OBITUARY

David Allan Stull

October 21, 1937June 17, 2018
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David Allan Stull, 80, of Hurricane, passed away on June 17, 2018, following a long and courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He was born in Richwood on October 21, 1937 to the late Curtis and Olive Stull. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leanna Stull and a sister, Barbara Kautz. Dave was a Nitro High School graduate, a Marshall University football player where he played linebacker/ guard, and he coached the Navy Pensacola Goshawks. In his early naval career, he served as officer in charge of the Navy survival school for aviators and served 3 tours in the Vietnam Conflict as a helicopter/ gun ship pilot. Dave was also Executive Officer for several large naval bases including Misawa Airbase in Japan, HSL 35 in San Diego, and North Island. He retired after 24 years achieving the rank of Commander. Dave enjoyed telling family and friends about his adventures. He was a Navy man through and through. Dave attended Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC. He was a devoted reader of the Holy Bible, a dedicated prayer warrior, and loved Jesus. He is survived by his wife, Terri; son, David Jr. (Christine) of Polk City, FL; daughter, Kelli Totten (Jerry) of Ashland, KY; grandchildren, Amanda, Michael, Samantha, Ronnie, Hannah, Nathan, Ben, Sammy, Caleb, Isabella and Matthew; sister, Phyllis McClanahan of Cross Lanes; nephews, Larry McClanahan, Rodney McClanahan, W.A. Kautz, Brian Kautz; and a niece, Pam Kautz. Service will be Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 11:00am at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, 5233 Rocky Fork Road, Cross Lanes, WV 25313 with Senior Pastor Ellis Conley officiating. Entombment will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Special thanks to the staff at Cabell Healthcare Center for the special care and compassion shown to Dave. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Forrest Burdette Memorial UMC building fund at 2848 Putnam Ave., Hurricane, WV 25526. Condolences may be sent by visiting www.tylermountainfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 20, 2018
REMEMBERING

David Allan Stull

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Dennis O'Connell

September 26, 2018

Rest in peace, Sir. It was an honor and a pleasure to have served under you.

Vern Von Sydow

June 27, 2018

Dave was a great Naval officer, pilot, football player and person! We got to know him in all those positions. He was positive, fun and dedicated to his job. He always brought a smile to our faces - even in difficult times. We are glad that he was a part of our lives- he will be missed. Our prayers and condolences to all in your family.
Vern & Gail Von Sydow

Tammy Jarrell

June 21, 2018

Enjoyed Our Chats in The 90's During Our "Crossover Visits" To Carol Woods Way 😎 Thank You For Caring About Your Fellow Man And Country Enough To Serve 🤝 God Bless Your Family As They Journey Through Their Lives Here Without You 🙏 Rest In Peace Now 😇

Amanda Griffith

June 21, 2018

I love you grandpa,
Love,
Amanda

R. A. ROBINSON

June 20, 2018

With Deepest Sympathy.
CSD R. A. ROBINSON
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Biography

      David Allan Stull was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. David always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, David was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      David was born on October 21, 1937 at home in Lafrank, WV. His parents were Curtis and Olive Stull. David was raised in Richwood WV, Plymouth NC, and Cross Lanes, WV. Always able to express himself well, David possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, David was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, David was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. David was raised with two siblings. He had two sisters Phyllis and Barbara. David had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, David showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. David enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in football and he was a scout.  

 Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, David was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Nitro High School in 1955. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to David. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He playes football - All Conference.

      Friends and acquaintances found David an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. David was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. Later in life, he became friends with Les Little.

      On November 11, 2005 David exchanged wedding vows with Terri Lea Paul Morton at the on the grounds of the Homestead Hotel of Warm Springs, VA. David was attentive to Terri's feelings, and he charmed Terri and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, David was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, David identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. David was blessed with two children, a son David, Jr. and a daughter Kelli. They were also blessed with eleven, Amanda, Michael, Samantha, Ronnie, Hannah, Nathan, Ben, Sammy, Caleb, Isabella, and Matthew.

      David was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, David’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, David was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. David could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was a pilot. He was employed for the U.S. Navy for twenty four years.

      David was in the Navy. David was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in Vietnam, San Diego CA, Misawa, Japan, and North Island. David saw action for three tours of duty in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Commander. He received several awards including numerous medals. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Because he liked to take risks, David was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. In high school, David played football. In his college years, David continued to stay active by playing football. Recreational sports included walking. David was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was football.

      David held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a baptist.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that David truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included trips to Pocahontas County, WV.

      When David’s retirement finally came in 1988, he was well prepared. He used logical analysis of his retirement options in order to ensure his retirement would be fulfilling. Still, he was able to easily adapt to possible changes and enjoyed just having fun and being relaxed. His new life involved relocating to Cross Lanes, WV to be closer to family. In retirement, he found new pleasure in walking six miles a day, and visiting his home in Pocahontas County, WV.

      David passed away on June 17, 2018 at Cabell Health Care Center, in Culloden, WV. David fought a long battle with IPF. He is survived by his wife Terri, his son David Jr., his daughter Kelli, his grandchildren, and his sister Phyllis. Services were held at Tyler Mountain Funeral Home. David was laid to rest in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens.

      David was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If David had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember David Allan Stull.