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Donald William Hulla, 84, went to be with the Lord on March 1st, 2021. Born on July 15, 1936, in St.Louis, Missouri, son of William Benedict and Mary Helen Hulla. Don served in the Army and worked a number of years for the Pullman Company and Terminal Railroad. He later started his own building business. He built homes in St.Louis and met his late wife Kay when working on her parent’s home. Don and Kay were married on June 29, 1968 and their daughter Suzy was born on April 18, 1972. Don, Kay, Suzy, and step-sons Mike and Dave moved to the lake in 1973. Don’s beloved wife Kay passed away on December 10th, 1983.
Don built beautiful homes at the lake, rarely contracting any of the labor. He poured his own foundations, framed, plumbed, wired, painted, trimmed, tiled, etc. He worked hard, taking only the occasional coffee break with Kinser, his faithful dog of 17 years that accompanied him to work most days. In 2016 he moved to the Kansas City area to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. Don was a devoted father and Gramps. He loved his grandsons Camron and Jordan dearly, and beamed with pride when he spoke of them. Don enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and watching the birds and squirrels outside his window. He was also known to love a big bucket of KFC (he famously called it Kentucky Kernel) and most recently became a fan of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Don is survived by daughter Suzy Haas, son-in-law Troy Haas, grandsons Camron and Jordan Haas, step-son Mike Martin, sister Bert Cochran Haas, nephew Chris Cochran, niece Shannon Olsson, first cousin Rita Frierdich, and many other dear cousins and friends. In addition to his wife Kay, Don was preceded in death by his parents, step-son Dave Martin, and sisters, Joan and Roslyn Hulla.
A private service will be held at St. Mark’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 13th at 11am. Don gave regularly to St. Jude’s and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A memory donation to one of these organizations is suggested in lieu of flowers: St Jude’s and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.