Reginald L. Bullis

Sep 23, 2018
Bullis, Reginald


10:30 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2018 at the American Lutheran Church, 801 Monroe Street, La Porte City, Iowa


Public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street in La Porte City and after 9:30 a.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church.


West View Cemetery in La Porte City


May be directed to the family.


Reginald L. Bullis, 90, of Waterloo, IA, formerly of La Porte City, died on September 23, after a brief illness.

Reg was born 30 July 1928 in Nashua, IA, son of Monroe and Clara (Keith) Bullis. He graduated from St. Ansgar High School in 1947. Reg and Ermajean (Libersky) were married on 20 June 1948 in St. Ansgar, IA at the Lutheran Church.

Reg worked full time at Oliver Tractor in Charles City as a radial drill press operator after graduating from high school. Shortly thereafter, he began pursuing his teaching degree full time at Iowa State Teacher College (UNI), graduating in 1952. He immediately began his teaching career at Williamsburg High School, teaching and also coaching football. In 1956, Reg moved his family to La Porte City, accepting a teaching position at La Porte City in the industrial arts department in disciplines of: woodworking, building trades, metal machining, casting, sheetmetal, auto mechanics, electricity and electronics. In 1966, Reg earned a Master Degree in Industrial Technology at the State College of Iowa (UNI).

Reg taught thousands of students over a career that spanned nearly 40 years. Many of the students have gone on to have successful careers in their chosen fields of industrial technology

Reg was a respected, lifelong educator both in and out of the classroom. Always willing to share his knowledge and experiences, Reg worked as a plumber and A/C technician during the summer months while teaching, owned a television sales and service business, and also served on the La Porte City Utilities Board for several years.

After retirement, Reg continued to stay active and up-to-date with technology. He assisted in installing hardware for distance learning activities at Hawkeye Community College and surrounding locations. Reg was the La Porte City building and electrical inspector for many years, as well as an active volunteer at the La Porte City FFA museum.

Reg was truly a family man and educator. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren – building projects, designing and building life-sized Christmas decorations, building and flying RC airplanes, home building, and home repairs. Reg and Ermajean built and/or refinished hundreds of pieces of furniture over the years. While always busy, Reg found time to pick up a fishing rod, play cards, enjoyed many years of HAM radio operation. Reg and Ermajean travelled to many destinations, visiting all but one of the states in the US.

Survivors: His wife; daughter Cheryl (Brad) Bechthold. Sons: David (Celeste Johnson) Bullis; Craig (Susan) Bullis. Grandchildren: Douglas (Nicky) Bechthold; Kelsey Bechthold (Ray) Werner; Megan Bullis (Marc) Hardy; and Michael Bullis. Great-grandchildren: Zoey Bechthold, Luke Bechthold, Oscar Werner, and “Baby Werner”, due in December. Brother: Vallejo Bullis.

Preceded in death by: His parents; sister, Maybeth and brother, Thurlow.

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  1. Steven Blocker Class of 1981. | Oct 13, 2018
    Please accept my condolences to the Bullis family. I had him as a teacher. When I was in High School.
  2. Ann Glime Class of 1970 | Sep 28, 2018
    Mr. Bullis was one of my drivers' ed teachers. He was a great teacher, bringing expertise and some humor into class. He was a great example for the high school students...on how to live life...Keeping his family in my prayers.
  3. Tim (Class of '75) and Jill Marshall | Sep 27, 2018
    Reggie was a great teacher and good friend. I loved his laugh and his enthusiasm to make things better. He was a great partner to have on the first team to look into building a new pool in La Porte City. Cheryl, Brad, Kelsey, and Doug, I am sorry for the loss. He will be missed by all of us.
  4. Harold scott class of 81 | Sep 26, 2018
    reg  bullis was a great teacher  he wanted you to learn what ever class you were in of his  he would make time to help you if you did not  he was a great man and had a lot of knowledge on what he was teaching not just from a book but hands on  he was a great person  to just talk to  he will be missed by many 
  5. Janet Fawkes | Sep 26, 2018

    Mr. Bullis was a also taught driver’s ed during the summer.  He complimented my driving inclass one day and the next day I had an accident.  He never mentioned it.


    Janet Melcher Fawkes, class of 1972

  6. Belinda Voelschow, class of 78 | Sep 25, 2018
    Mr Bullis was one of those teachers who really believed in what he was doing.  He taught  anyone who wanted to learn and boy did I want to learn.  He taught me how to change a tire, change the oil and adjust the carburetor in my car...skills I used in high school and throughout my college years.  He was a good man and loved his family.  Cheryl, Brad and family, I am sorry for your loss.  
  7. Jeff Tecklenburg | Sep 25, 2018

    Mr. Bullis was a fine teacher and brought expertise and fun to the classroom. I was a student only two years at LPC but I had much respect fir him. Rest in peace!

    Jeff Tecklenburg, class of 1970

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