OBITUARY

Daniel Joseph Bullington Sr.

January 16, 1931April 18, 2019
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Daniel Joseph Bullington, Sr. age 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in New Albany, IN. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, coach, teacher, principal and friend. Dan was born in Jeffersonville, IN, on January 16, 1931, to the late Edward A. and Mary A. Bullington. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John E. Bullington and sisters Clara Louise Bullington, Catherine Williams and Jean Freiberger. He was a 1949 graduate of the old St. Anthony’s High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After graduation, he played one season in the Georgia/Florida Single A baseball league as a pitcher for the Carrollton (GA) Hornets. Bubby, as he was known by his family, joined the United States Air Force in December of 1950 and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in January, 1955. Thanks to the GI Bill, Dan enrolled at Indiana University. Upon returning to New Albany, Dan met, courted and married Patricia Ann Miller in 1957 who would be his loving wife and mother of his three sons for the next 62 years. Dan pursued a couple different career paths in the late 1950’s, but what ultimately became his life’s passion was the day he substitute taught at St. Anthony’s Elementary School in Clarksville, IN. From that day forward, he became an educator. Dan taught junior high and coached at St. Anthony from 1960 to 1966. His first position as an administrator and principal was the 1967-68 school year in Columbus, IN, where he commuted daily in a well-worn Volkswagen. In the fall of 1968, Dan became the principal of George Rogers Clark Elementary School in Clarksville, IN, where he would remain until his retirement in 1995. Besides his wife Dan is survived by his sons Richard F. Targonski of Belleville, IL; Dan J. Bullington, Jr. (Nikki) of Jeffersonville, IN; and Jon A. Bullington of Clarksville, IN; grandchildren Kara (James) and Alicia Targonski; Jack and Sam Bullington; Liam Bullington and three great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 East Spring Street in New Albany, IN. His funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Albany with burial to follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Jeffersonville.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Theresa Hurt Jackson

April 25, 2019

Mr. Bullington was the kindest and most caring teacher that I was blessed to have. He was the only teacher in my 12 years of school that continued to talk to me in my later years. When he died, we lost a special man and heaven gained a very special angel. My sympathy to Jon and your family.

Keith Bube

April 23, 2019

Dan and John,
Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Keith and Tammy Bube

Nick Borders

April 23, 2019

Mr. Bullington was one of a kind. He was my principal and friend at GRC 1st grade through 5th grade. He always took time to talk to me and give sound reasoning to change my behavior when I was in trouble. Also he was the first person to pat me on the back and tell me I was doing something good. He would give a reason as for things instead of getting angry and say because I said so. He took me to the farm where he had horses that raced. I will always cherish the lessons he thought me . He is a huge reason I grew up and stayed out of trouble. There are several teachers that have guided me in youth. There are very few administrators that took time to know the students names, gifts, problems, and character . Dan Bullington did all of that and more. One of the greatest men I have ever known.

I want offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be remember very fondly by a large number of students who's lives he touched.

Jim Miller

April 23, 2019


I wish I were able to attend the service of Mr Bullington so I could pay my respects in person and to support one of my best and life long friends Jon. I have known Mr Bullington since I was 18 making that 37 years that I had the honor and privledge to know him. i remember serving as a member of his election committee when he ran for town office and Jon and I drove all over Clarksville for days posting signs and helping out. My most fond memory of Mr Bullington was when he was still a school Principle and he invited me visit his school when I got home from Desert Storm and he asked me to wear my Army uniform so I did and I was greeted by his students warmly and to an applause and having served 23 years it is among one of my most cherished memories of my service and I thank Mr Bullington for that.Over the years when ever I was home on leave I made it a point to drop in and visit both Mr & Mrs Bullington and say hello. I was honored to know him, may he rest in Peace and my thoughts and prayers are with the Bullington family and my friend and brother Jon.

Jim Miller, Jacksonville, North Carolina

Leon Stocksdale

April 21, 2019

So saddened by the loss of this wonderful man. His wisdom and loving heart will be remembered by those that were blessed to know him!
May God keep His loving arms around the Bullington family.

Jill and Wayne Stock

April 21, 2019

So sorry for your loss.

Pat Sappenfield

April 20, 2019

Dearest Pat & Family: Thinking of all of you, Pat, at this time and praying for our Lord to comfort and keep you under His wings and close to His heart.
Loving Shalom,
Pat Sappenfield ❤️

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