A Day to Remember Reverend Irvin Hultin

Today we remembered the life of my father, Irvin Hultin. I knew this day was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Dad’s funeral was very touching. Dad’s legacy as a faithful minister of God’s message was highlighted, and memories were shared, including dating and wedding stories, and the story of the girl in one of Dad’s congregations who had to shake Dad’s hand every Sunday. She missed one Sunday and her parents had to take their crying girl back to church to “Shake hands with God.”

There are many memories from this day, I’ll keep them in my heart forever.

Alzheimer’s robbed the last years of Dad’s life even before he died. However, Dad is now praising God with a perfectly clear mind and repaired body. He is now in the direct presence of the Lord Jesus Christ he has so beautifully served in both his personal and professional life.

I love you, and I’ll miss you.

Rev. Irvin Hultin's Final Resting Place

Reverend Irvin Hultin, 91, Minot, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, in a Minot nursing home.

Irvin Linton Hultin was born into life on June 30, 1919, to John and Anna (Dahl) Hultin in their country home, near Nash, ND.  He joined six older brothers and one older sister.  Their family grew to include ten children, with the births of another brother and sister.

At the age of thirteen, Irvin’s mother died suddenly.  Doris, his older sister, returned home from college to look after the younger children.  The family moved from the farm into Hoople, ND, where he was raised and blessed with receiving a formal education from Hartford Township School and later graduating from Hoople High School in 1938.

Irvin continued studies at the Vennard College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree.  As a college student, a number of Irvin’s summers were spent assisting his family with the daily operation of the farm.  He also worked for two summers at Bethany Orphanage in Bethany, KY.  Irvin continued his education journey studying at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana until earning his Ph.D. at the University of North Dakota.

Reverend Hultin’s ministry journey in the United Methodist Faith began while he was attending the University of North Dakota.  He was a pastor to many congregations over the next thirty-five years.  These churches stretched across North Dakota to include, Hanna-Wales from 53-56, rural Mandan-Fort Rice from 56-62, Turtle Lake-McClusky from 62-65, Sterling-Braddock-Moffit-Driscoll from 65-68, Hazen-Beulah-Zap from 68-70, Tuttle-Robinson from 70-74, Rock Lake-Clyde-Egeland from 74-80 and Marion-Dickey from 80-86.

Reverend Hultin was united in marriage to Frieda Bauer on August 3, 1964, in Turtle Lake, ND.  They were blessed with the birth of a son, David.  They made their home amongst the parishioners and towns he served during his career until his semi-retirement in 1986, when they settled in Minot, ND.

Reverend Hultin ministered to people through Vincent United Methodist as a visitation pastor for the next eight years.  His passion and dedication to ministry was recognized in June of 2003 at the ND Annual Conference in Fargo, ND.  He was recognized as one of the Jubilee Clergy for 50 years of service in ministry.

Irvin’s life enjoyments grew to include, gardening, traveling, reading, visitation, playing home games, working complicated puzzles, and walking.  He enjoyed children and youth, which was cultivated with service as a camp counselor and craft director at Wesley Acres near Valley City, ND.

Irvin was an ambitious, kind, thoughtful and supportive help mate, father and friend.  He lived his Christian life as an example to all who knew him, upholding goodness, carrying out kind deeds, and putting the welfare of others first and foremost.  He just plain enjoyed people.  His nieces and nephews remember him fondly for his fun loving spirit and surprising antics.  He will be deeply missed by all who were touched and shared in his life.

His loving family includes, loving wife of 45 years, Frieda, Minot; son, David (Judy) Hultin, Fargo, ND; Grandchildren, Emily, Tessa, and Andrew Hultin, all of Fargo, ND; sister, Ann Hultin, Grand Forks, ND, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Irvin was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Doris Owens, and brothers, Helmer, Leonard, Arvid, Alvin, Merton, and Russell Hultin.

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