John W. Shuler

John W. Shuler
Suffolk - John W. Shuler, 92, died peacefully on January 15, 2013.
He was born August 3, 1920 in Spartanburg, S.C. to the late Ethel Toole and Edward Hampton Shuler. A 1941 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, he was inducted into the Key Club Honorary Society and was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He excelled at tennis and basketball and was nicknamed "Long John" for his skill on the basketball court.
A decorated veteran of WWII, he served in Africa and saw combat in Italy with the 3rd Battalion, 338th Inf., 85th (Custer) Division. He was awarded a Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantryman's Badge. After the war, he remained with the 2086th Norfolk USAR School where he taught Infantry Tactics for 10 years and retired with the rank of Lt. Col. Upon his return from Italy, John moved to Portsmouth with his bride, Anne Knight of Whaleyville, Va. His degree in chemistry led him to a career in the wood preserving business where he rose through the ranks to Vice President and General Manager and was recognized as a Life Member of the American Wood Preservers Association.
He was deeply committed to Cradock Baptist Church, which he joined in 1952. He served in many capacities over the years and was honored as a Deacon Emeritus in 2002. He was active in the Portsmouth Rotary, was a past president, and named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the Portsmouth School Board from 1962 to 1968 and a second time from 1980 to 1986. Elected to the Old Dominion University Research Foundation Board of Trustees in 1981, he served as Vice President from 1987 to 1993 and as President from 1993 to 1996. In later life he directed his enthusiasm for sports toward golf and was pleased to share the story of his hole-in-one with anyone who would listen.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Anne Knight Shuler and one sister, Annie Louise Shuler.
He is survived by his four children, Ellen Shuler, Betty Grimm (Les), Jan Blumenthal (Shelley), John Wade Shuler Jr. (Pem), five grandchildren, David Grimm, Bryan Grimm (Meghan), Tara Hardy (Paul), Rachel Budde (Danny), John Wade Shuler III, and six great-grandchildren, Flannery Grimm, Beckett Grimm, Moira Grimm, Nolan Budde, Leilah Budde, and Zoe Hardy.
A memorial service in his honor will be held on Friday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at Cradock Baptist Church. A reception will follow in the church social hall. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials made to Cradock Baptist Church, 96 Afton Parkway, Portsmouth, VA 23702 or to a . R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Suffolk, VA is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at


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Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 16, 2013