Callison-Lough Funeral Home

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Richard Lee Shirley

January 24, 1935July 14, 2019

Richard Lee Shirley, 84, a long-time Lafayette, Indiana resident and recently of Gravette, passed away Sunday July 14, 2019. He was born January 24, 1935 in Covington, Indiana to the late Raymond and Ruth Hullinger Shirley. Mr. Shirley was a proud veteran of the Armed Forces serving in the Air Force from 1953-1957. Richard resided in the Lafayette area most of his life. He worked as an Inventor/Mechanical Engineer with Lafayette Instrument Company for over 40 years, retiring in 1998. Mr. Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Brett Lee Shirley and brother, Robert E. Shirley. Survivors include his daughter, Karen Lynne (Glen) Myers of Gravette; grandchildren, Richard (Kristi) Myers of Gravette, Curtis (Kelly) Shirley of Illinois, Alan (Katherine) Myers of Little Rock, Suzanne Shirley of Indiana and Jacinda Shirley of Indiana; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Kaitlynn, Spencer, Harper, Bostyn, Connor, Brettly and Max. Also surviving are his siblings, Dean Simms of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Carl (Donna) Simms of Lebanon, Indiana, Mary Merrill of Crawfordsville, Indiana, William “Bill” Young of Lafayette, Indiana, Shirley (Ken) Parker of House Springs, Missouri and numerous other beloved family members. Richard was raised by his grandfather, Alfeus Hullinger, who preceded him in death. Services will be held at a later date in Indiana. Arrangements are under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville. Condolences may be expressed at www.CallisonLoughFH.com


  • Celebration of Life will be held in Indiana at a later date.


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Jill Pritchard

July 19, 2019

My grandfather, Max Wastl, was quite fond of Dick and consider him one of the finest men he knew. They worked together many of those years he was at Lafayette Instrument. I remember growing up as a child and heading to the lake for the annual installation of the pier. Dick would always be there to help. Dick was a pall bearer at my grandfather's funeral and when I saw him weep as he came down the aisle at church, I realized that he had lost a close friend. He continued to check on my grandmother through the years. He was a good family friend. Godspeed Dick.