David C. Shaw

February 4, 1922January 11, 2014
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David C. Shaw, 91, of Fort Smith, died January 11, 2014 in Fort Smith. He was born February 4, 1922 in Newtown, Ohio to Charles and Josephine Griese Shaw. He served in World War II as a Lieutenant with the 44th Infantry Division in the European Theater, receiving the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and 3 Campaign Ribbons. He graduated for the University of Cincinnati, receiving a degree in Industrial Engineering, and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. He was employed with Donoho & Merry Insurance, as Treasurer/Agent, for over 30 years. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and the Gleaners Sunday School Class, and a teacher for 28 years. He served as Board Chairman, and on many Church committees and in youth activities over the years. In the community he was a 32nd Degree Mason, and member of the Noon Exchange Club in which he served as President. He is survived by his wife Patricia Yeager Shaw of Fort Smith; two sons, Dr. David L. Shaw and wife Jeanne of Niceville, FL., and Richard C. Shaw and wife Cathey of Fort Collins, CO; one daughter, Cindy Lee Shaw Ballard of North Little Rock, AR; nine grandchildren, Carlye Shaw Dudgeon, Todd Shaw, Matt Shaw, Shawn Ballard, Chad Ballard, Heather Shaw Podmore, Emily Shaw, Gretchen Shaw Gruenberger, and Mary Shaw; and seven great grandchildren, Elizabeth Dudgeon, Grant Dudgeon, John Brewer Dudgeon, Atreyu Gruenberger, Arys Gruenberger, Catherine Podmore, and Charlotte Podmore; two sisters in law, Marilyn Shaw of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Jean Johnson Shaw of Loveland, Ohio; extended family, Tom, Evelyn, Doug, Betsy, Griffin, Blake, Ethan Wilson and Jim Yeager. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Carolan Shaw after 44 years of marriage; his parents, and two brothers, Charles and Richard Shaw. Memorial service will be Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the First United Methodist Church of Fort Smith. Private burial will be the U.S. National Cemetery. Cremation and services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the memorial in Narthex of the First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church 200 North 15th Fort Smith, AR 72901 To sign an online guestbook visit


  • Memorial Service Monday, January 20, 2014
  • Visitation Monday, January 20, 2014

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Lindy Cotner

January 24, 2014

Dear Rick,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your dad was one of the finest men I ever knew. So kind and full of common sense, and not someone to get into a fight with either. Man he was a big fellow with a soft heart. He was good looking too I always thought. Very handsome, just like yourself.
Guess what, I'm playing hand bells again at the 1st Christian Church. Wish you were around here so you could come join us. My fondest memories of you were when we were in that handbell choir and when we went to Huston to perform. Hope your life is going well. Wish I had been able to attend his funeral and see you again.
Once again, my condolences go out to you and your family.
Lindy Cotner

January 21, 2014

On behalf of American Legion Post 31, please accept my condolences in the passing of Mr. Shaw. God bless you.
Fred Stecher, Chaplain

Lee Carolan

January 20, 2014

Uncle Dave was a great man and he will definitely be missed by all. I am so sorry I could not make it there today and you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love to all,

Lee Carolan

January 19, 2014

Dave was a very nice man. So sorry Pat and family.
Birnie Harper


January 16, 2014



Carol Amerine

January 15, 2014

To my cousins and Pat,
I loved your Dad and husband! What a wonderful man he was--he freely shared his love and true concern for everyone. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that he loved me. I know you will miss him so!!!!
May God be with you all.
Carol Klusmeier Amerine

Dallas Street Dental

January 14, 2014

May you find comfort in the memories you had with Dave. He was an awe-inspiring man and it has been an honor to call him our patient.