Arthur Ray Shaw
April 17, 1920 – March 13, 2020
Col. Arthur Ray Shaw, 99, returned home to his creator on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Mercy Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
He leaves his grandson David Burrus, nephew, George Shaw, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many who loved him.
Col. Shaw was born in Vanoss, Oklahoma, on April 17, 1920, and was a lifetime resident of the great State of Oklahoma. In 1942, he married Ms. Joan Payne from Marlow, Oklahoma, and was father to Sharon Kaye.
Col. Shaw attended and graduated from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and the University of Oklahoma. In 1936, Col. Shaw joined the U.S. Army and served this great nation.
During his military service, Col. Shaw heroically and courageously served in World War II, most specifically, on April 1, 1945, where he led the U.S. Army 361 Battalion, 96 Infantry Division in the invasion of Okinawa. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star for his bravery and efforts on Okinawa and Leyte. In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the invasion on March 3, 2020, Col. Shaw published his firsthand experience during the war in “82 Days on Okinawa.”
After 26 years of service, Col. Shaw retired from the U.S. army and dedicated his life to his beloved wife and family. He passed away 35 days shy of his 100th birthday, and the family extends an invitation to join us as we celebrate and honor his life on April 17, 2020 when he would be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Joan; his daughter, Sharon Kaye; his grand-daughter Teri; and his faithful companion Boxer, Dexter. Lets celebrate his life, gifts, and love. We will miss him dearly, but he lives in our hearts. Until we meet again Arthur Ray.
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Arthur Ray Shaw
March 23, 2020
We moved into Surrey Hills on February 1st of 2001. My husband, myself and two beautiful black Labrador sisters. We had planned this to be a temporary home, until we found an ultra modern build in Oklahoma City Area.
That changed as soon as we started meeting, The Walker's. One very tall thin gentleman always spoke to us and our dogs. Yes, Art had mentioned being in the Army. But, did not like to talk about it. I loved listening to his memories of his wife and her friends, floating around the the pool with a cocktail in their hand.
My foundest memory is of stopping by to let our dogs visit, in the past 7 years. Last year I stopped by around 8pm. He was cooking up crumbled sausage in that little skillet, that weighed ten pounds! I asked why he was eating so late. He giggled and replied, "Thus is Dexter's night cap." I honestly was shocked and elated at the same time.
My friend, "The Colonel," had found out the skin condition on Dexter's leg was cancer last Spring 2019. He had a road trip planned with his Beautiful Grandson,to drive The West Coast highway 1. He knew he had to give Dexter relief from this aggressive cancer. When it spread to the other leg, he brought Dexter to say our Goodbyes.
The Colonel and I visited for a long while, then he turned to me and said, "I know I cannot make it without Dexter. I want you to know we love you all, dearly." I knew that tone in his voice. I had only heard it when he had dreamed of being with Joan again. I tried to come up with some optimistic thoughts, including the trip he had been talking about non-stop.
I love you Colonel, Dexter, Joan and Betty.
The Colonel always had a story Of The Girl's, that would make me giggle.
I have suffered with many chronic diseases from having SLE LUPUS, eversince I was 13. Officially. The Colonel was such a kind and caring man who was making sure he enjoyed his time on Earth as he waited to see his Wife and family, again
God had Blessed us with him in our lives.
Rob and Roxie Yetter
March 20, 2020
Art, aka Colonel, was a wonderful neighbor to us for many years. He was a friend to our kids when they were young and to us in later years. He always had great stories, and great advice. We moved from the neighborhood a few years ago, and one of the things we missed the most was Art stopping to chat as he passed by on one of his walks. He will be missed.