William P. Bullen
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After a long and fulfilled life, William P. Jim Bullen, age 94, of The Villages, FL, formerly of Wilmington, DE, peacefully passed away on Monday, March 14, 2011.
Jim was born on March 31, 1916, in Wilmington to the late Emma L. (Simmons) Bullen and William P. Bullen, Sr. Following in his fathers footsteps, he, at the young age of 17, began working soon after his fathers death for the Liard, Bissell & Mead brokerage firm and, along with his mother, supported his three younger siblings. He married Alvina E. Sonchen in 1941.
Jim served in the U.S. Marines Corps during WWII, originally as a drill instructor at Parris Island, before later shipping out to the Pacific Theater for the balance of the war. After being honorably discharged from the Marines, Jim returned to work at the brokerage firm (which later became Dean Witter) until his retirement. He also continued in the service of his country as a member of the Army Reserves for 26 years, achieving the rank of master sergeant.
Jim was an avid golfer and spent his favorite pastime at Brantwood, Cavaliers, and then Pike Creek golf courses. He and his wife bowled together on a Friday night mixed league for many years at Prices Corner Bowling Center. He also bowled on a mens league.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, J. Ralph Bullen, and two sisters Ann Wilcox and Ruth Proctor. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 70 years, Alvina; two sons, James W. Bullen and his wife, Jane, of The Villages, FL, and Bruce A. Bullen and his wife, Cindy, of Middletown, DE; grandchildren, Jim Bullen of Newark, DE, Melanie Detwiller of Keiser, OR, Amy Bullen of Bethesda, MD, Michael Bullen of Downingtown, PA, and Jason Bullen of Shreveport, LA; and six great grandchildren, Amanda and Christopher Bullen, Robert and Adam Detwiller, Emma Bullen OHearn, and Isabella Grace Bullen.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 19th, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where visitation will begin at 10 am. Interment will follow in the Gracelawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
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