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Gary Shaw

Mr. Gary “Skip” Shaw of Okawville, departed this life in the Carlyle Healthcare Center in Carlyle, on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11:35 A.M. He had attained the age of 79 years, 11 months and 10 days.

Gary was born in St. Louis, Mo. on April 14, 1937 the son of Forrest and Anna Mae (nee Ayers) Shaw. He was a 1955 graduate of Okawville High School. He was united in marriage to Patricia Sommers in the St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville on December 28, 1957 and she survives his passing.

Mr. Shaw served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Midway from 1957 until 1961. Following his discharge from the Navy, he worked in the hydraulic shop at Scott Air Force Base for 43 years until his retirement. He was a faithful member of the St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville. Mr. Shaw served on the Okawville School Board, Okawville Village Board, Okawville Zoning Board, and was honored to be named a parade marshal of the Okawville Wheat Festival Parade.

Left to mourn his passing is his wife Pat Shaw of Okawville; three daughters, Tammy Frederking and husband Durwin of Okawville, Carla Zapp and husband Jeff of Addieville, and Pamela Switala and husband Steve of Okawville; a sister, Jean Gaebe of Addieville; a brother, Rob Shaw and wife Charlotte of Freeburg; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; a brother-in-law; two sisters-in-law; numerous nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, June Shaw Ellerbusch; his father and mother-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a sister-in-law and a nephew.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Barbara Catholic Church in Okawville on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 10 A.M. with Fr. Steven Poole officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call at the Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Tuesday from 4 P.M. until 8 P.M. and again on Wednesday from 8 A.M. until 9:30 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Okawville Lions Club, the St. Barbara Catholic Church Building Fund or to Hospice of Southern Illinois and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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