Obituary of Julius Wall, IV
Julius (Jule) Fabius Wall IV, Clinton, Missouri, passed away peacefully January 2, 2018 at Saint Luke’s Hospice House, surrounded by his family. A celebration of life will be held at the Benson Center, Clinton, Missouri on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Jule was born March 19, 1934 near Windsor, MO, to Julius F. Wall and Vera Genevieve Kahl Wall. He had one sister, Julianne, who predeceased him. Jule graduated from Windsor High School in 1951. He had many lifelong Windsor friends, and particularly enjoyed reminiscing about playing in the 1950 Missouri state high school basketball tournament.
Jule graduated from Central Missouri State University in 1954 – often reminding his daughters and grandchildren that college could be done in 3 years. Upon graduating college at age 20, he joined the US Army where he served 2 years with a tour of duty in Korea. After working briefly at a bank in Ardmore, OK, Jule decided to take advantage of the GI bill and further his education at the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Law. While attending law school, he met and married his wife of 59 plus years, Sara (Sally) Miner. They met over Christmas break 1957, while attending a party in Windsor with other dates. They quickly ditched their dates and the rest, as they say, is history. They married August 1, 1958. Jule graduated from law school in 1960 and was a member of Order of the Coif.
After obtaining his law degree, Jule, Sally, and their new daughter Leslie, relocated to Clinton, Missouri where he joined the law practice of Poague, Brock & Wall (now Poague, Wall, Cox & Adams), one of the oldest firms in Henry County. His practice was comprised of litigation, probate and estate, real estate, corporate and commercial law. A recent highlight was being sworn into practice before the US Supreme Court in 2011. Despite attempting to retire twice, he continued to be drawn back into the profession he loved, working on various projects up until the time of his death. Jule also served on the board of directors for Citizen State Bank of Calhoun, Union State Bank and Hawthorn Bank. He was a great advisor, friend and counselor to many in the Clinton/Henry County community.
Jule’s first priority was his family. He was an incredible husband to Sally and beloved father, mentor and hero for his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Jule’s second passion was conservation and enjoying the outdoors. He particularly loved to duck hunt with friends, both local and those he made through his involvement with Ducks Unlimited. Jule served as a DU volunteer locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. He was a member of the national DU board of directors from 1989 -2009, serving as national president, chairman of the board, president of DU de Mexico, and board member of DU Canada. He also served as trustee for the Wetlands America Trust Inc. He cherished these DU friendships.
Jule did not believe in idle hands and lived a life of humble service. He felt blessed and sought ways to pay it forward through involvement in his community, including leadership in organizations such as Truman Lake Community Foundation, Englewood Cemetery Perpetual Fund, Optimist Club, Rotary and Henry County Museum and Historical Society. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clinton for over fifty-seven years, acting as treasurer, Sunday School teacher and in other capacities.
Jule traveled all over the world. In addition to vacations with family and friends, he enjoyed far-flung fishing and duck hunting trips to remote parts of Canada and Central and South America. Jule loved to tell stories, and started many a conversation with a variation of “Let me tell you a story – a true story.” Jule’s stories, his wisdom and guidance will be greatly missed, but we know he lived a tremendous life. Our wish is that in heaven, every day is opening day and he always gets his limit!
Jule is survived by his wife, Sally, daughters Leslie (Shannon) Ransdall, Julie (Craig) Mohler, and Kelly (David) Schemenauer, grandchildren Annie, Allison and Matthew Mohler and Alec and Adam Schemenauer, and step-granddaughter Natasha (Brandon) L’Heureux and step-great grandchildren Mason and Ella L’Heuereux.
As stated above, celebration of life services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Benson Convention Center, 1008 East Sedalia Avenue, Clinton, MO 64735. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., just prior to the service. Entombment will be at a later date at Englewood Cemetery. Friends are invited to sign the register book and leave condolences for the family from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family suggests memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, Henry County Museum or Ducks Unlimited, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.