John Edwin Schull, 63, of Custer, S.D., and formerly of Mankato, S.D., died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City, S.D.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9, at Mankato Mortuary. Visitation was from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Decoria Cemetery in rural Mankato. Memorials may be given to Hospice of the Hills in Rapid City.
John Edwin Schull was born Aug. 1, 1948, to Edwin and Romaine (Olson) Schull in Mankato. He graduated from Mankato High School in 1966. After graduation, he briefly attended Mankato State College and Mankato Vo-Tech. He went to work for Sears and Roebuck in 1969. John married Mary Tierney in Good Thunder, S.D., on Sept. 20, 1969. They had one son and two daughters. They lived throughout the Mid-west and the south as John pursued a career with Sears and Roebuck. His final promotion and transfer was to Chicago as a Region Operations Manager. He retired on Feb. 27, 2009, with 40 years of service from Sears Holdings.
In March of 2009, they moved to the Black Hills Region of South Dakota and built their retirement home in Custer, S.D. John loved to ride his motorcycle, go camping, traveling, spending time with his girls, and just doing things around the house.
John will be greatly missed by his wife, his daughters and friends for his kind heart, his humor, his generosity and his love of life.
John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary of Custer, S.D; two daughters, Beth (Chad) Woods of Des Moines, Iowa and Emily (Alek) Nelsen of Waterman, Ill.; his mother, Romaine Schull of Mankato; and numerous other family members and special friends.
John was preceded in death by his son, David John; his father, Edwin John; his sister, Annette.