Rev. Virgil Wesley Nulton, age 90, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Appleton Medical Center.
He was born 90 years ago on October 22, 1922, the first baby born in Lakeside Hospital in Rice Lake, WI. His parents were C. Paul Nulton of Coloma and Ethel Bemis Nulton of Waupaca. He grew up in Cameron, Shell Lake, Boyceville, Colby, and Elmwood WI and attended John Fletcher College in Ottumwa IA, University of Wisconsin Madison, and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore KY. He married Dorothy Watson in Minneapolis in June, 1947. His home church is the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. Within it, he was ordained in 1946 and served as pastor of local churches in Ridgeway, Whitehall and Independence, Neillsville, Granton, Christie and Pleasant Ridge, Rice Lake and Weyerhauser, Sparta and Big Creek, Superintendent of Southwest District, West Bend and Ripon. Since retirement he has lived in Waupaca, Ripon and Oshkosh. He especially enjoyed the quiet times with nature at the family cottage his grandmother purchased on Stratton Lake near Rural. Virgil served as Conference Secretary for many years. He also served on Boards of Directors at Lakeside Methodist Hospital in Rice Lake, Methodist Hospital in Madison, Schmidt Home in Richland Center, Morrow Home in Sparta, and most recently at Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh. He was an active volunteer after retirement in prison ministry at Oxford, WI. and substitute pastor at the Hope United Church of Christ in Fremont. He has recently served on the Rural Cemetery Assn. and Stratton Lake Property Owners Assn.
Virgil Nulton is survived by a son, Rev. Paul (Shelley) Nulton of Appleton; daughter Kathy (Lee) Ware of Powhatan VA; grandchildren Karen Chandler, Robert Ware, Thomas (Lesley) Ware, Jeb (Rachel) Ware, Abby (Andrew) Schmidt, Sam (Jillian) Nulton and 5 great-grandchildren. He is survived as well by a sister, Eunice Lawrence and brother-in-law, Ed Schroeder. He is pre-deceased by his wife Dorothy Watson Nulton, son Randall S. Nulton, sisters, Frances Hoftiezer and Mary Schroeder and brothers-in-law, Henry Hoftiezer and Donald Lawrence.
The celebration of his life will be held at First United Methodist Church in Waupaca on Saturday, December 22, 2012. It will include visitation starting at 9 a.m. with the funeral service at 11 a.m. and lunch to follow. Interment will be in Rural Cemetery, Rural, WI. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Wisconsin Conference Ministerial Pension Fund and Rural Cemetery Association. Virgil’s caring nature has led many to grow in faith and love for the Lord Jesus Christ.