William Shuler, one of the longest-serving board of education members in the state, died on May 12 of pneumonia caused by COVID-19. He served on the Dover Board of Education for 52 years before retiring a few years ago. He was 90 years old.

William “Bill” Shuler participated in all of the Dover board committees over the course of his tenure, and was active in the Morris County School Boards Association. In 2006, the new media center in Dover High School was dedicated to Shuler, who had then served on the board for 42 years.

He was raised in Dover and graduated from Gettysburg College.  He served with the U.S. Army in Korea, and worked for many years at the family business, Shuler Tire Service.

Bill Shuler was a charter founder of the Dover Junior Baseball League, a precursor to the Dover Area Little League. He was named “Public Official of the Year” by the Dover Area Chamber of Commerce in 1993, and in 2003, was inducted into the Dover High School Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife Peg; his children, Melissa (Paul Budd), Bill Jr. (Ulla) and Eric (Deanie); his grandchildren, Rebecca, Claude, Theo, and Paul, as well as Chrissy, Amanda, Travis, Brandon, and Alison, and also his five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ed (Sandy); nieces, Terry and Kim, and nephew, Keith. He was predeceased by his son, Jim, in 2010.

Donations may be made to the Dover Area Historical Society (DAHS), P.O. Box 609, Dover, N.J. 07801. For online condolences please visit www.tuttlefuneralhome.com.