Burell William Shull (88) of Hidalgo

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Published on June 18 2012 10:12 am

Burell William Shull, 88 of Hidalgo, IL passed from his earthly life at 1:30 am on June 16, 2012 at Aspen Creek in Effingham, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, June 20 at the Church of Christ in Hidalgo with Bro. Mack Fox officiating. Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup is in charge of arrangements, and visitation will be there from 4:00 – 8:00 Tuesday evening, as well as one hour before the funeral at the church house. Burial with Military Rites will be in the Aten Cemetery near Hidalgo.

Burell was born April 2, 1924 in the rural home of his parents near Montrose. He was the son of Ira Clifton and Mina Frances Gray Shull. Due to his parents’ separation when he was 12 years old, he went to live near Hidalgo with his Aunt Cora and Uncle Everett Walden and their son Delbert. He attended schools in Montrose, Calhoun and Hidalgo and then graduated from Newton Community High School in 1942. Burell was a WWII veteran after serving his country from January 17, 1944 to May 1, 1946 seeing active duty for 16 months in France, Germany and Austria with the 65th Infantry Division as a mortar gunner. He was a member of the Hazel Dell American Legion. Following his Army services, he attended the University of Illinois where he earned a degree in Vocational Agriculture. Through the G.I. bill, he taught farming program at Newton’s high school to other veterans for three years and in the meanwhile got started farming for himself. Farming became his lifelong occupation and he dearly loved his work. He fully enjoyed caring for healthy livestock and seeing the weed-free fields of growing crops. Over the years he proudly watched his family grow to 53 members at the time of his death.
Having been helped through college by the Veteran’s G.I. Bill program, he always felt that he owed something back to the community. When asked to so, he was a 4-H leader, served on the Hidalgo school board, Jasper County unit school board, Farm Bureau board of directors, Rich-Law Service Company board and township trustee. Most importantly, Burell was a faithful servant in the Church of Christ at Hidalgo, serving as treasurer deacon and then elder; teaching classes all the while. Burell was a young 15 year old boy when he was baptized into Christ and became a member of his spiritual family, the Church.  It was on January 17, 1949 at the Church of Christ in Hidalgo that he met Mary Adelee Pitcher who later became his wife on March 28, 1951 at the same place they met. They lived on a rented farm about 2 ½ miles northeast of Hidalgo for five years before purchasing and moving to their present home 1 mile west of Hidalgo.  Burell and Mary were blessed with five children.  Unfortunately, their middle child Nancy Lynn McDaniel succumbed to leukemia in 2002 at the age of 46 years.

Burell is survived by Mary, his wife of 61 years, two sons, Bradley James(Susan Marrs) and Andy Leroy(Jeanne Woods) of Hidalgo; two daughters, Beverly Jo (Craig) Livermore of St. Charles, Rosemary Kay(Steve) Stone of Glenarm, and son-in-law Mark McDaniel of Albion, all of Illinois. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, namely Robert (Erin), Benjamin (Kristen, and Cole Livermore; Brady (Alissa), Brandon (Lindsay) and Brock Shull; Lucas (Monica) McDaniel, Meredith (Justin) Miller, Levi (Samantha) McDaniel and Mariah McDaniel; Tyler (Kashytn) Shull, Caleb (Emily) Shull, Jahida, Dulce, Abby and Tanner Shull; Zechariah, Thomas and Sadie Stone. Nate Stone died at birth. Nine young great-grandchildren survive. They are Robert, Cooper, Elizabeth and Charlotte Livermore; Alivia, Faith, and Amy Shull, Madison Miller and Lincoln McDaniel.  Also surviving are two sisters, Edna Whitehurst of Wheeler, IL and Martha Cranford of Springfield, VA. A sister, Eva James, and a half sister, Mary Groe also preceded him in death.

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s research. On line Condolences can be expressed at www.barkleyfuneralchapels.com