Julia Jean Shull, 95 years old, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at her home in Etters. She was born July 14, 1925 in Newport to Charles and Irene (Smith) Trout. Perry County Trouts were known for their large families and the Charles Trout family was no exception. Julia was the first-born of nine children. Growing up, Julia cared for her younger brothers and sisters and was affectionately known as the “little mama”. She cared for her father during a long illness up to his death; and over the years hosted countless family members in their times of need. Julia never had an empty house.
Julia lived a full and meaningful life. She married her first and only love, Walt Shull, at the age of twenty. According to family legend, with her never-ending family responsibilities Julia seldom had a moment of peace and quiet; and wrote love letters to Walt from the quiet woods outside of Newport . . . the only place she could get away from the “herd”. During WWII, Julia worked at the PA Farm Show building as a “Rosie the Riveter” reconditioning airplane engines. She was a life-long homemaker and great cook and baker. Family remember eating lots of rabbit, squirrel, venison, fish and pheasant prepared in her kitchen. Julia was also talented at repurposing old clothing into creative and beautiful rag rugs and quilts. After her husband retired, she took on odd jobs like babysitting and helping out at a local greenhouse. Julia was an active member for fifty plus years at Paddletown St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Etters. Her commitment, love, and service to church and family was life-long and well-known. She will be greatly missed.
Julia was the widow of Walton E. Shull and is survived by her daughter, Susan J. Pyles (John) of Etters; sons John K. Shull (Yu-Sha) of Mechanicsburg and Randolph L. Shull (Hettie) of Craley; brothers Frank Trout of Newport, Larry Trout of Farmington, OH and Stewart Trout of Mechanicsburg; sister Lois Quickel of York; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by son Robert Shull her youngest child; brothers Jay Trout, Lloyd Trout and David Trout; and sister Sylvia Fahnestock.
Services will be held Wednesday, June 9, from the David Myers Funeral Home, Newport with a viewing from 1 PM until the funeral at 2 PM. Reverend Joyce Treas will officiate the celebration of Julia’s life. Burial will follow in the Red Hill Cemetery, Newport. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Paddletown St Paul's UMC, 355 Church Rd, Etters, PA 17319.