George Wayne Bulen of Cedar Rapids passed peace-fully into Jesus' arms on Oct. 27, 2018, at the age of 85. He was a loving, caring, funny and family-oriented man. Most of all, he put his love, faith and trust in God. As George would say, "I can do anything with God's strength."
George was born Nov. 14, 1932, to Ida Pauline and George C. Bulen in Galva, Ill. He was the oldest of four children with two sisters, Phyllis (Bob) Ford and Bonnie (Bill) Dalton; and one brother, Bob (Jane) Bulen, who he cherished and had a loving relationship with for all his life.
George attended high school in East Moline, Ill., at United Township High School and graduated in 1951. He was a football star and played tackle and defense. After graduating, he went to college in Augustana, Ill., for football but volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy as an air traffic controller in the aviation division at Corpus Christi, Texas, where he proudly served four years for God and Country.
After returning home from the Navy, George met his soulmate and the love of his life, Joyce (Steffenson) Bulen. They joyfully married on April 8, 1955, in Silvis, Ill. Together they were the proud parents of three children, Cindy Hamilton, Cathy Bailey and Wayne (Terri) Bulen. During that time, he worked for 7-Up and Sanitary Farm Dairy in Illinois. In 1973, George moved his family to Cedar Rapids, where George then became a territory manager for delivery as well as the productions floor manager at Swiss Valley Farms, where he loved working for 36 years. George also enjoyed driving the trucks and delivering milk to schools and grocery stores around the distribution area. He retired from Swiss Valley in 1995.
George was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Family was everything to George. He made sure that everyone was loved and taken care of. He taught them that family is the most important thing after God. He was an active member at Calvary Baptist Church for several years and enjoyed drawing, gardening and woodworking. George was a pitcher in baseball for several years through church and other leagues. He also enjoyed bowling leagues, coffee with friends and watching his two favorite teams, the Chicago Bears and Cubs. Most of all, he loved watching his grandchildren participate in many sports, fairs, groups and other activities. He was a blessed man through love, which gave him a smile that would light up the room. He will also be remembered for his stubbornness, his jokes and laughter he brought to others.
George was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ida Bulen; in-laws, Steven and Kathryn Steffenson; daughter, Cindy Hamilton; brother, Bob Bulen; brother-in law, Roger Steffenson; two grandsons, Chad Parks and Steven Blanchett; and two nephews, Jim Dalton and Randy Steffenson.
George is survived by his loving wife as well as many family and friends. He will forever be loved and greatly missed.
He was a gift from God to everyone who knew him. If George could tell you one thing at this moment, it would be, "Live and Love every day as your last. God has given us a beautiful gift and it is our family and Jesus' Love."
He was a devoted child of Christ, and George lived by his favorite verse, John 3:16. We know that he is no longer in pain or suffering and in his eternal home. It is not "Goodbye," it is "See you soon."
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Calvary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids. Funeral to immediately follow the visitation. George will be laid to rest at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.
Condolences may be left online at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family.