Obituaries » James Lee Hullinger

James Lee Hullinger

June 13, 1934 - November 23, 2018

U.S. Veteran

     Services: 10:30 a.m. – Wed, November 28, 2018 at United Methodist Church – Mount Ayr

    Officiant: Rev. Melvin Ammon and Rev. Edward Shields

    Open Viewing: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm, Tuesday Nov, 27

    Family Present: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tues, Nov 27

    Masonic Service: 7:30 pm, Tues by Faith Lodge #179, all at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr

    Burial: Ellston Cemetery – Ellston, Iowa

    Military Honors: American Legion Ringgold Post 172 and Iowa Army Honor Guard

    Memorials: American Legion & Mt Ayr Library

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James Lee Hullinger was born June 13, 1934 to Carl and Ressa (Lovely) Hullinger at their home in Ellston, IA. He was welcomed by Carl Jr, Donald, Betty, and Harold then joined later by Danny and Jane. The family moved to Clarinda, IA when Jim was in the 9th grade where he graduated with the Class of 1953.

Jim attended college in Clarinda for 2 years before he and 3 classmates joined the U.S. Army. After training, Jim was shipped to Korea as a combat field medic. Jim was honorably discharged in March 1961.

After returning home, Jim went back to college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After graduation, Jim taught speech 100 at the college. Jim wanted his PhD, so he went to the University of Missouri at Columbia for 3 1/2 years. Jim got his Doctorate Degree in Speech Communications and went back to Omaha to teach. Then he went to Coolidge, AZ to teach, returning after 4 years back to Omaha. Jim transferred to the University of Nebraska at Kearney, NE and taught until his retirement in 2001. Jim took debate teams all over the country for competition winning numerous awards.

After retiring, Jim returned to his farm in Redding where he enjoyed his Belgian horses. He bought a hay rack and gave many rides to groups, families, friends, and wedding parties, including having Mike Wimer drive it for his own wedding. Because of liability purposes Jim switched to using his 1934-B John Deere instead of the Belgians.

On August 16, 2003, Jim married the love of his life, Rosemary Crawford Schlapia. After 7 years of courting, Jim asked Rosemary’s mother for permission to marry her. Jim gained a step-daughter, Judi and her husband Travis, and two grandsons, Bryce and Brock Shaha. He thought the world of this family and enjoyed watching the boys wrestle and play football, even though he didn’t know anything about wrestling. Jim fit right in with the Crawford family too.

Jim was active in the Masonic Lodge, where he was a past Worshipful Master, as well as past commander for the American Legion, Ringgold Post #172. Jim also was a member of the Shriners, Eastern Star, Sons of American Legion, and the Mount Ayr United Methodist Church. When the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr was working at the Iowa State Fair to raise money for their new church, Jim was there helping them. Jim enjoyed singing and belonged to the Ringgold Singers, The Community Singers, and went to the Tingley Meal Site to sing with The Tingley Band on Fridays. Jim sang a special song “Always” to his bride at their wedding. Jim also enjoyed being in plays directed by Scott Marcum of Blockton, IA.

Jim peacefully passed away November 23, 2018 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; in-laws, William and Catherine Crawford; brothers Carl Jr (Betty), Donald (Virginia), Harold and Danny; nephews Kendall Crawford and Robert Hullinger.

Jim is survived by his wife, Rosemary; step-daughter Judi (Travis) Shaha and two grandsons he thought the world of, Bryce and Brock, all of Mount Ayr. Other survivors are two sisters, Betty (Bob) Goff of Spokane, WA, Jane (Jim) Lamascus of Milwaukee, OR; two sisters-in-law Oralyn Hullinger of Salina, CA and Katharine Hullinger of Ventura, CA; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald (Cham) Crawford, Larry (Marlene) Crawford, Ann Beech, John (Donna) Crawford, Harold (Melynda) Crawford, Bernard (Marla) Crawford, and Doris Crawford; nieces, nephews, and cousins; very special and like family were Rosemary’s step children Mark Schlapia, Jean Rezmer, Janis Schuberth, Joan Woods and their families; and a host of friends.

Memorials are to the American Legion (Ringgold Post #172) and the Public Library, both in Mount Ayr.