Ray E. Shull, 87, Carthage, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage.
Ray E. Shull was born March 5, 1925 in Duenweg, Missouri, the son of Raymond Estel Shull and Elsie Fern (Patrick) Shull. He attended public schools in Duenweg, Joplin, Carthage and was a 1943 graduate of Carthage High School.
He also graduated from Missouri Southern State College, Joplin. Ray was a Master Sargeant in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the European and African campaigns.
He married Dorothy Ada Frost on Feb. 11, 1950 in Joplin; she survives.
Ray and Dorothy were involved in farming from 1950 to the present. He was named the Missouri Farmer of the Year in 1970 by the University of Missouri. He was a member of the Carthage Rotary Club for 43 years, serving as the President in 1973 and the Club’s Sky-Pilot for many years.
He and his wife were actively involved in the AFS exchange student program for 38 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Carthage for over 65 years.
Additional survivors include two daughters; Mary Ada Bell and her husband Curtis, Carthage; Cathy Stark and her husband Charlie, Carthage; two sons, Ray Lee Shull, Austin, TX; and John Warren Shull and his wife Sharon, College Station TX; and eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Karen Nell Lundgren and her husband Mark.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church, Carthage.
Rev. James Lee will officiate.
Private family inurnment will be in Fasken Cemetery, Carthage. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Carthage Rotary Scholarship Fund in care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, MO, 64836 in his name.
Online condolences may be expressed through www.knellmortuary.com.