Obituary: D S Bull


REED CITY — D S Bull, 92, of Reed City, passed away Friday, May 20, 2011, in Traverse City.

He was born April 28, 1919, to Joseph William Bull and Nellie May Palmeter in Luther and was a 1937 graduate of Luther Agricultural School. From 1937-39, he attended Michigan State College before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps serving in Michigan from 1939-40, helping perform a variety of conservation and reforestation projects. On Aug. 23, 1941, he was married in Chelsea to Gladys Harrison who passed away in 1978. D served his country in the United States Army from 1943-46 as an X-Ray technician and returned to Luther after his service in the armed forces. He found work for a brief time in the oil fields near Hart before becoming employed in 1946 with Miller Industries (Tubelite Corp.) and retired in 1987 with more than 40 years of service with the company. In 1961 the family moved from Luther to the Reed City area, where he lived for the remainder of his life. He was a member of the Lou B. Winsor Lodge No. 363 F&AM and a member of the Reed City Lions Club. D was known for his passion for planting trees in the Reed City area and many friends and neighbors enjoy shade from trees that he planted or donated to land owners.

He is survived by his sons Dennis (Kathy) Bull of Zeeland and Dean (Sandie) Bull of Traverse City; daughters Anita (Alan) Denning of Byron Center and Catherine (Robert) Tift of Zeeland; 14 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Adelaide Bull; parents Joseph and Nellie Bull; brothers John S. Bull, Herbert Bull and Joseph Bull Jr.; and sisters Carmen Bark and Margerite (Peg) Porter.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home, Reed City with Rev. Ron Pinc officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Grand Traverse Pavilions Endowment Fund and envelopes will be available at the funeral home where friends may call at 1 p.m. May 24, 2011, until service time. The family would like to thank the staff of Grand Traverse Pavilions for the loving care that D received at their facility. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at