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Donald “Boots” Cully

d. September 2, 2016

Donald L. “Boots” Cully, age 86, of Athens, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

Boots is survived his wife, Judy, a son, James (Kadnaha) Cully; a daughter, Susan Shaw; grandchildren, Ian Shaw, Veronica and Christina Cully; former son-in-law, Vince Shaw; and one nephew and three nieces.

He was born November 13, 1929 in Jacksonville, IL, the son of James O. and Mary Ellen Cully.

Boots is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Helen Pendergraft; brothers, Jim, Jack, Bud, and Bob Cully.

Boots married Judy Somers on August 13, 1960 in Jacksonville.

He retired from Otis Elevator Company with over 25 years of service.

Boots attended Routt Catholic Schools in Jacksonville.  He later served in the Army Air Force from 1947 until 1949 and later the United States Marine Corps from 1951 until 1954.  He was a Korean War veteran and received a Purple Heart.

He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and brother.  His family was his life.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.  Graveside services will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to Sangamon County Interveteran Burial Detail or the Athens BLS.


  1. My deepest sympathy to you, Judy, Susan, Jim, and the entire family. It’s times like this that make my decision to move to Florida questionable. I apologize for not being there with you and to hug each of you as we reminisce and say goodbye to my buddy,”Bootsy”.

    He was a special man that was not the easiest to humor…but once he smiled and you heard his chuckle…well, all was good! May you each rest and be at peace knowing you have always been there for each other and have given Boots your total love and devotion.

    God Bless You
    Linda Lou

  2. Mrs. Cully my heart goes out to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. You were the best 1st grade teacher and always one of my favorite teachers ♡♡♡

  3. Judy and family,
    We are so very sorry to learn of the passing of Boots. What a loss to each of you! You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, and beyond.
    Bev and Larry

  4. Judy,
    So sorry to hear of Boots passing.
    My condolences to you and your family.
    Sharon Andersen

  5. Judy,
    So sorry to hear that Boots has passed. Condolences to you and your family.

  6. Very sorry for the Cully family’s loss. I truly appreciate all that Boots did for the library. I will miss his sense of humor and sharing a cup of coffee in the library’s workroom.

  7. Judy, So sorry. Our prayers are with you & family. Myrna & John Welch

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