Anthony “Tony” Valentine Shular was born on February 27, 1969, in San Francisco, California. His parents, David Richard and Janet Ruth Louden Shular, welcomed him as their second son and middle child of three. He was irresistibly loving and lovable. Janet speaks wistfully of her face in his strong, little hands and of him turning her sharply toward his face, declaring his love for her verbally, “I Yuv you, Mommy!" Once his mind was set on something or someone, there was no second guessing, THAT WAS IT! His decisions were as intense as his tenderness.
Tony was quick on his feet and with his hands. He played soccer, football and basketball on school and community organized soccer teams in Yellow Springs. He successfully ran track in state competitions. A graduate of Catholic Central (High) School in Springfield, Tony enrolled as a freshman at Memphis State University (now U of M), where he completed one year.
Eager to be self-reliant and self-defining, the college student enlist- ed in the United States Marine Corps. With an honorable discharge, he worked a myriad of interesting jobs and later married, Deidre Willis, with whom he had a son, Anthony David Shular. Tony had health issues as a young adult that, a few years ago, were diagnosed as terminal and challenged him until early March when his body succumbed to illness prior to his passing at Hospice of Dayton. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Deidre, his sister Jeima, and his father, David. In addition to many grieving loved ones and friends, he is mourned specifically by his son, Anthony Shular, loving daughter, Alyssa Shular, attentive companion, Chrystal McElvain, older sibling, John Shular, and devoted mother, Janet.
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