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Reed Spurgeon Shirey


Photo taken:  July 1, 1979 - Firehall, Hawthorn, PA. In celebration of their 60th Wedding Anniversary along with the Shirey Reunion, click to enlarge photo

Rev. Reed Spurgeon Shirey, b. 11 July 1892, at the home of his maternal grandparents, in Lower Mudlic, PA.  He died 17 July 1981 in Edward Hosp., Naperville, IL.   He married Verna Mae (Custer), b. 23 Dec. 1893, in Johnstown, PA.   She died, 14 Jan. 1983, in Naperville, IL.   Reed was the son of Charles Monroe Shiry / Shirey & Salina "Esther" (Mohney) Shirey. 


OBITUARY:   Rev. Reed S. Shirey 

“NAPERVILLE, IL - The Rev. Reed Spurgeon Shirey, 89, of 1326 N. Eagle St., Naperville, a former Mayport, PA, resident, died July 17, 1981, at Edward Hospital following a short illness.

“A son of the late Charles M. & Salina “Esther” (Mohney) Shirey, he was born July 11, 1892, in Lower Mudlic, PA.

“At the time of his death, Rev. Shirey was serving as Pastor of Visitation for Community United Methodist Church of Naperville, where he also taught a fellowship Sunday School class, and served as chaplain of the Naperville Noon Lions Club.  He was also affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and the Naperville Senior Agers.

“A graduate of Albright College, Reading, PA, and Western Theological Seminary of Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Shirey served as a pastor in Pennsylvania for 42 years before moving to Naperville in 1963.

“He and his wife celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on July 10.

“Surviving in addition to his wife, is a son: Olin; three brothers:  Samuel Shirey, R # 2, Mayport, and Russell Shirey, R # 1, Mayport, PA, and Charles V. Shirey of Palmyra, PA; two sisters:  Mrs. James “Effie” Shaffer, RR, Brookville, PA, and Mrs. Russell “Mildred” Raybeck, of Naples, FL; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

“He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters, as well as his parents.

“Funeral services were held at Community United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hett, Rev. Grant Graver, and Dr. Raymond Veh, officiating.

“Interment followed in Naperville Cemetery.

“A Masonic service was held at Ackman-Nelson Funeral Chapel.”

Verna Mae Custer Shirey, his wife, b. 23 Dec 1893, Johnstown, PA., died 14 Jan 1983, Naperville, IL.  She was the daughter of  John Berkebile and Ida Jessie Miller Custer. 

Submitted by Clarence Shirey, nephew


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