Major Lacy L. Shadowens, 93, retired army major and resident of Deming, N.M., entered eternal rest on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Casa De Oro Nursing Home in Las Cruces, N.M.
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He was born on April 11, 1916, in Wichita Falls, Texas to Rosalyn Lacy Shadowens and Walter D. Shadowens. Lacy moved to Oklahoma as an infant, he graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 1941. He was then sworn into the army and sent to Fort Huachuca, Ariz. as a Second Lieutenant. Late that fall his entire unit left for the Philippines, but after stopping in Hawaii, to refuel the ship and get a few days of R and R they left and were two days out of Pearl Harbor when it was attacked by the Japanese. A few days later his ship was rerouted to Australia, where Lacy served in New Guinea for the duration of World War II. In 1946, he returned to Oklahoma State University for a semester to get a degree in business and accounting, he graduated May 27, 1946. He married Catherine Kersletter on Nov. 16, 1946. They were blessed with a daughter, Susan in 1948.
After Catherine's death he married Eileen West who passed away October 31, 1976. Later he met and married Betty Hamm Krauser in 1980, who survives him. Lacy remained in the Army Reserves as a Reserve Officer until 1969.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Deming, N.M.; his daughter, Susan Edner and husband, William, of Hughesville, Pa.; six step-sons, five step-daughters, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, many step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and only sister, Lillian Wolfe.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Terrazas Funeral Chapels-Father Stanley Chapel. The Rosary will begin at 10:30 and will be recited by Suzanne Lundy. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with Father Joshe Duplissey officiating. Interment will take place at Fort Bayard National Cemetery, Fort Bayard, N.M., at 1 p.m., with Deacon Jerry Miller reciting at Graveside.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a favorite charity in Lacy's honor.
Arrangements are with Terrazas Funeral Chapels and Terrazas Crematory. "Trusted care for the ones you love" (575) 546-0777. To send your condolences please visit, www.terrazasfuneralchapel.com
Published in Deming Headlight on Dec. 30, 2009