Obituary: GULL, ORYAN

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23 2014 5:25 a.m. MDT

O'Ryan Gull 1918 ~ 2010

The patriarch of our family, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, O'Ryan Gull passed away December 18, 2010 of natural causes. He was surrounded by his loving family.O'Ryan was born July 8, 1918 in Meadow, UT to Charles R. Gull and Martha Martin Gull. He was the second youngest of 10 children. When dad was about one year old, his family moved to Willard, UT where they purchased a large farm. He was taught, at an early age, the meaning of hard work and he carried that valuable lesson all throughout his life. It was on this very farm that dad was baptized in an irrigation pond. His love of the Gospel led him to a mission call for the LDS Church at age 19. He served in the California Mission which, at that time, included Arizona and Nevada. Our father was a man of honor, who loved his country dearly. Because of this love, he felt a great desire to join the military. He was trained as a B-29 bomber pilot with the United States Air Force. Dad felt it an honor to be among those who fought to help keep our freedoms alive during World War II. He remained active in the military until April, 1972 when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Following his military active duty assignment, he met the love of his life, Helen Riley. They were married June 25, 1947 in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple and remained best friends for almost 60 years until her passing in 2007. He adored his eternal companion and was truly saddened with her passing. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a master's degree, dad began a career as a psychiatric social worker for the Veterans Administration, serving the veterans in northern California. He continued his work with the VA for almost 28 years. O'Ryan took great pride in all he did, whether it was planting rows of corn or helping someone in need. He served in bishoprics, High Councils, and as a Bishop. While serving as a Bishop, the ward family was not only spiritually fed by him, but physically as well. He spent hours in his garden, then shared his crops with the neighbors. We can still see him going up and down the street with his wagon in tow handing out his delicious produce. Often after meeting with Bishop Gull, each family was given a bag of his home grown mandarin oranges as they left his office. He wasn't a wealthy man, but he was rich in love and service. O'Ryan was a devoted husband and father. He believed in eternal families and taught by example his love of God. Many a "hot meal" was eaten cold because of the lengthy prayers offered by our dad at dinner time. He prayed with power, he taught with conviction and he loved selflessly. Dad was preceded in death by his dear wife Helen Riley Gull and his sisters Leda, Mable and Elrita and brothers Dell, Roy, Merle and Bernard. He is survived by his sister Elaine, brother Theron and his loving children, Doug, Cheryl, Chuck and Janet. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 11a.m. in the LDS chapel located at 950 E. 850 N., American Fork, UT. Prior to the service, a viewing will be held at 10 a.m. at the same location. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 72 and the US Air Force Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com