James H. Bull
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James H. Bull

Teller of jokes, punster, singer, and conversationalist, James H. Bull was the devoted husband of Karin; loving father of Kristin (Steven) Bradley-Bull and Quentin Bull; and dear grandfather of Niko, Kaleigh, Zachary, and Courtney.

Jim celebrated each grand and modest success of his beloved family and never passed up an opportunity to share a story of his childhood or of his international travel. He was also an avid follower of current events and a student of history.

Born 1930 and raised in Wisconsin Dells, he attended Western Michigan University. In the middle of that time he was called up by the military, where he served four years in Air Force intelligence, including time in the Korean War.

He then completed his B.A. and began his career at Lyons Township High School teaching English and sponsoring the yearbook. While teaching, he earned his M.A. at WMU. Because his yearbooks earned many national awards, he was elected president of Journalism Education Association. This role led to speaking and teaching activities throughout the country. He left teaching to work for the yearbook company Jostens, where he worked with advisors and students in schools on the south and west sides of Chicago and the suburbs.

In retirement he educated senior citizens on fraud and abuse issues and did other volunteer work. Nearly all his adult life he lived in La Grange Park.

Interment private. A memorial service may be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Arrangements entrusted to Hallowell & James Funeral Home, Countryside at 708-352-6500 or HJFunerals.com.

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Published in Suburban Life Publications on Oct. 29, 2020.
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October 26, 2020
I love that Jim's tribute starts out as "teller of jokes". That's how I remember this kind neighbor. However I was often fearful that I would not understand his jokes since they often required some historical or current event knowledge that I most likely lacked. Jim always had a hearty welcome and was a great neighbor for many years. Our sincere condolences are with the family. He will surely be missed.
Becky & Dave Russow
October 25, 2020
Jim was admired greatly by all and especially by my father Richard Colucci who always said Jim was “one of a kind”. Dad always talked so highly about Jim and said he was such a nice friend, a good person, ( the salt of the earth) & said he was so talented and yet so humble.
My dad is deeply saddened today to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Our Sincere Sympathy,
Rosanna Charbonneau ( daughter of Richard Colucci )

Rosanna Charbonneau
October 25, 2020
Mr. Bull's freshman English class on Nov 22, 1963 when he tearfully informed us of JFK assassination. Will never forget that day. On a lighter note, he made English fun!
Catherine Brand
October 25, 2020
I am sorry for the family’s loss. I knew of Jim when I attended LT, but I actually met him and worked with him when I was the yearbook advisor at Farragut and Hyde Park High Schools. He was patient and funny and almost made working on yearbooks fun. He was a good man.
Donna White Moscinski
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