Obituary: James Shull, 80, of Hart. 

June 4, 2021

Jim Shull

Obituary: James Shull, 80, of Hart. 

James Clare Shull, 80, of Hart, Michigan, passed away Monday, May 31, 2021. He was born April 6, 1941, in Hart, the third child of Carlton and Lucille (Cargill) Shull.

Jim graduated in 1960 from Hart High School and a week later took over the farm in Elbridge Township, from a brother partnership of his father Carlton and Uncle Clare. Jim attended Michigan State University in the winters of 1960 and 1961, taking courses in agriculture.

Jim’s farming operation has included raising fruits, vegetables, grains, and beef cattle. In his off time he enjoyed hunting and fishing on the 600-acre farm that has been in the Shull family for over 100 years.

In the early 1900s the Shull farmhouse served as a hardware/grocery store for the white and Indian families. His grandfather Henry hired the neighborhood Indians to cut firewood to sell to the Hart, Shelby, and Walkerville areas for this was the main source of heat at the time. They always left the larger trees for their sugar bush operation, which produced 500 gallons of syrup. Grandfather Henry and Grandmother Maude raised 12 children in the house, which leaves a lot of memories to the land and the house.

Jim had been past chairman of the Oceana Electric Co-op and when the co-op merged, he was the director of the Great Lakes Energy Board. He had also been active on past township boards as trustee and supervisor, and on the Asparagus MACMA and Asparagus Advisory Board. Jim and his wife, Evalyn, attended First Baptist Church of Hart.

Jim is survived by his wife, Evalyn Shull; daughter, Kristy (Tom) Harrington of Erie, Colorado; son, Jason (Maria) Shull of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandkids, Jackson Harrington, Maximus Shull, Maria Bella Shull, and Madonna Shull; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Betty Gorenflo; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Peters.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Gary Shull and Monte Shull.

Jim’s family wishes to acknowledge Pastor Ryan, EMS, and the community for their unwavering love, support, grace, and prayers during this tremendously difficult time. Special thanks to Lee Harvey and Diana Routley.

Memorial services and interment in Elbridge Township Cemetery will be conducted privately.

Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

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