The memorial service for Kyle Theodore Hulm, age 33, of Bison, SD, was held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Bentley Memorial Building in Bison, SD. Pastor Tera Kossow officiated with burial at the Gallaway Cemetery at Meadow, South Dakota.
Kyle Theodore Hulm, 33, was born July 6, 1985 in Hettinger, North Dakota to Roy T. and Elizabeth (Beth) Hulm. He lived nearly all of his short life in Bison, South Dakota except for brief stints when he lived and worked in Colorado and Wyoming as well as Spearfish, Brookings and Rapid City, South Dakota.
Kyle was a confirmed member of American Lutheran Church in Bison. He attended school in Bison from kindergarten through his sophomore year and earned his GED in April of 2005 through the State of South Dakota‘s Department of Labor.
His classmates referred to him as “the class clown.” His co-workers through the years also enjoyed his antics and sense of humor. Kyle was always his own person, never caring too much what others might think of him. Kyle was just Kyle!
He was a short-order cook for many years, earning a reputation for his mouth-watering steaks. Most recently, he worked for Bison-based BL Contracting. He was on the job in North Dakota when his roommate found him non-responsive in a Dickinson motel room on Tuesday night, August 14, 2018. Efforts to revive him by co-workers and Dickinson EMS were unsuccessful.
Throughout his life, Kyle’s passion was music. He loved listening to it, playing it and even writing it. He was a talented musician who followed in his father’s footsteps, teaching himself to play the drums. He was totally stumped, however, when it came to learning how to play his dad’s accordion! He was self-taught on the guitar. Playing it eased his soul.
By the time he reached Jr. High, Kyle was diagnosed with chronic depression and, later, with anxiety disorder. For 20 years, he relied on medication and, sometimes, therapy to keep his demons at bay. He wore lots of hoodies and bandanas, clothing to “hide” behind and he was most comfortable being in his own room, which was his “safe” place. Those who knew and loved him can find solace in the fact that he no longer has to face those demons. They hope and pray that he can find a peaceful and happier afterlife than the one he was forced to live on this earth.
He will be forever missed by his mother Beth and his nine siblings: Terry (Mardi) Hulm, New Underwood, SD; Becky (Craig) Mack, Moline, IL; Keith Hulm, Meadow SD; Jason (Wendi) Beld, Timnath, CO; Kendra (Pete) Theobald, Papillion, NE; Ryan (Raven) Beld, West Linn, OR; Amber (David) Jensen, Whispering Pines, NC; Jared (Jennifer) Beld, Aurora, CO; and his baby brother Kirk Hulm, Box Elder, SD. Other survivors include 25 nieces and nephews: Erik (Melinda), Jesse, Jenna, Madison, Marranda and Marleigh Hulm; Macee (Geoff) Wilber, Graham Mack, Jillian (Kevin) Ray, Taylor, Tanner, Sydne, Kaeleigh, Symone, Hayden, Abigail and Sophia Beld; Tyler and Austin Deibert, Jaleigh and Colten Jensen, Taten Lyngstad and Brendan, Joey and Ethan Theobald plus seven great-nephews and nieces and the following aunts and uncles: Veronica Barone, Betty Hulm, Donna (Punky) Hulm, Brad (Deanna Kvamme) Leitch, Candace Leitch, Barry (Carmen) Leitch and Brady (Peggy) Leitch, plus many, many cousins and good friends.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Roy Hulm, on February 20, 2017 and his grandparents, Joseph and Anna Hulm and Eugene and Minerva “Mike” Leitch, in addition to the following aunts and uncles - Joe and Vivian Hulm, Angeline Hinson, George and Fern Hulm, Alice and Joe Wokal, Pius Hulm, Betty and Lyle Hulm, Leo Hulm, Francis Hulm and Ben Leitch.
Rest in Peace, Sweet Boy! You leave a hole in our hearts!