Jun 3, 2012 - StaffRiverton native John L. Hull, 56, died Saturday, May 19, 2012, in Hayden, Colo., following a long battle with cancer.
A memorial service was Thursday, May 31, at the Steamboat Grand Hotel Pavilion in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
John Lloyd Hull was born Oct. 25, 1955, in Riverton the son of Betty and Lloyd Hull.
He grew up on the Wind River Indian Reservation near Riverton, excelling in both football and wrestling, placing first in state tournaments. He was also active in bowling and won several state trophies during his high school years. He participated in the National Rifle Association as a sharpshooter and worked his way up to a top-notch marksman. He shared his skills by teaching hunter safety classes.
Mr. Hull joined the U.S. Air Force in 1974, during his high school senior year. After aircraft technical school, he was deployed to Vietnam, initially as an aircraft maintenance specialist and eventually to the position of flight engineer, assisting pilots and co-pilots in their flights. He was part of an Air Force rescue squadron that received several awards for special rescue missions performed during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in December 1975.
Mr. Hull returned to Riverton for a short time following the military.
He was married briefly to his first wife, Wendy.
With a friend he moved to Denver then to Glenwood Springs, Colo. He eventually chose mountain living and in 1979 bought a trailer home in Apple Tree Park in New Castle, Colo., about 25 miles from Glenwood Springs.
In October 1980, he met his second wife, Debbie Gregory, whom he married in June 1982. The couple moved to Silt, Colo., where they had their first child, Diane Jeannett, Jan. 3, 1985. I
n 1987, the family moved to Rifle, Colo., where they lived for another three years before the birth of their second child, Christopher John, Jan. 29, 1990. In September 1990, the family moved to Hayden, Colo.
Mr. Hull worked as an electrician for more than 30 years. The last 10 years of his life were spent working at the Steamboat Grand Hotel as electrician and maintenance technician. He went on medical leave Feb. 3, 2012.
Survivors include his his wife, Debbie; children Diane and Chris and stepson Brent of Parker, Colo.; an older sister, Juanita Self of Blackwell, Okla., an older brother, Chuck Hull of Lovell.
Memorials may be sent to the John Hull Cancer Fund, c/o Bank of the West, Steamboat Springs Office, P.O. Box 772948, Steam-boat Springs, CO 80477.
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