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James Ray Hulen

October 1, 1945November 6, 2020

James R. Hulen, died unexpectedly November 6, 2020. He was born October 1, 1945 to Fleecie Mae Godwin and James Otis Hulen in Sikeston, MO. Known as “Buddy” to his family and friends, he graduated from Sikeston Senior High, Class of 1963. Following graduation he attended School of the Ozarks and graduated from Southwest MO. University, Springfield, MO. in 1967. Following graduation he served with the U.S. Army in the theatre in the Republic of Vietnam. He was awarded: the Bronze Star Medal, the Star Medal Second Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Medal Third Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal. In 1973 he married Sandra Willis Hulen who survives. They celebrated 47 years of marriage and have two sons, Sean Michael Hulen and James “Chris” Hulen. He is survived by three grandchildren, Jackson Fitzgerald Hulen, Madison Paige Hulen and James Chandler Andrew Hulen; three sisters, Jane McCain, Bobbie Spurlin and Tennie Jo Glick and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by three brothers, Robert Hosey, Wallace Hosey, Vernon Hosey, and Mary Opal Hosey; he was also preceded by Robbie Lou Hulen, Doris Lee Hulen and Elizabeth “Lib” Hulen Gates. A time of visitation will be held Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel from 12:00 p.m. until time of committal service at 2:00 p.m. at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, MO. with military honors. Those who wish to remember Buddy in a special way may make gifts to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123-1718. Online condolences may be sent to: www.nunneleefuneralchapel.com

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Matt Ginther

November 15, 2020

Very sorry for your loss. My memories go back a ways. Mr. Hulen was always good about taking me and Chris out to the complex to hit. He would pitch to us while the other would shag in the outfield. I remember him working with me and I hit the ball over the fence for the first time. I also remember his coming outside and yelling for Chris at dinner time. Been along time since I have been home. He was a good man and I spent a good amount of time playing at his house as a kid. Prayers for Chris, Sean, Sandy and family.

Rita and Barry Chessor

November 12, 2020

Sandy we had such fun playing games and hanging out with you guys. But one memory stands out to me. The Vietnam wall was here and we visited it with you and Buddy. It was such a moving experience and Buddy helped us recognize several people.

I wish we could see you and catch up with your life. We both were tested today for possible Covid. So we have to quarantine. Just know that you are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers. Love you Barry and Rita

Melanie Clark Stinson

November 12, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers.

Janean Frazier

November 11, 2020

Jim was a coworker of mine, but he was my friend. He was an amazing man. I really enjoyed taking to him. He was a lot of to argue with. A great veteran, thanks for your service! Jim will be missed!

Ron Lanning

November 11, 2020

Jim has been my friend for the past 20 years. We worked together in the insurance industry for two different companies. He helped me find a job when I needed it most. We played a lot of golf together and, while he won every time, he never gloated about it. Over the years, even when we were in different cities, he would call and talk about business or just catch up on our lives. He was a great friend and I’ll miss him very much.

Gene Hosey

November 10, 2020

Me and Buddy grew up together more like brothers than him being my uncle and only 2 years older than me. We stayed all night at each others houses literally hundreds of times growing up. He taught me how to swim in the old Sikeston swimming pool and I attended most all of his baseball games from little league all the way through Babe Ruth league. He was a great friend and wonderful man who was a patriot and a Viet Nam Vet. One of my heroes too. Love Buddy and will miss him more than I can say.

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