I was born in Vivian South Dakota on July 3, 1920. I was the oldest of eight children. My father was John Hullinger and my mother was Pearl Harlan Hullinger.
I worked on the family farm near Vivian, South Dakota. I started driving the school bus at eight years of age. It was first a horse drawn cart and later a Model T. During the great depression South Dakota was also hit by severe drought and grasshoppers.
I went to South Dakota State University and majored in chemistry. I also joined the National Guard. We were mobilized in 1940. I served in North Africa and Italy. My experiences in the war are written in the blog at:
After the War I returned to South Dakota State and completed my B.A. and M.A. Degrees in Chemistry. I met and married Louise Liffengren. Our first child Craig was born while we were in College.
We then moved to Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, where I pursued a PhD in Chemistry. Our second child Neil was born there.
I then took a job in the Research Department of Amaizo Corporation in Whiting, Indiana. We worked on corn starch research. I was promoted to Director of Research and then Plant Manager. I earned several patents.
We lived in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood in Chicago. We joined the Mt. Greenwood Lutheran Church, and have been members ever since then. I also helped found the Beacon School.
Our third child Anne, and our forth child Scott were born in Chicago.
I retired in 1982. Since then Louise and I have stayed active in numerous volunteer activities. We have traveled to numerous locations, including Africa, Europe, and South America. We also took consulting assignments in India, Korea, and Argentina.
The videos below by Louise and I provide some information about our lives.
Video about World War II