Donald D. Hull, 87, of St. Mary’s, OH went home to the Lord June 14th at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He was born, July 29th, 1934 in Buckley, IL to the late Gaylord and Esther (Janssen) Hull. On March 14th, 1959 he married the late Martha E. Hengstler who passed away on May 22nd, 2010.
In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by his brothers-in-law Jim Martin of Mesa, AZ, Lonnie Garrelts of Buckley, IL and sister-in-law Barbara (Marvin) Logan of Wapakoneta. He is survived by two daughters, Tina (Mike) Benson of Fort Myers, FL and Brenda (Daniel) Sudhoff of St. Mary’s OH; two brothers, Gordon (Bonnie) Hull of Paxton, IL, Richard (Renee) Hull of Oak Forest, IL; two sisters, Carol Martin of Chandler, AZ and Mary Garrelts of Loda, IL; three granddaughters, Sara (John) Nagel of New Bremen; Danielle (Trevor) Kill of Lima, and Holly (Sam) Palmer of Beavercreek; great-grandchildren Grace Anne, Rutledge Grayson and Gwenyth Opal, sisters-in-law, Mary Dotson, Lucy Best; brother-in-law Raymond (Dianne) Hengstler; along with many nieces and nephews.
He always loved baseball and growing up in Buckley, IL, gave him that opportunity with a baseball diamond located in his back yard. He enjoyed many games with his brothers and nephews one of which became a professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants (Scott Garrelts). He enjoyed coaching little league baseball at Shawnee while his girls were in school. One of the players on his team was Brad Komminsk who went on to play for Atlanta. He also loved to fish and hunt. Donald was an avid Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinal’s fan.
Donald attended Buckley Community High School graduating in 1952. After school, he worked for a company that built silos over 7 states and worked for many farmers in his community. In 1957, he was drafted into the Army at Fort Carson, CO. He went to electronics school in Fort Monmoth, NJ and finished his schooling in Red Stone Arsenal In Alabama with a degree in electrical engineering. While in the service, he met Marvin Logan from Lima, OH and became good friends. Marvin introduced him to his fiancé’s sister (Martha) who became his loving wife of 50 years. After the service, he moved to Lima, OH and went to work at Lima Cement Products on March 12th 1959. He retired on Oct 2nd, 2001. After retiring from LCP, he delivered flowers for Don Johnson Florist in Lima, OH.
Don was an outgoing sociable person who could strike up a conversation with anyone he met. After his wife passed away, he moved from Wapakoneta to St. Mary’s with his beloved cats, Butterscotch and Peaches to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. He loved passing out gold dollars to children along with their parents or anyone he stopped to talk to. While in St. Mary’s, he met some very special people who became dear friends. He is a member of the Wapakoneta Eagles 691. He was a deacon at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wapakoneta, OH.
Funeral services will begin 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 20, 2022 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Rev. Kurt Klingbell will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 15321 Pusheta Road, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895.