Bruce Edward Hulet

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Bruce Edward Hulet

November 18, 1943 - April 04, 2018

Bruce Edward Hulet, 74, of Traverse City, passed suddenly April 4, 2018 at his home. Bruce was born Nov. 18, 1943 in Traverse City to Edward and Ernestine (Acker) Hulet.
Bruce graduated from Traverse City High School and enjoyed the visual arts, with a hand for drawing.
Bruce worked within the family business at Shadowland Bar & Grill until it was sold in 1981. He moved on to drive for TCAPS for special needs children until he retired in 2010. During this time, Bruce also trained and excelled in taxidermy, using his artistic eye and great attention to detail. He has many pieces hanging throughout the area, including at Brady's Bar.
Bruce loved the out-of-doors, sharing this passion with the love his life, Renee. A second passion was riding his Harley, which included motorcycle trips with his wife to the top of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, Sturgis, South Dakota, and annual adventures into the Upper Peninsula. They were always in company of numerous biking friends, so much so that when married they took 13 friends with them on their honeymoon to "Paradise," Michigan.
Bruce had an infectious laugh, warm smile and quick-wit. He had an uncanny sense of humor that was enjoyed by those who knew him. Known as a gentle giant, Bruce was regarded by his friends as a local legend.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 39 years, Renee (Garzaniti) Hulet; a son, Jason (Nicole) Hulet; two granddaughters, Ashley and Emily; sisters, Marilyn, Janet and Kathleen; many nieces and nephews; and also great friends, whom he considered family. Let's not forget his claimed "look-a-like" American bulldog "Sarge."
He was preceded in death by this parents, Edward Gaylord Hulet and Ernestine Elvina (Acker) Hulet; and sister, Linda Louise (Beyne) Hulet.
A celebration of life date will be announced this summer.
Please share your thoughts and memories with Bruce's family by way of his online guestbook at
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on April 15, 2018
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