Thomas R. Tull, D.O.
August 31, 1917 – December 7, 2011
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THOMAS R. (BOB) TULL, D.O.
Particulars: • Age: 94 Birthdate: August 31, 1917 Birthplace: Galva, Illinois • Date and Place of Death: December 7, 2011, Sanctuary at Bellbrook, Rochester Hills, MI EDUCATION AND CAREER • Osteopathic Physician (D.O.) • Graduate of Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine - 1941 • Internship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital - 1941-1942 • Residency OB/Gyne Chicago Osteopathic Hospital 1942-1946 (4 years) • Clinical professor at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine through 1951 • Certified in OB/Gyne and Fellow in College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. • Undergraduate education - Illinois Wesleyan University FAMILY HISTORY • Ran track in High School and college - was a Pole Vaulter (says his bad shoulders later in life were the result of too many landings on the asphalt next to the mats); • Married September 3, 1944 to Jean Loutrell Lishness (of Lapeer, MI), whom he met while a clinical professor at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Three of their children were born in Chicago, IL, Pamela Sue (‘46), Cynthia Lee (‘48) and Douglas Alan (‘51). Two were born in Detroit, Michigan, Steven Craig (‘52) and Thomas Ward (‘55). • Moved to Michigan, fall of 1951 after birth of third child (first son) to Lapeer, MI where they stayed until Bob established his practice in OB/Gyne at both Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital with office in Berkley, MI. That same year, they bought a house in Royal Oak. Eventually he moved his practice and office to Bi-County Osteopathic Hospital in Warren, MI. • Bob, Jean and family lived in Royal Oak, MI (111 Aqua Court) for 5 years and then moved to Beverly Hills, MI, to a much larger home for such a large family in 1956 (18161 Riverside Drive). • They moved their church membership from the Methodist Church of Royal Oak (where son, Tom and wife Kip still belong and are active), to the First Congregational Church of Birmingham when they moved to Beverly Hills. • They invested in Grand Traverse Resort in its early years as a limited partner and eventually bought a condo in the first sets of condos built on the old course at the resort. That condo served as a well deserved respite from the ardors of his OB/Gyne practice. • Bob loved to snow ski. He and family joined Kandahar Ski Club in metro Detroit for local skiing, but he always loved going “up north” to ski - often staying in either Kalkaska (for Boyne Mountain) or Petoskey (for Boyne Highlands or Nubs Nob). He also enjoyed skiing “out West” and he continued skiing until he was 85! He much preferred snow and cold in the winter, to the warmer climates in Florida. • Upon his retirement in 1985, Bob and Jean moved to their condo at the Grand Traverse Resort, however that was not long lived, as he could not get used to not having a lawn and grounds to take care of - nor could he adjust to a one car garage only slightly larger than the car that he parked there and Jean had difficulty with the third floor location and no elevator. • Within a year (1986), he and Jean moved to their final home in the Bay East Village Subdivision on Mission Peninsula. The home was perfect for them with a first floor master bedroom and a fully completed lower floor for their children and grandchildren (and eventually great grandchildren), when they visited. Bob and Jean became members of the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City soon after their move to Traverse City. • Never one to sit around once he had retired to Traverse City, Bob tried his hand at real estate, and eventually as a volunteer at the Traverse City Welcome Center. He remained active in the Golden K Kiwanis Club the entire time he lived in Traverse City. • After Jean passed away in 1997, he became best friends with Betty Briner, who had been a student of his (along with his eventual wife, Jean) and who, along with her DO Husband, Don, had retired to a home on the west bay side of Mission Peninsula, 10 minutes from his house. (Interesting side note, Betty Briner had been in Bob and Jean’s wedding in Chicago, in 1945!). Betty had lost her husband two years earlier and so they enjoyed each others company for almost 10 years, before Betty had to move to Lansing for health reasons. • Bob then became companions with Phyllis Peacock, whose husband, a fellow Kiwanian, had passed a few years earlier. Phyllis lives also on Mission Peninsula, not 5 minutes from Bob’s house. Bob and Phyllis enjoyed each others company and families for the balance of Bob’s life in Traverse City. • Bob was an avid reader - and very much followed current events (albeit as broadcast on the fair and balanced Fox News!). He was probably the only senior citizen in Traverse City who had a “Repeal Obamacare” bumper sticker on his trusty Buick Century (which was one way to distinguish his tan Buick Century from many others to be found in TC)((also the only one with a red ribbon tied to the antennae)). • Bob loved the neighborhood in Bay East Village Sub - and was often seen outside - even at 93 and 94, trimming bushes and building his “burn pile” in the summer, and plowing his snow in the winter. He was blessed with good neighbors who cared for him as much as he did for them. • Bob celebrated his 94th birthday on August 31, 2011. This summer many members of his family made trips to visit with him - weekly, it seemed - he loved having his family there, but it did wear him out. • Ultimately shortly after his 94th birthday he was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a blood disorder which impaired his ability to produce healthy red blood cells - his symptom was shortness of breath. He spent three stays in Munson Medical Center from mid September to mid October, 2011 - his family, most in the metro Detroit area, stayed with him through these trying times. • After Bob’s last visit to Munson Hospital, his sons drove him to Sanctuary at Bellbrook in Rochester Hills. Continuing health issues, eventually resulted in a willing determination to enter Hospice with Mercy Hospice at Sanctuary at Bellbrook. BOB’S FAMILY: • Adopted son of Thomas Hatfield Tull - a Methodist minister in Illinois - and Nancy (Towell) Tull. He and Jean produced a family as follows: • Pamela Sue Bowling (Venice FL/Silverthorne, Colorado) • Cynthia Lee Noggle (Oxnard, CA/Sun City AZ) • Douglas A. Tull (of Rochester Hills, MI) • Steven C. Tull (deceased, 12-7-2007) • Thomas W. Tull (of Southfield, MI) He is survived by 14 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren, as well as 1 niece with 2 “grandchildren”, as follows: • Pamela Sue Bowling (Gerald W.) (Venice, FL/Silverthorne, CO) • Amy Batley (Blake) of Atlanta, Georgia • Clay Batley • Reese Batley • Sloane Batley • Andrew Bowling (Heather) of Nashville Tennessee • Kate and Abby Bowling (twins) • Rachel Bowling • Cynthia Lee Noggle (Jim) (Oxnard, CA/Sun City, AZ) • Kristin Wilson (William) of Canton, MI • Caleb Wilson • Kevin Lyon (Michelle) of Fort Collins, CO • Jacey Lyon • Jessup Lyon • Douglas Alan Tull (Janet) (Rochester Hills, MI) • Robert Tull (Kristin) of Troy, MI • Josephine (Josie) Tull • Christopher Tull (Jackie) of Rochester Hills, MI • Grace (Gracie) Tull • Elizabeth (Ellie) Tull • Jonathan Tull of Rochester Hills • Steven Craig Tull (deceased 12-7-07), ex-spouse (Joyce) (Troy, MI) • Stephanie Tull of Los Angeles, CA • Katherine Tull of Los Angeles, CA • Sara Tull of Troy, MI • Laura Tull of Troy, MI • Thomas Ward Tull (Kip) (Southfield, MI) • Thomas Jay (T Jay) Tull (Anne) of Seattle, WA • Ryan Spencer Tull of Southfield, MI • Nolan Tull • Kira Kurth Tull of East Lansing, MI • Karen Sue Swarbrick (Jeff) of Oakland Township, MI (Jean’s sister’s daughter - “Uncle Bob”). • Justin Swarbrick (Gretchen) of Rochester Hills, MI • Kendall Swarbrick of Holland, MI SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE: • CELEBRATION OF LIFE at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Winchester, Traverse City - for friends and family on Saturday, December 17, 2011 starting at 1 p.m. Family visitation starts at noon. Reverend Becky Chamberlain; refreshments served at the church following. • Family Interment with private service at Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak, later winter or early spring 2012, to be determined. • In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob and Jean Tull’s memory (P.E.O. Chapter EV) to: P.E.O. Scholar Award P.E.O. Executive Office 3700 Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50312
- Celebration of Life Saturday, December 17, 2011
Thomas R. Tull, D.O.
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December 18, 2011
You have taught me so much about life and how to live it. Such a wonderful example and I will always remember how you influenced me in life and as you were preparing for your last transition to death. You always had time for me no matter how busy you were. I asked you one time after Mom died "who am I going to talk to when you are gone" and you quickly replied, Doug. Well Doug, consider yourself tagged!
You were grateful for your 94 years, "a full and happy life with no regrets". I intend to follow your footsteps and make you proud.
Know you are in the arm's of the Lord now and are at peace with Mom and Steve at your side.
I love you Daddy and will miss you terribly! I promise to "be happy"! Love, your daughter, Cindy Lee Tull Noggle xoxo
December 16, 2011
To Bob Tull's family:
I met Bob & Jean when he started his second career - Real Estate.
I witnessed what a kind, warm, dear man he was and how he treated other people. He called me to help Betty Briner, his friend sell her home. He was so very good, and helped her, as he was to so many people.
I feel honored to to have had Bob in my life and would not miss the celebration of his life except Saturday is our family Christmas with our children from out of town.
My heart and thoughts will be with you all tomorrow at 1:00pm
December 16, 2011
I have been thinking so much about Bob, and about his joy. He was always happy, and could see the bright side of everything. My grandmother, Betty Briner, was a bit on the cynical side, but Bob gave so much life and joy to her. "Grandpa Bob" as my cousins and I came to call him, was a big part of our lives in the latter part of our grandma's life. We looked so forward to seeing him every time we visited Traverse. He will be missed. We all loved him dearly.
Betsy Briner Anderkin
December 15, 2011
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jack & Kim Grushko
December 14, 2011
December 13, 2011
Tom, Kip and Family,
Hoping your memories bring you peace in this sad time.
Bob and Barb Hart
December 13, 2011
We have always had the upmost respect and admiration for your Dad. He was a dear friend to us for over 50 years and we looked forward to our annual Xmas card echange to keep in touch. He was such a credit to you all and the Osteopathic profession and a very caring physician. He delivered our six children and we have many happy memories of dinners and swimming in the pool on Rivrside Drive. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to you all. Dr. John and Genevieve Finley
December 11, 2011
A true gem, your father. We have been blessed by his presence in our neighborhood, his friendship, his lovely smile and laugh, his wave as he passes by our home. A lovely man, he will be truly missed! Mike and Linda Barry
December 10, 2011
Doug, Tom, Jan, and Cindy,
We have been thinking about your dad and reminiscing about what a truly special person he was…. a gentleman, kind, thoughtful, and fantastic neighbor. We admired his zest for life, the fact that he skied well into his 80s and stayed active until the end. Last winter Peter and Andrew often snowblowed his driveway but there were a few times he did ours before we got to it. He was wonderful to our sons, always interested in what they were doing and treating them with respect, never talking down to them. And, I loved his distinguished good looks and ready smile.
Even though he lived a long, good life, it is still very hard to lose your dad. We hope the many good memories of him bring you peace and comfort.
Liz, Peter, Nick and Andrew
December 10, 2011
It is hard to lose a parent. Especially when you have lived so far away as FL and CO and as our sister, Cindy, in CA/AZ
I am so thankful that my child got to see you in your last days. And for all our many phone conversations I will miss hearing "BE HAPPY". Missing you so much DAD. Pam, oldest of 5.