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Longtime Le Mars attorney, W. Burton Dull, dies at 96

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

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W. Burton Dull, 96, of Le Mars, died Monday, May 21, 2007, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.

William Burton Dull was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Meriden, Iowa, the oldest son of Emery and Rose Collister Dull. He attended high school in Cherokee, where he was a state wrestling champ in 1928. He attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa, where he lettered in wrestling and was a Big 10 champ, graduating from the University of Iowa in 1932. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law in 1935.

Burton and Agnes Elizabeth Hogan were united in marriage on Aug. 21, 1934, in Iowa City. He and Agnes moved to Le Mars in 1936, where he started a private law practice, continuing that practice for over 50 years. He served as the city attorney for Le Mars and was a member of the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corp during World War II. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Le Mars Elks Lodge, a Past Commander and original Trustee of the American Legion Wasmer Post 241, a charter member and original Commander of the World War II Last Man's Club, and a Fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

He was a captain of the original fund drive to establish Floyd Valley Hospital and a main participant in the purchase of the original Plymouth County fairgrounds in Le Mars.

He was most proud, however, of being one of the principals in the establishment of Gehlen Catholic Schools, the author of the original articles of incorporation, and a member of the original school board. In 1963 he was selected as the University of Iowa's Dad of the Year.

After retiring he and Agnes lived in Tuscon, Ariz., returning to Le Mars in 1995.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Agnes; two daughters, A. Jean Louvar and her husband Dick of Hinckley, Minn.,and Sarah Mohr and her husband Roger of Rapids City, Ill.; one son, Robert Dull and his wife Margaret of Le Mars; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Ivan Dull, and his wife, Lois (Weber) Dull, of Lees Summit, Mo., and a sister-in-law, Bonnie Dull of Le Mars.

He was preceded in death by his son, J. Michael Dull and his wife Kay, and brothers Glenn, Paul, and Max Dull.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Kevin Richter will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Military honors will be provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m. with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and will continue until Mass. Pallbearers will be Burton's grandsons.

Memorials may be directed to Gehlen Catholic Schools Endowment Fund.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.