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.