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Obituary of John E. Bull

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John E. Bull, 81, of Homer, passed away following a brief illness on December 10, 2023 in the Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.


A lifelong area resident, John was born September 2, 1942, a son of the late Edward F. and Dorothy Mae Ford Bull.

John enlisted in the US Army in 1960 and was honorably discharged in 1962.

He retired after 25 years of service from Monarch Machine and Tool as a field service representative. He had also previously worked at Wilson’s Sporting Goods for more than 20 years.

John appreciated a really good card game and enjoyed admiring nice cars.

He was loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Betty Jane VanVleck Bull; four children, Shelley (Mikel) Bennett of Trumansburg; Melissa (Rocco) Natale of Homer; Amy Fletcher (Garrett Weaver) of Johnson City and Tim Bull of Homer; nine grandchildren, Mikel Bennett, Christina Mahoney, Dominick and Allyson Natale, Josh, Noah, John and Nathan Fletcher and Jonah Bull; his great granddaughter, Lilianna; two sisters, Helen (Michael) Bullock; Nancy (Richard) Simister; a brother, David (Amy) Bull and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn Bull.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2023 at the Donald L. Barber Funeral Home, 5016 US Route 11, Homer, NY 13077, with Pastor Matthew Smith officiating. Interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Homer will be at the convenience of the family.

The family will be present to receive friends and relatives at the funeral home on Monday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Mr. Bull’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org).

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