Richard F. Kull
June 18, 1926 – August 22, 2021
Richard Francis Kull, age 95, a lifelong resident of Frenchtown Township, passed away peacefully and went home to be with his Lord and Shepherd on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at his home under hospice care.
Born June 18, 1926 in Monroe. Richard was one of four children of the late Richard and Margaret (Thoma) Kull. As a child, he attended Stony Creek one room school, which in later years he purchased. Richard was a 1944 graduate of Monroe High School. He proudly attended his 75th Class Reunion in 2019.
Richard married: Susan Jane Steinman on August 11, 1951 at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Maybee. They raised a family of two daughters and had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Richard proudly owned and worked on his Centennial farm. He made his living as a farmer, beginning as a young boy upon the passing of his father. He began his farming career using a team of horses and later became an owner of only “Green” John Deere machinery. He loved animals and tended to horses, cows, pigs, chickens and guineas. However, his favorite animals were the many sheep he shepherded over his lifetime.
For forty winters, Richard worked for the Oerther Brothers at Maybee Gas and Oil Company of Monroe as a fuel oil truck driver. He always enjoyed talking with his many customers during his deliveries.
A simple man, Richard had a strong work ethic, often working from sun up to sun down. He valued honesty, hard work, those who were true to their word, and a good meal!
Richard was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Monroe and a former member of the St. Mary Ushers Club. He was also a lifetime member of the Monroe County Fair, where he enjoyed the tractor pull events and an elephant ear! Having the ultimate sweet tooth, he also loved donuts, lemon meringue pie and candy, fudge and anything with marshmallow being his favorites. In his later years, he did word search puzzles and Soduku to keep his mind sharp. And it was, right to the very end! He loved watching the Detroit Tigers, Wheel of Fortune, and Family Feud.
In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by his siblings: Rita Mentel, Donna Geiman, and Phillip Kull.
To cherish his memory, Richard is survived by his wife: Susan Kull; two daughters: Kathleen (Michael) DeSloover and Nancy (Steve) Hoffman of Monroe; five grandchildren: David (Jessica) DeSloover of Newport, Daniel DeSloover of Washington, DC, Emily (Steve) Thomas of Taylor, Jessica (Woody Hoffer) Hoffman of Temperance, and Elizabeth Hoffman of Newport, KY; four great grandchildren: Nathaniel Hoffman, Aunica Hoffer, Julian DeSloover, and Isaac Thomas. He is also survived by a sister in law: Patricia Kull as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all the wonderful caregivers who stepped in to make Richard comfortable in his own home until his passing. We will be forever grateful for their attentive, loving care.
Everyone is invited to a visitation on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Rupp Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. A recitation of the rosary will be said on Thursday at 4:00 pm. The funeral mass will take place on Friday, August 27, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Richard will lie instate at 10 am with the funeral Mass at 11 am. Officiating is Fr. David Burgard. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Because of Covid-19, the family has asked that anyone attending any services for Richard wear a mask and practice social distancing. Those unable to attend may watch the service live at the Rupp Funeral Home Facebook page.
In honor of Richard, memorial donations may be made to one of the following: St. John's Food Pantry, St. Mary-St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, or the First Presbyterian Church Children's Bed Ministry, all of Monroe.
Online condolences or words of comfort may be sent to www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com