Charles Coleman “Duke” Tullius, age 87 and formerly of Clairton and Elizabeth, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 29, 2021 after a long illness. Born December 20, 1933 in Clairton to the late Edward and Barbara (Mulkerin) Tullius, Duke was a proud 1952 graduate of Clairton High School. He served in the US Army at Fort Hood, TX where he was a tank commander. Returning to Clairton, Duke married his high school sweetheart, Gail E. Decima in 1956. He retired from U.S. Steel Corporation in the engineering department then worked for the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council as a program director. Duke was a long time parishioner of Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin where he led members in Contemplative Prayer with guidance from Fr. Thomas Keating. Duke was an ardent Pittsburgh Pirate and Steeler fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a Little League baseball coach for many years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Gail E. (Decima) Tullius; daughter Susan (Win) Ziders; son Dr. Charles D. (Michelle) Tullius; grandchildren Matthew (Jaclyn) Ziders, Patrick (Stephanie) Ziders, Capt. David (Philine) Tullius, Claire (Jeremy) Harris; was the loving "Great Pap" to Olivia, Katie, Elaina, Jonathan, Annie, Ailey, Lucas, and Maisie; brother-in-law to Sylvia Tullius; and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Duke was preceded in death by daughter Barbara A. Tullius, sisters Jane (Wayne) Shaw and Barbara (Marvin) Owens, and brother James Tullius. There is no viewing scheduled. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church at 10 AM with Fr. Ken White officiating. Please go directly to the church. Procession and burial with military honors will follow in St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or the charity of one's choice. The family is grateful for the care of Dr. John Prendergast as well as the loving and caring staff at Commonwealth Hospice. Arrangements by the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, Clairton.
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