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December 29, 2012

John Daniel Hull III (May 17, 1928 – December 27, 2012)

Rest in peace, Big John. We miss you, Dad.


Mom, Dan, David and Becky

John Daniel Hull III (May 17, 1928 – December 27, 2012)

John D. Hull, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Marco Island, Florida, a longtime executive of the Procter & Gamble Distributing Company, died on December 27, 2012 in Marco Island, Florida. He was 84. The cause of death was sudden cardiac arrest.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Arlene “Penny” Hull, and their children, J. Daniel Hull of San Diego, David A. Hull (Maureen) of Cincinnati and Rebecca Gorman (David) of Atlanta, daughter-in-law Pamela Larsen (Dan), and seven grandchildren: David Hull, Jr., Kelley Hull, Katie Hull, David Gorman, Jr. (Erin), Chris Gorman, Carrie Gorman, and James Gorman. He is also survived by a sister, Nancy Hull McCracken, of Robinson, Illinois.

John was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1928. His parents were J. Dan Hull, an educator, and Alene Oliver, a home economics teacher. John graduated from Indianapolis’s Shortridge High School in 1945. He attended Wabash College, and DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, graduating in 1949. In both high school and college, he excelled in varsity football and basketball. At DePauw, he met Penny Reemer, his future wife. John and Penny were married in 1950.

After graduating from DePauw, John began a 41-year career with Procter & Gamble in sales. When P&G purchased the Charmin Paper Company in 1959, John played a key role leading the integration of Charmin into P&G. He stayed in the Paper Division for the balance of his career in several executive roles. He trained, coached and mentored many P&G people throughout his career. He was known for his unpretentious management style, and willingness to share his knowledge and experience with others. John Hull had an impact on countless P&G people over the years.

During the Korean War, and between 1952 and 1954, he served in the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged.

John and Penny raised their family in Aberdeen, Maryland, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Cincinnati. All his life, John was a sportsman who loved lakes and the sea. He was a dedicated fisherman and was especially enthusiastic about fishing trips to Central America, Alaska and lakes and streams in the U.S. where smallmouth bass ran. He enjoyed golf, and was an avid tennis player. John and Penny were members of Cincinnati’s Kenwood Country Club.

John Hull was known to everyone he met as a larger-than-life personality, curious about the world he lived in, and an engaging storyteller.

A short memorial service celebrating John’s life will be conducted by family and close friends at Marco Island on New Year’s Eve. In the Spring of 2013, on a date to be announced by the family, there will be second memorial service in Cincinnati, and John’s ashes will be interred at Old Armstrong Chapel Cemetery in Indian Hill, Ohio.

--Dan Hull, David Hull, Maureen McHale-Hull and Nancy Hull McCracken



John and Penny Hull, July 1, 1950

Posted by JD Hull at December 29, 2012 09:07 PM


JD: So Sorry to hear about the death of your father. I know that the holidays make it more difficult. We wish you and your family grace and peace. LDS

Posted by: L. D. Simmons at December 30, 2012 08:59 AM

Thanks, L.D. This was quite a shock for us.
Unexpected. Really appreciate your words. Good to hear from you, sir.

Posted by: Dan Hull at December 30, 2012 02:49 PM

So sorry to hear. I lost both my grandfathers this year, it's been a tough road. But good friends and family will carry you through.

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Keith Lee at December 30, 2012 03:23 PM

So sorry to hear this. Worse still if it was unexpected. I'm sure you were a source of pride to him & he was a grand age.

Posted by: Geeklawyer at December 30, 2012 03:26 PM

Thanks, David and Keith. You are both really good guys. Appreciated.

Posted by: Dan Hull at December 30, 2012 05:11 PM

I send my condolences to you and your family. Prayers for all.
Denise Williams

Posted by: Denise Williams at December 30, 2012 07:25 PM

Sending thoughts and love....

Posted by: ellizabeth gorman at December 30, 2012 10:04 PM

Thanks Denise and Elizabeth. Great to hear from Indian Hill people. And wonderful to have so many Gormans with with us tonight at such short notice.

Posted by: Dan Hull at December 30, 2012 10:57 PM

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