Gorman L. Dull, 90, of Altoona went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning August 19, 2023, at Midtown Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center, Altoona one day following his 72nd wedding anniversary with his beloved wife, Dorothy at his side. Gorman went peacefully to heaven following several weeks of suffering physically which affected multiple organs.
On November 5, 1932, God brought Gorman into the world according to His wonderful plan, using Lester and Gertrude Ellen (Hawkins) Dull of Mill Run, PA to accomplish the miracle birth.
In the mid 1940’s, Pastor Michael T. Hulihan served as the pastor of the Indian Creek Baptist Church, Mill Run, which was Gorman’s home church. Pastor and his wife, Peg had a daughter, Dorothy Mae Hulihan who attracted Gorman’s attention the very first time he saw her. Eventually on August 18, 1951, they married. That 72-year marriage brought Pastor Gary G. Dull and his sister, Peggy L. Stickel into the world.
Gorman was a star football player for the then Connellsville Cokers (now Connellsville Falcons) in Connellsville, PA. Due to his football prowess, Gorman was awarded several scholarships to various colleges and universities, but chose to forgo them, and remain with Dorothy upon graduation. He instead went to “butcher school” and took up the trade shortly while working in his father’s grocery store in Mill Run. He was eventually selected to become the postmaster of the Mill Run Post Office, which was, in and of itself a rare occurrence, as appointments were often very political in nature at that time. Gorman faithfully served as the postmaster in Mill Run for over 30 years.
Before becoming postmaster, Gorman seriously considered going into pastoral ministry, going so far as to correspond with many Bible colleges and universities, but he never fully sensed a specific call to serve in that capacity. However, Gorman was greatly used in the ministry of his home church as a School teacher, Deacon, Choir Director, Song Leader, Bus Driver, and in many other ways. He also was a past president of the Postmasters Association, and an advisor to Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton on rural community parks and recreation.
Gorman played the tuba in the Mill Run Community Band, and he also sang with his brother and another set of brothers in a local quartet. In the 1980’s, Gorman, his brother Marlyn, nephews, Jeff and Rick, and his niece Vicki formed the Country Churchman Quartet that traveled for years singing Gospel Songs.
In the spring of 1987, Gorman, his son Pastor Gary, and five other men formed Way Of Truth Ministries (WOTM).
After retirement from the Post Office, Gorman drove for Colburn Bus Company, he also served as a docent at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water mansion.
Following their move to Altoona in 1999, Gorman and Dorothy became very involved in the ministry of Faith Baptist Church. Gorman became choir director, song leader, Omega Chairman, substitute Sunday School teacher, director of the transportation committee, church bus driver, and a member of the visitation team. He, at that time, became the first member of the Dull family to drive for Fullington Bus Company.
Gorman waits upon a joyous heavenly reunion with his wife, Dorothy; son Pastor Gary G. Dull (Nancy); daughter Peggy L. Stickel (August C., IV “A.C.”); five grandchildren, Thomas G. Dull (Elizabeth), Michael L. Dull (Melanie), Charles G. “Chaz” Dull (Kari), Heidi E. Hoffman (Douglas), August C. Stickel, V “Quint” (Madisson); fifteen great grandchildren; brother, Marlyn Dull (Patty) of Mt. Pleasant; sister, Patty Broadwater (Richard) of Mill Run; a special centenarian, aunt Betty Hawkins of Uniontown; and numerous extended family members.
Gorman enjoyed walking, and gardening, but he was most excited about serving God and his church.
Family and Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thursday August 24, 2023, at Indian Creek Baptist Church, 311 Baptist Church Road, Mill Run, PA where a funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. with his son, Pastor Gary G. Dull officiating.
A memorial service for Gorman will be held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday September 3, 2023, at Faith Baptist Church, 315 Fortieth Street, Altoona, PA.
Interment will be made following at Indian Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations please be made to Faith Baptist Church, or Way Of Truth Ministries (WOTM), 315 Fortieth Street, Altoona, PA 16602.
The family would like to thank Melody Fleck, Ron Lunghofer, and many members of Faith Baptist Church family for the special care provided to Gorman during his decline in health, and to the staff of Midtown Oaks for the kindness and exemplary care provided to Gorman.
He is surely alive and doing well in heaven which is a land without tears and a time without end.