Gary Shull

Gary Evans Shull, 83, of Des Moines, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Visitation was held on  Wednesday, November 20 from 4-6 p.m. at Iles-Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines.

He and his twin sister Carolyn were born July 16, 1936 in Mapleton, Iowa.  They were raised on a farm near Hornick, Iowa with their parents, Belle and Harley Shull, their brother Hollis, and their sister Ruth.

He attended Iowa State College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1959. He spent two years in the Army Security Agency in Germany.

In 1960, he married Judy Prichard, and they had three children — Kerry, Kelly and Kyle. After his military service, he graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, while living in Oto, Iowa. Gary worked as a corn breeder for Cargill Seed Company for many years in Grinnell, Iowa and Seward, Nebraska.

When the Seward station closed, he went to McCurdy Seeds in Ottumwa, Iowa and then as research director with Select Seed Company in Camden, Indiana.  He came back to his beloved Iowa with MBS Seeds and started his own genetic seed testing business — Germplasm Evaluation Services.

When he retired from that, he joined Pioneer Hi-Bred and enjoyed working in the greenhouses until he and his second wife, Marjorie Rudert, retired together in July 2012.

Gary and Marjorie were married in Weekapaug, Rhode Island in 1988 and enjoyed living in Lafayette, Indiana and then on their farmlet in Boone County, Iowa before moving to Urbandale, Iowa when he began his battle with leukemia.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed flying small planes, trout fishing in Montana, canoeing, camping, January winter nurseries on Molokai, Hawaii, and sharing time with family and friends. He was dearly loved for his kind heart and great storytelling.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his sister, Carolyn (Tony) McEvoy; his first wife, Judy Prichard Shull Hiebenthal; his daughter, Kelly (Gerald Bosak); his son, Kyle (Jodi); and his granddaughters, Cora Shull and Jordan Shull; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kerry; his half-sister, Goldie; his sister, Ruth; and his brother, Hollis.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be used for a tree or bench at Iowa Arboretum near Madrid, Iowa.

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