Edward J. Hulstien, 78 of Jefferson, died on Friday, May 1, 2020 at his home.
Ed was born on August 18, 1941 in Rock Valley, IA, one of 7 sons born to Gerrit and Hilda (Kuipers) Hulstein. Ed’s last name was misspelled on his birth certificate and the error was never corrected – a contributing factor to Ed’s uniqueness. He attended West Sioux High School in Hawarden, IA and on September 18, 1965 he married Beverly Skibbe at the Friedens United Church of Christ in Fort Atkinson. The couple had 2 sons and enjoyed 36 years of marriage until Beverly’s death in 2001. Ed was a proud card-carrying union member and was employed at Friskies of Jefferson for 35 years, retiring in 2001. He was also a long-time volunteer at the Jefferson County Home (now Alden Estates). His interests included a talent for cards, especially euchre. He was an avid reader and loved watching gameshows on TV. His political persuasion was to the left, one of few in the Hulstein family, and he defended position. Ed was a genuine person, who had rooted convictions, was terrific with children, and he cared deeply about his family. Ed will be missed.
He is survived by: his son Barry Hulstien of Whitewater; sisters-in-law Elaine Hulstein, Betty Hulstein, Becky Hulstein, Phyllis Hulstein all of Fort Atkinson, and Sandra (Phil) Wall of Lake Mills; 7 nieces and nephews Toni (Ron) Rice, Jeremy Hulstein, Chris Hulstein, Aaron Hulstein, Michelle Hulstein, Greg (Pauline) Hulstein, and Kathy (Mike) Wiechmann; and 4 great-nieces and nephews Melissa, Zack, Nevaeh, and Ben. Ed is also survived by a number of other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by: his parents, wife (2001), son Brian (2019), brothers Corky, Gerrit, Marvin, Bill, Richard, Larry, and nephew Scott Hulstein.
Memorials in Ed's name to Tomorrow's Hope of Jefferson would be greatly appreciated.
A private family funeral will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at the Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home of Jefferson with Rev. Delisa Buckingham-Taylor presiding. Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:00AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Ed will be buried at Union Cemetery of Jefferson following the service.
The funeral service will be viewable via Facebook Live-Stream at the Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home Facebook page. Please call the funeral home with any questions at 920-674-4300.
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