Warren E. Canull

Warren E. Canull, beloved Dad and Poppy, age 81 of Collinsville, IL, born August 9, 1930 in East St. Louis, Illinois entered into his eternal home on Friday May 4, 2012.

Warren “Curly Canull” graduated in 1949 from Collinsville High School and was a Kahok through and through.  He was a four-varsity sports athlete in football, basketball, track and baseball. He excelled as Captain of the high school football team and holds a sixty-four year old record for scoring 24 touchdowns in one season that included two 5 touchdown games. Canull was offered scholarships to play college football at Georgetown University and Washington University in St. Louis.    

He was called into service during the Korean War serving as a Corporal in the United States Army as a member of the Battery A 95th Armored Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Chaffee in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also served eight years in the selective service system through 1960.  Warren worked at Industrial Sugars in St. Louis while earning his Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Business Administration graduating from Saint Louis University.

Warren worked in the field of personnel management his entire career retiring from KSDK Channel 5 as Vice President of Human Resources; he also worked for Barry-Wehmiller Inc. in Clayton, MO, and Sunnen Products in Maplewood, MO. He served on several non-profit organizations’ board of directors and was a member of multiple professional personnel organizations, including AAIM. He was a lifetime member of St. John United Church of Christ in Collinsville, serving as a Sunday school teacher and on numerous committees over the years. He enjoyed being an honorary member of the Class of 1950’s First Wednesday Breakfast Club at the Collinsville Township Center.

The most telling aspect of Warren’s personality and life was his relationship with his beloved sweetheart and wife, Peggy.  He met her in Jefferson School in the fourth grade coming out of the cloakroom and would tell ‘she was the first blonde he ever saw and the last one he looked at’.  Significant in their relationship was the word ‘Always’ as Warren never wavered from his devotion to her.  Married in 1950, their marriage spanned fifty-eight years.  He was most proud of their reign as the 1948 Homecoming Football Queen and King; their lifelong admiration and devotion to their children and their families and the precious time they spent together during hiking treks in the Rocky Mountains and walks on Clearwater Beach.

Warren will be remembered as a devoted son, brother, husband, Poppy and dear friend.  He is now at peace and home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ being reunited with his Peggy and son Jeffrey.

His beloved wife and life mate, Peggy nee Fletcher Canull, parents James F. and Alleen nee VanPelt Canull, his son W. Jeffrey Canull and a brother James Canull, preceded him in death.

He is survived by three daughters Pamela (Scott) Nicholson of Belleville, IL, Susan (David) DesPain of St. Louis, MO, and Julie (Rick) Mulford of Edwardsville, IL; daughter-in-law Kay (Canull) Hentz of Arnold, MO; ten adored grandchildren Captain Sara (Joe) Fite stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, Jamie Nicholson of Sandy Springs, GA, Katie Nicholson of Belleville, IL, Bobby, Maggie and Jimmy DesPain of St. Louis, MO, John (Tiffany) Canull of Cahokia, IL, Michael Canull of Maryville, IL, Sam and Annie Mulford of Edwardsville, IL; one darling great grandchild Brooke; two sisters Jeanette Smith of Hernando, MS and Jacquie (Elwood) Sapp of Collinsville, IL; sister-in-law Mary (James) Canull numerous nieces and nephews.

The Barry Wilson Funeral Home will handle visitation on Saturday May 12, 2012 from 9:30am until 11:30am at the Canull Clan’s home church of St. John United Church of Christ 307 West Clay in Collinsville, IL.  Funeral services will follow at 11:30am with Rev. Tony Minear officiating.  Burial will be in St. John Cemetery in Collinsville, IL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Warren and Peggy’s dearly loved twenty-five year vacation retreat: YMCA of the Rockies, Attention: Courtney Hill; 2515 Tunnel Road, Estes Park, Colorado 80511 (ymcarockies.org).

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