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James Lee Hullinger

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.

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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So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a special guy. He always gave me a bad time at the Ringgold County Hospital when I worked there. Recited 5 things he told me to say, and I only remember one, "Be Good". I enjoyed his smile, and friendliness. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Linda Barber

Linda E Barber Nov 29 2018 12:00 AM

I have many special memories of my Uncle Jim. I will never forget when he and I drove my VW bug from California to Iowa, where I was attending college. As we were driving through Nevada, the brake peddle of my car suddenly broke off when I tried to stop for road construction and it was laying on the floor of the car! Jim pulled the emergency brake to stop the car, used a paper clip to fasten the brake peddle back on and off we drove to Iowa! It was quite an exciting trip to say the least! I loved listening to Jim and my dad (Harold) talk about their many childhood antics and life with their siblings and parents (my grandparents) on the farm. Jim always made me feel special by giving me nicknames and such when I was young. I was so sad to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to Rosemary and family. Take care and may God bless and comfort you all, Tara Hullinger-Doughty

Tara Hullinger-Doughty Nov 28 2018 12:00 AM

We will miss your beautiful voice and your happy smile. Sincere condolences to your family.

Judith Henderson Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear this; went to JC in Clarinda with him; knew his brother, Danny,

Don Parsons Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM

Rosemary and all of the families, So sorry for the loss of Jim. Wish I could be there, but know I am there for you in thought. Love and Prayers Always, Dianne

Dianne Johnson Miller Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM

Rosemary and Family - So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my heart and prayers.

Vickie Butler Nov 26 2018 12:00 AM