John William Tully, 91, of El Lago, Texas, passed away while holding his wife’s hands and his daughters by his side, after over a month of fighting a spinal bone infection and Covid. John was born in Bronx, New York on January 28, 1931 to John and Marion Tully.
John is survived by Ruth, his wife of 64 years and daughters Lisa (wife Mary K) and Kimberly (husband Gary). He was an amazing grandpa to Marisa, Parker, Zachary and Alexa. They will greatly miss playing checkers and dominos with their grandpa. He is also survived by sisters Audrey Froehlich, Pat Perry and Barbara Hamer. He was preceded in death by sisters Janet Tully and Jackie Nevins. John loved his many nieces and nephews who are scattered across the country. He also considered Andy Andersson (from Sweden) and Hayley Soto (from Venezuela) part of the family.
John was drafted and joined the Army in 1950. He was in the Medical Corps and trained at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, before heading to Germany. He worked in the medical lab. While stationed in Germany, John took full advantage of the opportunity to travel extensively around Europe.
John graduated from New York City College with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was a member of the Delta Alpha Fraternity. John and Ruth met at a dance hosted by the Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing. They got married in Van Nuys, California in 1958. John earned an MBA from the University of Utah. After college, John worked for Marquardt, Thiokol, United Technology and
TRW. He was transferred by TRW from California to Texas in 1969 as Pricing Manager. After that he worked for Retail Direct Co. where he was Vice President and retired at 69 years old from Premier Printing Co.
After retiring, John kept busy volunteering with Bay Area Meals on Wheels. He was a city council member for El Lago for 10 years. He was also on the Flood Board. He continued to be an avid reader of anything non-fiction, always inquisitive and wanting to learn more. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles, sudoku and other brain puzzles. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family. One of our favorite activities was doing jigsaw puzzles for hours.
John was a wonderful husband and loved his Ruthie dearly. While he was in the hospital, he told every healthcare worker who came into his room that marrying Ruth was the smartest thing he ever did. He was an incredibly kind and caring father. Dad always supported and gently guided us in everything we did and always let us know that he loved us.
We are extremely thankful to the wonderful, caring and compassionate staff at Kindred Hospital Clear Lake. They took amazing care of John and treated him with such dignity and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Indian College Fund, 8333 Greenwood Blvd, Denver, CO 80221-4488 or the charity of your choosing. Thank you for joining us in mourning the loss and celebrating the wonderful life of John Tully.