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March 4, 2014

Bernard Jay Lull

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---- — Bernard Jay Lull

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. — Bernard Jay Lull, 85, of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Laurens, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at his residence in Florida. 

He was born Nov. 9, 1928, in White Sulfur Springs, son of the late Jay M. and Madolin (Everett) Lull.

Bernie graduated with the Laurens Central School Class of 1946. He then graduated from Ithaca College with a physical education degree. 

On June 10, 1951, Bernie married Frances D. Stepp in Laurens. Frances predeceased him on April 22, 1986.

In 1956, Bernie and Flip moved to Troy where he taught physical education at Haskill Elementary and coached track at Lansingburg High School. 

In 1959, he moved his family to a farm in Mount Vision. 

While farming full-time, he began teaching elementary physical education for the Oneonta City School District. In his later years, he taught driver education at Oneonta High School. 

A baseball coach at the high school and for the Laurens  Pony League, Bernie was also a soccer and basketball referee. 

In 1983, Bernie took an early retirement to fulfill his and Flip’s dream of owning a retirement home in Florida. 

He had a love and passion for farming and teaching. He loved it when he would run into one of his old students. 

One of his greatest joys was spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

In 1991, he married Phyllis Baker, who survives him in Oneonta.

Bernie was a member of the Susquehanna Board of Officials, Laurens Presbyterian Church and Laurens Masonic Lodge.

Bernie is survived by four children, Gail Roberts of Laurens, Denise Lull of Burlington Flats, Jan and Mark Yurechko of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Scott and Debbie Lull of Unity, Wis.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margueretha Lull of Laurens; brother-in-law, Jack Reed of West Oneonta; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased by one brother, Gerald Lull; two sisters, Francelia and James F. Stepp and Lorraine Reed; and one niece, Diane Kohinke.

Calling hours will be 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 7, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8, also at the funeral home, with CLP Judith Gage officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Elm Row Cemetery, Laurens.

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Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.