Nebraska where he earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in physical education. He joined the U.S. Air Force
in October 1942, and retired after 26 years. He and his family enjoyed many duty stations. He served in China, Burma and India during WWII
and also served during the Korean War
. Duty stations included Japan, French Morocco, North Africa, Great Falls, Mont., Coleville, Wash., Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and teaching ROTC at Purdue University
in West Lafayette, Ind.
On June 3, 1942, he married the love of his life, Genevieve Jane Gull, after waiting four years for her to become 18 years. They celebrated 70 wonderful years together.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Ida Hulse; two brothers, Don and Harold Hulse; and an infant son.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Genevieve 'Gen' Hulse; son, Jed Ronald Hulse; daughter, Linda Dale Mills (Jim); two granddaughters, Kimberly Rose (Jeff) and Angela Quinn (Ronnie); nine great-grandchildren, Bryan Parks, Brandon Parks, Brett Parks, Michael Quinn (Sarah), Christina Quinn, Christopher Quinn, Jeffrey Rose (Kimberleigh), Brittany Cooper (Blake) and Stephanie Gorton (Tony); and three great-great-grandchildren, Madison and Emily Quinn and Owen Cooper.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) 752 Lovejoy Road in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., or Sharing and Caring 104 Bullock Blvd. Niceville, Fla.
Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 2 to 3 p.m., at Emerald Coast, followed by a graveside service at Beal Memorial Cemetery, 316 NW Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL, with full military honors.
Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed online at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.