WILLIAM SHISLER


WILLIAM D. SHISLER, SR. William (Bill) D. Shisler, Sr., 85, of Fort Pierce, FL died on April 22, 2013 at Treasure Coast Hospice House. Mr. Shisler was born to Clifford (Kip) and Mae (Murray) Shisler on May 9, 1927 in Burlington, New Jersey. His parents relocated to Miami where Kip worked at the Coral Gables Country Club and later Kip opened a popular restaurant, The Drum, in Coral Gables. The Shisler family lived in a large family residence that included a cottage where his sister Helen and her husband, George Menner, resided. The Shisler residence, widely known as "Three Acres," was located in Coral Gables on S.W. 48th Avenue and Tamiami Trail. Their home was a place of enjoyment for family members and close friends. Bill wed Joan Marie Arace on February 5, 1949 in Miami. Their first son, Michael Clifford was born in Key West, FL, at the time Bill worked for Florida Power and Light. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served in World War II as a radio operator on the U.S.S. San Jacinto, a Navy transport ship, and was later called back for active to duty during the Korean War. In 1955, he graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables with a degree in electrical engineering. Then Bill began his career in radar and sonar technologies with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, and their daughter Julia Mae was born in Sharon, PA. Later the Shisler family relocated to Ferndale, Maryland, when Bill began working at the Westinghouse plant in Lansdowne, MD. They welcomed their second son, William Dennis, born in Baltimore. Bill worked at Westinghouse's Chesapeake Bay Bridge Plant near Annapolis, MD, in the 1970s and 1980s. In addition to his passion as a ham radio operator, Bill's other recreational loves were camping and golf. After retiring from Westinghouse, Bill and Joan traveled throughout the U.S. in their Sunstream camper, and Bill played at least one golf course in every state they visited. Twenty- seven years ago they retired to Ft. Pierce, and resided at Spanish Lakes. Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joan; his son, Dr. Michael C. Shisler, and his wife Joan of St. Leonard, MD; his son, William (Bill) D. Shisler, Jr. and his wife, Roma Diane, of Pisgah, NC; and his daughter, Julie and her husband, Kenneth (Barney) Van Fleet of San Diego, CA. His sister, Helen M. Menner, of Pt. St. Lucie, preceded him in death in 2011. Bill was extremely proud of all of his grandchildren, Rev. Sara Shisler, Baltimore, MD; Margo Shisler, Charleston, SC; Colin and Evan Shisler, St. Leonard, MD; Jered Whealton, Oak Island, NC; Chelsea Whealton and her husband, Justin Glasscock, Elizabethton, Tennessee. Bill's extended family includes Elizabeth (Honey) Schuyler of Miami Springs, FL; Andrew and Ellen Clark, and their son, Drew, Davie, FL; Mary Hernandez, and her sons, Paul and Mark, Miami, FL; Anne and Chuck Ramey, Orange, VA; Jane and Bob Myers, and their children, Joy and Carl; Joan Clark, Palmyra, VA; Nancy and Mike Hamdani, Charlottesville, VA. William was an amateur radio enthusiast and a member of the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club (W3DHN), as well as a member of the American Legion Post #40, Elks Lodge #1520, and the Knights of Columbus. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Fort Pierce. Interment will be late that day in Flagler Memorial Park in Miami. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice House, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981. An online guestbook is available at www.yatesfuneralhome.com Arrangements were entrusted to Yates Funeral Home and Crematory, Fort Pierce Chapel. Paid Obituary

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Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 25, 2013