William Morel Vant Hul was born Jan. 1, 1928, at Hull, the son of Herman and Tillie (Mouw) Vant Hul. He was raised on a farm near Hull, where he attended a country school. He later received a G.E.D. from the Northwest Iowa Technical College in Sheldon.
On Jan. 29, 1946, he married Mildred Helen Kramer in Orange City. They first farmed near Carnes and then moved into Alton. After a short time in Sioux Falls, S.D., they settled in Doon. In the early 1980s, they returned to Alton, where they have since lived.
In addition to farming, Bill was a truck driver, and he managed the fertilizer, chemical, and seed divisions of both the Farmers Cooperative Elevator and American Cyanimid. in Doon.
He was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where he served as an elder on the consistory. In earlier years, he was elected as the mayor of Doon, and he was a member of the First Reformed Church in Doon, where he served as vice-president of the consistory and as superintendent of the Sunday school. He also belonged to the Gideons, and he served as a lay minister.
Bill enjoyed traveling, reading, fishing, golfing, and visiting with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Millie; five children and their spouses, Virginia "Gini" and Dr. Rodney Schuller, of Le Mars, the Rev. Kent and Wendy Vant Hul of Cedar Grove, Wis., Mark and Kathy Vant Hul, of Alton; Lynne and Don Dreesen, of Slayton, Minn., and Jan and Dan Plesher, of Sioux City; 14 grandchildren, Dr. Matthew Schuller, and his wife, Dr. Kim; Heather, and her husband, Adam Nemer; Dr. Nicholas Van Es, and his wife, Amy; Dr. Joseph Van Es, and his wife, Heather; Eric Vant Hul, and his wife, Susan; Troy Vant Hul, and his wife, Sarah; Eva, and her husband, Sean Bulian; Jaclyn Vant Hul; Rachae, and her husband, John Jensen; Brittany Dreesen; Brandon Dreesen; Ross Small, and his wife, Amanda; Luke Plesher, and Olivia Plesher; 18 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Frances Van Gorp, of Orange City, Emogene and her husband, Donald Raak, of Hospers, and Dawn and her husband, Dennis Beltman, of Orange City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Wayne Vant Hul and Mary Van Es; and two brothers-in-law, Howard Van Gorp and Kenneth Van't Hof.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. Kent E. Vant Hul, the Rev. Elizabeth Hardeman, and the Rev. Michael Hardeman will officiate. Interment will follow at the Nassau Township Cemetery, near Alton. Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today (Friday), with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials may be directed to the Alton Reformed Church and the Orange City Area Health System Hospital.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at at www.oolman.com.