semi-retired manager of Shaw Funeral Home, Arnett, Taloga, Leedey and Vici, Oklahoma, died September 1, 2012, at age 76. Shaw’s parents began Shaw Funeral Home in Vici after moving with their family in 1937. He attended Panhandle Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Oklahoma Panhandle State University) and Oklahoma State University and graduated from Panhandle A&M in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in business. During college, Shaw participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and later served as an enlisted medic in the 95th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army Reserve and the 45th Infantry Division of the Oklahoma National Guard. He then worked for the U.S. Forestry Service as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps near Telluride, Colorado. Shaw attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Dallas and joined the family firm in 1961. Three years later, he left the firm for four years to help establish the department of mortuary science at Central State University in Edmond. He was an embalming instructor and taught other mortuary science courses at the university, now the University of Central Oklahoma, which was the first program in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in the field of mortuary science. Shaw returned to Vici with his wife and children in 1969 to take over management responsibilities for Shaw Funeral Home, expanding the business to include the Arnett location. He managed the funeral home until 2002. In 2011, he and his wife received recognition as the only husband-wife 50-year funeral directing team. He was also honored by his peers as Oklahoma State Funeral Director of the Year.
Shaw was involved in the Dewey County Historical Society, Vici School Board, Vici City Council, Vici Alumni Board, Vici Education Fund, Manor Apartment Board, Friends of Historic Fort Supply and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He was an EMT for the Vici Ambulance Service, a board member for the High Plains Resource Certification & Development Council, an Oklahoma Wildlife Safety Certification instructor, Oklahoma City Bombing grief counselor, treasurer of the Oklahoma State Funeral Director’s Board and district governor of the Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association. He also served at the district and conference level of the United Methodist Church’s Disaster Relief Board and Circle of Care.
He is survived by wife Joy, daughters Allyson and Jennifer, son Trevor, nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
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