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William Shirey


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William Shirey Obituary
The Rev. William C. Shirey of Estes Park, CO died September 14, 2016 after a short illness. Bill was born in El Reno, OK in 1929 to George J. and Lovell Hays Shirey in Chickasha, OK. His parents moved the family to El Reno, OK shortly thereafter. Bill spent his school years in the public schools there, graduating in 1947. Bill had a very strong work ethic, beginning at an early age delivering newspapers, selling magazines door-to-door and many other such jobs. His years as a Boy Scout (earning the Eagle Scout award) influenced him further. The fact that his two older brothers and two brothers-in-law all served in World War II undoubtedly prompted his decision to enlist in the Oklahoma National Guard in 1946. When the 45th Infantry Division was mobilized for active duty in Korea, Bill, having attained the rank of Master Sergeant, went with them. When he returned from Korea, he continued in the Guard, later receiving a commission as a Second Lieutenant. At that time he also continued his education, graduating from El RenoJunior College, then furthering his education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. In 1954 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from The University of Oklahoma Law School in 1956. He received his license to practice law in 1956 and kept his license current until his death. After marriage to Shirley L. Flippen in 1956, they moved to Wichita Falls, TX, where he was employed in the Land Department of The Texaco Company. From there he was transferred to the Dallas office. In 1961 he was accepted at Seabury-Western (Episcopal) Seminary in Evanston, Ill. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity in 1964, he was ordained a deacon, then a priest in the Episcopal Church. He served churches in Arlington, TX; Lawton, OK and Mt.Pleasant, Daingerfield, and Gilmer, TX. Bill retired from the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1989, as a Colonel, having had the privilege of serving as State Chaplain those last years. He proudly served his country for 34 plus years. Upon retirement from the Church in 1990, he and his wife and daughter, Carolyn, moved to Estes Park, CO. Bill often assisted at St. Bartholomew's. A continuing joy for him also was serving at St. Timothy's Church in Pauls Valley, OK. Locally, he had been a volunteer in Cross Roads Ministry, Crop Walk, and EstesParkMedicalCenter. Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley and daughters Kathryn and her husband, Dr. Evan L. Bragg and Carolyn Shirey and her husband Michael T. Dever; granddaughter Elizabeth Bragg, grandson Christopher Bragg; sister, Margaret Moorman, brother James W. and his wife Judi Shirey; and many loved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers George J. and Robert H. Shirey and his sister, Mildred Lorensen. A Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Seth Richmond assisted by the Rev. Edward Morgan and the Rev. Paul Garrett at St. Bartholomew's on September 20, 2016. After inurnment in the Church Yard, an Honor Guard from Ft. Carson, CO concluded the service with a twenty-one gun salute and the presentation of the flag. May he rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Sept. 30, 2016
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