Robert Charles Shaw
JACKONSVILLE, Fla. — Robert Charles Shaw, 87, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away on Feb. 27, 2013, at Lake City VA Hospital, Lake City, Fla.
He was born to the late Claude and Esther Shaw, May 16, 1925, in Sidney. He spent a great portion of his childhood at an orphanage, Mooseheart, in Illinois. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and valiantly served his country during W.W.II. He was an infantryman who served under General Douglas MacArthur in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in the Philippines. He was honored with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal for his heroic service.
On Nov. 10, 1946, he married the love of his life, Arlene Howe. Bob and Arlene raised their children in Sidney and owned and operated the Big Top Ice Cream Stand. Bob was also well-known for his years of employment with the Sidney School District, both as a bus driver and custodian. As a former student affectionately stated, “He had an ear for listening and a scolding when due.”
Family was very important to Bob and he was always there for anyone who needed him. His gruff exterior covered a soft heart and kind soul who frequently took others into his home when they had nowhere else to go. He was a solid, dependable, caring person who will be deeply missed.
In 2009, he moved to Jacksonville, Fla., where he was lovingly cared for by his son and daughter-in-law, Fred and Leslie. They were truly a blessing to him in his final years, as he surely was to them.
Bob is survived by his children, Ralph Shaw, Claude (Giovanna) Shaw, Frederick (Leslie) Shaw and Mildred Nowak. He is also survived by his loving brother, Douglas (Marian) Pellett; his half- brother, Thomas Shaw; his brother-in-law, Ralph (Patricia) Howe; and his sisters-in-law, Betty Ackeret and Vivian Peck. Additionally, he leaves behind his grandchildren, Karen Mercurio, Robert (Nellie) Ponce, Penni Shaw, Nancy (Robert) Guzior, David Hendee, Gino (Kat) Shaw, Roberto (Shannon) Shaw, Andrew (Victoria) Kirkendall, Peter Kirkendall, and Arlene (Jared) Fisher. He is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Bob was predeceased by his wife, Arlene; brother, Richard Shaw; daughter, Barbara Howes; sons-in-law, John Howes and Alexander Nowak; brothers-in-law, Stuart Howe, Gottlieb Ackeret and Keith Peck; grandsons, David Howes and Richard Hendee.
Services will be held at a date to be announced in Sidney, at the convenience of the family.
The family extends special thanks to the nurses and doctors of the Lake City VA Medical Center and Serenity Place, who so lovingly cared for Bob in his final months.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Serenity Place, Lake City VA Medical Center, 619 South Marion Avenue, Lake City, FL 32025. Donations will be used for the comfort and welfare of their veteran patients.