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Bill C. Shaw

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Bill C. Shaw, 92, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Good Shepherd Community of Christ, 4341 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133; interment at Mound Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 1820 E. 39th St., Independence, 816-373-3600.

The family requests contributions to Outreach International, 129 W. Lexington Ave., Independence, MO 64050.

Bill was born in Kansas City, Mo., and graduated from William Chrisman High School. He served four years in the Naval Air Corps as a PBY pilot and was a WW II veteran. He married Joanne Wilson in 1945 and went on to graduate from Cornell University as a chemical engineer. They lived in Pittsburg, Kan., for three years. They moved back to Independence in 1953. He was baptized a member of the Ridgewood congregation in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1960. He was ordained a priest in 1963, an elder in 1967 and a high priest in 1973. He founded Boy Scout Troop #334 in 1961 and served as Scout Master for eight years. He received the International Youth Leaders Award for his many years of service to youth in 2013. He served as Ridgewood pastor from 1971 through 1973, during which time the partnership with Pleasant Heights was forged and the current sanctuary was built. His ministry could best be described as a "befriending" ministry; characterized by his continued Boy Scout work, a Honduras mission trip in 1978 to establish ham radio communication at La Buena Fe, and twenty-three years of service to Independence's Sister City Committee, where he served as President from 1983 through 1985. He is a longtime member of the Lion's Club and served as President of the Independence Chapter 1988-89. In recent years, he has devoted his service to Outreach International.

Bill is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Joanne Shaw; sons, Douglas Shaw and wife, Nancy, Raytown, Mo., and Ralph Shaw and wife, Nancy, Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com
Published in The Examiner on Aug. 26, 2014
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