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07/31/09 - NNHS Newsletter - John "Scooter" Huller

John Alvin Huller
(16 Sept 1925 - 29 July 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.  Beloved Newport News High School teacher,         John "Scooter" Huller, Class of 1943, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 83.

From the Daily Press - 07/31/09:



John A. Huller

  ORLANDO, FLA. - John Alvin "Scooter" Huller, of Orlando, passed away July 29, 2009.

He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Newport News, Va. He graduated in 1950 from the College of William and Mary. Scooter then taught math at Newport News High School until 1959. He worked in the Atomic Power Division of the Newport News Shipyard from 1959-1979 and then from 1979-1999, he enjoyed his second childhood while working as the Manager of Special Events for Walt Disney World. Scooter served with distinction in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen K. Huller.

He is survived by his sons, Jerry and his wife, Carol, Mark and his wife, Dana, David and his wife, Bunny; grandchildren Melissa, Adam, Scott, Paige, Kellie, Stuart, and Elizabeth; sister, Mary Poe and her husband, Ron; and nephew Jeff.
John A. Huller
A visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, with the service following at 3 p.m. at the Baldwin Fairchild Lake Ivanhoe Chapel, 301 NE Ivanhoe Blvd. Orlando, FL 32804.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to either the American Lung Association, 1333 W. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32804 or Give Kids the World Village, 210 S. Bass Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from 7/31/2009 - 8/1/2009.
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July 31, 2009
My condolences to your family. You're in my thoughts.
Claire Walker
~ Claire Walker, Cleveland, Ohio

July 31, 2009

Jerry, Mark, David and your families and your Aunt Mary, I am shocked and saddened to read of Scooter's Death. He is one of the greatest persons I have met in my lifetime, and I am so sorry I never got down to Fla. to visit with him. I admired him so much for his raising 3 wonderful boys who became such fine gentlemen. God bless, "Scooter".
~ Dale Parsons, Franklin, Virginia

July 31, 2009

Neither NNHS Typhoons nor William and Mary Indians had a more loyal supporter than Scooter! Personally, I have lost a cherished friend. I send my love and sympathy to sons Jerry, Mark, David, sister Mary, and nephew Jeff and all their families.

~ Ed Peeples, Newport News, Virginia


July 31, 2009

~ Pauline Allen Mitchell, Powhatan, Virginia
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July 31, 2009

Mr. Huller was a shining example for the students at Newport News High School, as a teacher, mentor, or traveling with the TYPHOON Basketball Team or at home on the bench, keeping all the statistics on the games. While he was serious minded, he did not take himself seriously and had a great laugh. We were not allowed to call him by his "Nickname" (Scooter) but much later and recently he signed his Christmas Cards "Scooter"...but I never learned how he got the nickname and it still puzzles me for he would not divulge the origin or how he was tagged with the nickname. Sounds like an Army nickname!!! He will be sorely missed.
~ Joseph Madagan, Wesley Chapel, Florida

July 31, 2009

Mr. Huller was my friend for over fifty years. I owe my journalistic career to him. He got me my first job and I have always loved him. I had a chance to talk with him several years ago. He was a wonderful man, an incredible teacher and always followed my work. He was indeed a great teacher at Newport News High School and one whose memory will always be with me. I have never referred to him other than Mr. Huller even though he told me to call him "Scooter." I simply could not do it. He was such a great example and I have admired him all these years. He was a wonderful family man. He will be sorely missed. Thank you, Mr. Huller, for being a great example, a great teacher and my great friend.
~ Harry Covert, Alexandria, Virginia
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July 31, 2009

I met Scooter when he signed on at WDW and he became a close friend to my family and children. He was a true gentleman and I cherished his friendship. Jerry, Mark and David, I know you will miss him. Love and prayers.
~ Maria Becker, Florida

August 01, 2009

I had the pleasure of knowing Scooter for the last 5 years. He was such a sweet and caring man. Scooter was by far one of my favorite patients while working at Dr. Pressley's office. I will miss him very much. He always asked how my daughter was and was do sweet to me throughout the years. I will never forget when he sent a bouquet of flowers to the office for me with a card thanking me for all that I did for him. He was such a sweet man. I missed hearing stories of Mittens. I will truly miss Scooter. I am happy to know that he i now in a better place and will no longer be in pain.
~ Kristin Koerner, Orlando, Florida
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  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Huller family and their friends, as well as to all of Mr. Huller's former students.

     From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 07/31/09, 6:04 AM:

Thank you, Carol:

I will be able to attend with your thoughtful notice.

Mizpah, Joe

   Thank you, Joe. You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your friend and former mentor.

   From F.A. Saunders (Hampton HS - '64) of VA - 07/31/09, 8:23 PM - "      Scooter Huller":

I am still unable to view your website but I did want to pass on to you that Scooter Huller passed away. He was a math teacher at NNHS. You can read his obit at the Daily Press website. Perhaps someone else has sent you this but  didn't want you to miss it. I worked with him in the shipyard years ago and just happened to see it in the paper today. He was living in Florida.

   Thank you, F.A, I caught this one myself early this morning, but I appreciate your double-checking with me. Hopefully the difficulties with the site will be over soon.  My sincerest sympathies on the loss of your friend.

From Dave Huller of FL - 08/04/09, 11:20 PM via

It is with great sadness that I report that my father,       John A. (Scooter) Huller passed away on July 29, 2009.

NNHS was a cherished part of his life and he spoke often of his days as an educator and the quality of the school and his many friends, students, and colleagues.

Best regards,

Dave Huller

   Thank you, Dave.  You have our deepest condolences on the loss of your father, a man who seems to have been universally loved.

      From Harry Covert ('57) of Northern VA - 08/05/09 - "      Mr. Huller":

Thank you.  That is very nice.  Mr. Huller was one of the finest people and one of the finest teachers ever in the Newport News public school system.  We were fortunate to have so many other outstanding teachers.  They set examples that have stood each of us well.  When I think of heroes I think of him.

   Wow. Thanks, Harry.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

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