Skyline Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd., Portland, OR


John Matthew Hula Sr.

June 13, 1936May 3, 2020

John was born in Tarrytown NY on June 13, 1936 to Jacob and Sabina Hula. His parents and 2 brothers, Edward B and Raymond H. predeceased him.

He graduated from Alexander High School in Elmsford, New York. After graduation he joined the US Air Force. He worked in the 3387 TT Squadron (SAGE) in Saratoga Springs, NY and Stewart Airforce Base in Newburg New York. He was honorably discharged in 1961 as an Airman First Class. John married his High School sweetheart, Barbara Capone in 1959. Together they raised 3 children; John Matthew, Jr (Marylynn), Kevin Michael (Jamie) and Susan Marie. He was the proud grandpa of 8; Matthew, Alex and Nicholas Hula, Katherine Hula Squires (Brandt) Jesse and Jacob Hula and Dylan and Maddie Rose Duyck. He was anxiously awaiting the birth of his first Great Grandchild in July. Upon discharge from the Air Force John worked for EJ Korvette in Scarsdale, NY, where he was the executive manager of home goods. In 1963 he was offered a job in sales by the Vice President of Trans World Airlines. The vice president had been a customer and was impressed by his sales ability and his honesty.

John accepted the offer and moved his family to Bethel, CT which was close to his assigned sales office and also easy access to executive offices in Manhattan. During the 22 years he lived in Bethel he was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Mary Church where he taught CCD to High School Juniors and Seniors. In 1968, John, along with men from Bethel, Newtown, Danbury and Redding, CT formed the first Pop Warner Football League in western Connecticut. He went on to coach the Bethel Bobcats and Bulldogs. John was also instrumental in forming the Bethel High School Football Booster Club where he served many offices. During his 27 years with Trans World Airlines, John excelled in leadership and sales, winning quarterly and annual awards of excellence. He was a member of many travel organizations and won many awards for his contributions to the airline and travel industry. His years with TWA gave him the opportunity to travel the world extensively. He was a proud ambassador for TWA escorting travel agents on familiarization trips to cities and countries TWA served. John delighted in surprising his children with a quick 24-hour getaway to San Francisco. Every summer he would take his family on adventurous vacations.

When TWA began service to PDX in 1983, he was promoted to Manager, Passenger Sales and was transferred to Oregon. He and Barbara bought a home in Beaverton where they resided until 2011. John loved Oregon, his adopted state. Often telling people it was always 72 degrees and sunny, no matter the weather.

In 1991 he retired from TWA which by then was American Airlines. He then worked in sales for various companies and volunteered for the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for the building the first two floats that Hillsboro entered in the Rose Festival Parade. Both floats won prestigious awards. In 1992, he was named Washington County Visitors Association Volunteer of the Year. He was a member of the Benevolent Order of Elks and enjoyed his weekly Wednesday lunches at the Lodge, in Hillsboro.

John had always dreamed of living in Ocenco Station. In 2011 that dream became a reality. There he found many friends, love and support. He loved dinner parties, soup nights, summer days on the deck (aka the Hula Hut) and Thanksgiving dinner with as many folks as he could fit at the extended table he made. Most of all, he loved Happy Hour where everyone was always welcome; the doors were always open. His favorite greeting when one would visit: “may I get you something to sip on?” After you read this, I suggest you “get something to sip on” and toast John Hula.


  • Elks National Foundation
  • Central Hospital For Veterinary Medicine


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John Matthew Hula Sr.

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Tamara Tkacz

May 15, 2020

Being a bartender for years, I have used that expression a million times. Thanks Uncle John!

Lorna Gemmill Brenneman

May 11, 2020

What a beautiful written memorial about such a great human being. My prayers go out to The Hula family. There are not enough words to describe a man so full of life. I have a many memories of Uncle John but the ones that come to light are his smile, laugh, hugs and love of life.

Bruce Gemmill

May 9, 2020

Our Love , thoughts , prayers and memories are with the Hula family always. John was a dear friend and guiding influence in my life, always a positive caring attitude . His smile and laughter will always be in my fond memories of years gone by. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Maryellen Cheh

May 8, 2020

When you sat with John Hula you always felt he really cared
About you and your conversation. The conversation had substance.
Two trips to Oregon from CT. Left us with lifetime joy and wonderful memories. We had such laughter and fun!
Rest in peace John. Your smile, friendship and warm heart will
Always be remembered!

Maryellen Cheh ...and your buddy in Heaven , Don.

Beth Haigh

May 7, 2020

What a beautifully written story about John's life of which I am so thankful to be a part of from Elmsford days to present days. My loving and caring very special John will live forever in my heart and .soul.

Jean DaMore

May 7, 2020

A big smile and a bigger hug were what John always gave me. Any time we were together he could be counted on to ask what do you need done or how can I help you. A very special man, a loving and giving friend who will be missed by all of us who knew him. "May he rest in peace and his memory be a blessing."

Patty Campbell

May 6, 2020

No matter the day or the hour, John would always light up the room when someone new entered. He was the consummate host...always cheerful and welcoming and genuinely interested in what was going on in your life. I loved seeing the little shelf he built in the garage where he would gently place Bobbi's glass of wine each evening so it would be ready for her when she was came in after working a long day as a School Nurse.

Oh, that chuckle....oh, that twinkle in his eye. You made a lasting impression John Hula, and are already greatly missed. ox

Jeanie Matthies-Kurzrok

May 6, 2020

I will always remember John as a caring person. He was a pleasure to work with and will be missed by all his TWA family... RIP John.

Ginger Hussian

May 5, 2020

Dear Bobbi and family, We are very saddened with John’s passing. We have so many happy memories of John and you and your wonderful family. They were so long ago yet still very vivid in our minds and hearts. John is in our prayers and you and your family are in our hearts. With love, Bob and Ginger Hussian


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