Beryl K. “PETE” Pullen, 86, of Deforest, peacefully passed away April 29, 2019, at home after a battle with cancer.
He was born April 26, 1933, at home in Lodi, to Earl and Marjorie (Smith) Pullen.
At the age of 17, He started his Military Career. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School. He was in the regular army for three years and then proudly served in the Army National Guard for the next 30 years. He was proud of his involvement and of our ancestor’s history of serving our country.
He worked for many companies including, Wolf Kubly, Gisholt, and retired from Oscar Mayer. He loved Branson, Missouri, where he and mom spent six months of the year when they were able to travel. He loved Country music and enjoyed meeting friends and performers at the shows. He loved to travel the world, especially to mom’s family in Germany. Garage sales and thrift stores were a favorite past time. He was an avid reader, collector of everything, life-long Green Bay Packer Backer, lover of music and knowledgeable about all things. He loved to share the history of the United States and our ancestors.
He was a member of American Legion Post 481, where he served as a Past Commander, as well as other positions, the 40 & 8 Voyageur 683, Parkside Presbyterian and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 623. He was the Past Commander for the Dane County Council of the American Legion. He was proud to belong to the Red Arrow.
While stationed in Germany, He met and married Kathe’ Brandenstein. He brought his most treasured souvenir home to Sauk Prairie, to live and love before moving to Deforest.
He is survived by his loving daughter, Christina Schaefer and her children Sara (William) and Keith; sons, Mark (Helen) and their children, Jordan (Chelsea), Marcus, Jack, Sierra (Ryan) and Kayla, Eric and his children, Crystal (Daniel) and Nikki, and Karl’s (Romni) children, Heidi, Levi, and Allison, Richard (Sammi) and Dani Jo Skaife. He was especially close to his great-granddaughter, Alayna and her grandmother Lisa Pullen; sisters, Bethel Longo and Patricia Boettcher, and their children and grandchildren; “adopted children” and extended families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Kathe; son, Karl; brothers-in-law, Leon and Joseph; as well as many friends; relatives; and extended family. He leaves behind our broken hearts, we were so lucky to have him in our lives.
Dad was able to strike a conversation with anyone about anything. Our thanks to the nurses and aides at SMM Health and his doctors, especially his favorite and loving nurse Jamie.
A funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest, with Ret. Rev. Calvin P. Harfst officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service a on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the funeral Home.
For online condolences, visit ryanfuneralservice.com.