Dr. Estel Hulse

Dr. Estel Hulse, 85, of Vermillion, S.D., passed away Friday, April 19, at the Sanford Vermillion care center.

Dr. Estel Allen Hulse was born in Westhope on Jan. 25, 1928. He was the youngest of five sons and one daughter born to James and Effie Hulse. Estel graduated from Westhope High School in 1946 and went on to study at Minot Business College.

While attending College in Minot, he met and married Theresa Hastings. Estel and Theresa attended Chiropractic College in Wichita and eventually graduated from the Palmer Institute of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in 1955.

Estel and Theresa moved back to North Dakota and started their first Chiropractic Clinic in Bowbells. In 1960 they moved to Minot and by 1973 they had built their fourth clinic in west Minot. Estel and Theresa served a variety of positions with the North Dakota Chiropractic Association and Estel had served as the association’s president.

Estel was a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, the Lions, Elks, Eagles, Moose, and Minot’s pistol, rifle and tennis clubs. He represented North Dakota twice in Camp Perry, Ohio, at the national pistol and rifle competitions. Estel was an avid hunter and enjoyed golfing and playing tennis. He started flying as a teenager and was a private pilot throughout his adult life. He built his own plane and was a member of the Minot flying club.

Dr. Hulse’s chiropractic style was a blend of exercise, nutrition and chiropractic adjustment that he referred to as a holistic/natural method of healing. He devoted 40 years to his holistic health theories on natural foods, reducing sugar in the diet and increasing physical activity. He loved to help people heal themselves and he loved to make them laugh.

Estel moved to Vermillion, S.D., due to the Minot flood of 2011. Estel was unable to return to Minot due to his failing health and the onset of dementia. Dr. Hulse lived with his son, Barry, and family in Vermillion from July 4, 2011, to Nov. 15, 2012. Estel died on April 19, 2013, at the age of 84 while living at the Sanford Nursing home in Vermillion.

There is a memorial Tribute to Estel Hulse on Facebook.

A private family ceremony will be held April 27, 2013, at the home of Barry and Betty Hulse.

Dr. Estel Allen Hulse was preceded in death by his parents, James and Effie Hulse, of Westhope; his son, Estel Allen Hulse Jr.; Estel’s wife, Theresa Hastings-Hulse, of Maxbass.

Survivors include: a daughter, Dawn (Kevin) Settel, of South Lake, Texas, two sons, Todd Hulse, of Minot, and Barry (Betty) Hulse, of Vermillion; four grandchildren, Jessica and Danny Geer, of Arlington, Texas, Barrett Hulse, of Minot, and David and Jackie Hulse, of Vermillion. Dr. Hulse is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

Hansen Funeral Home, Vermillion (hansenfuneralhome.com).