Ivan V. Hula, age 89, passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at Blue Valley Senior Living in Blue Rapids.

Ivan was born October 12, 1927, to Charles and Agnes (Svoboda) Hula at his parent’s home in rural Blue Rapids. He graduated from Blue Rapids High School in 1945. He married MaDonna Saville and was later divorced. Ivan was a long time farmer in the Blue Rapids and Frankfort area.

He was elected president of the Farmer’s Coop of Blue Rapids. He was a member of the Blue Rapids Historical Society and enjoyed sharing his antique and china collections at the Blue Rapids Museum for everyone to see. He was also a member of the Society of Old Ivory and Ohme Porcelains, and enjoyed going to their national conventions. One of his hobbies was making clocks and stamp mailboxes along with other woodworking projects.

He enjoyed traveling and was able to visit all fifty states and Europe. Because of his curious nature he never was afraid to stop and visit with people to see what they were doing and to ask how things work.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Agnes Hula, a sister; Angeline and husband Leonard Bigham, and a sister in law, Vesta Hula.

He is survived by a brother, Charles Hula of Blue Rapids, seven nieces and nephews, Joe (Jann) Hula of Powell Butte, Oregon; Rose Hula of Marysville; Dorothy (Tom) Jensen of Belton, Missouri; John (Lila) Hula of Blue Rapids; Jerry (Jeanie) Hula of Covington, Georgia; Donna (Tony) Fuller of Blue Rapids and Lee (Janelle) Bigham of Blue Rapids, by 15 great nieces and nephews and 24 great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are planned for 10:00 am, Monday, October 10, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Blue Rapids. Viewing will be from Noon until 8:00 pm Sunday, at Terry-Christie Funeral Home in Waterville where Ivan’s family will receive guests from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Burial will be at the Czech-Moravian Cemetery south of Blue Rapids.

Memorials are suggested to either the Gideon’s or to the Blue Rapids Historical Society and may be sent in care of Terry-Christie Funeral Home at PO Box 61, Waterville, Kansas 66548.

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