Howard Daniel “Dan” Shull

2013-02-23 (2)

Howard Daniel “Dan” Shull, 86, affectionately known as “Bob” by his family, of Mattoon passed away at 4:19 p.m. on Friday February 22, 2013 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Care Center.  Schilling Funeral Home has been entrusted by his family with the funeral arrangements.  Dan was very courageous in his battle, having been in three hospitals since December 15th of last year.

Funeral services honoring his life will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at Schilling Funeral Home, 1301 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL with Jim Dona officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Burial with military honors will follow in the Montrose Cemetery.

Dan was born on October 25th, 1926 in Montrose, IL a son of Tracy and Elsie (Myers) Shull.  He married Joyce Ashley in Mattoon on July 20, 1948.  His loving wife of 64 years survives.

Other survivors include his son, Daniel Joe and wife Tammy Shull, of Mt. Pleasant, IA; his daughter, Sheri Richardson Paul of Charleston; One grandson Dr. Chris Richardson and special friend Dr. Carolyn Peruta of Okemos, MI; granddaughter Andrea Shull of Mt. Pleasant, IA; sister Alice Cooper and husband Lowell of Philo, IL

and several nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Elza, Clifford, and Joe, and sisters Zella Mae Gaston, Mable Higgenbotham, Lucy Gaston, and Cleo Young.

Dan was a member of the former Mattoon Christian Church also serving as a deacon in the Marshall Avenue Christian Church.  He was also a veteran of WWII, serving his country in The United States Army.  Dan attended Montrose schools and earned many varsity letters with the basketball team.  Mr. Shull graduated from Central Illinois Barber College.  He barbered for 20 years and served as president for the Barbers Union followed by 20 years of employment at Firestone in Decatur, IL.  Dan retired in 1988.

Dan was an avid Chicago Cubs, Fighting Illini, and Chicago Bears fan.  He also enjoyed reading, fishing, playing cards, attending ball games, whittling, watching birds, and walking.  People would often see him walking at the mall.

Memorial donations in his honor are suggested to the American Heart Association.


12 Entries in the Guestbook of Howard Daniel “Dan” Shull

  1. Sheri Paul says:

    I will always miss and always love you dad. But I know you are strong and with Joe again. I willl miss our games, fish fry and most of all just being friends and someone who always had my back. Hold a alce for me I will see you again, buddy.

  2. Joyce Shull says:

    Dan, you gave it a good fight for two months and so many peple stated that you are an amazing man and strong. I hope you knew how much I agree with them. Our family will be whole again one day. How thankful I am that Sheri and I were with you and that you were able to see our grandson get his Phd.
    Love you, "Joycie"

  3. Chris Richardson says:

    I miss you dearly Bob. I miss whittling outside in the Cubbie hole, beating Nan and Mom in spades, talking sports, and most of all just spending time with my partner. Without question, you are the best man I have ever known in my life. You laid the foundation for me being the man I am today and I will always remember the time we shared together.

  4. Daniel J. Shull says:


    You have much to be proud of as a husband, dad, and grandfather. Your quiet dignity and honesty are traits that wil be forever remembered by those who knew you. I am proud of you and am grateful to have you as my Dad. Your son, Dan

  5. Jance Young Wynn says:

    Uncle Dan, I will treasure the memories of you teasing Anita and I at all the family gatherings. I will miss you.

  6. Ed & Pauline Wright says:

    Joyce ,Dan ,Sheri & Family , Sending love & prayers to you in the loss of Dan .Another link has been added in heaven .God be with you , Ed & Pauline

  7. Mary Irwin says:

    Sheri, I am so very sorry to hear about your Dad. I am happy that you and your Mom were with him. It was a great comfort to be with my Mom when she passed away. I am sure that your family will carry his legacy proud.

  8. Anita & Jerry Brooks says:

    Uncle Dan, you were my favorite uncle. Altho we did not get to spend much time together, you held a special place in my heart. I remember the day that you walked me down the aisle to marry that special man in my life, it meant the world to me that you agreed to do that for me.
    I am proud to be your niece~~Love you, Anita

  9. Robert Selleck says:

    My condolences, Dan. Take comfort in knowing that although he has passed on, he never leaves you. Celebrate the memories.

  10. Phil Braasch says:

    Danny, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. It seems like the good times we had growing up and playing in the neighborhood were just yesterday. My family's sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

    Phil Braasch

  11. Edward Ward says:

    Dan and family: I said a prayer for your father today, and included you as well. Along with the sadness of your loss, remember the laughter and the fun times with your Dad.

  12. Kelley Domzalski says:

    Sheri and Family: I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending you love and sympathy during this hard time.

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