OBITUARY

Donald Rudell Shervey

November 25, 1921January 28, 2019

Donald Rudell Shervey, age 97, of Vancouver, Washington, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2019. Don was born November 25, 1921 in Columbus, North Dakota to Severin and Ovedia Shervey. He was the oldest of five children. Don made the best of living so far north and spent his time skiing and ice skating. He and his friends had their fun together, occasionally hopping trains. When Don was in his early twenties the family moved to the St Johns Woods of Portland, Oregon, where work was plentiful in the shipyards.

Don enlisted in the Army in 1942. He was sent to Normandy during WWII and served various campaigns throughout Europe, earning him a Bronze Star. He went on to attend college in Germany studying Mechanics. Donald also saw combat in the Korean War.

Upon returning to the States, Don secured work in the log mills. After working for some time within that industry he made the switch to working for Multnomah County. He started as a painter and worked his way up to Painting Supervisor/Inspector. He worked for the county until his retirement.

In 1959 Don joined the Cascade Sports Car Club and ended up being a lifetime member. He was also member of the Continental Team. Don participated in many Rose Cups and had a hand in starting the Portland International Raceway in what was the Vanport neighborhood or Portland. Don drove in the Rose Parade and St Johns Parade. His name is recorded in Historical Racing of Portland. He won many awards for racing, including the Northwest Champion B Improved Production. At the age of 90 he traveled to Indianapolis to drive the Indy car track. His car wouldn’t start at the beginning of the race. It finally started when the others were about ¾ around the track. He caught up to the back of the pack going 180 mph and was the oldest driver to top that speed in history! Of course Don was in many accidents, but Don's explanation... they were never his fault.

Don was the father of 10 children. Donny, Linda, Gary, Wayne, Randy & Ronda; Dennis, Debbie, Curtis, and Dawn; fourteen grandchildren, thirty four great-grandchildren and five great-great-children, the newest born Christmas Day 2018.

Don really enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved ballroom dancing. If he wasn’t working on cars in the backyard or out driving, he was having a blast dancing. He also went to many swap meets. Don was also a talented artist; drawing being his strong suit. He was always doodling something!

Donald was preceded in death by; father Severin Shervey; mother Ovedia Shervey; all of his siblings: Arlene, Earl, Andy, Merlyn and their spouses; and children Donny Dotson, Gary Shervey, Wayne Shervey, Dennis Shervey, and Curtis Shervey.

Don will be remembered as an exhilarating man with great charisma! Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.skylinememorialgardens.com for the Shervey family.

The family wishes to thank Kaiser Hospice Care and Home Health Providers for their help, care, and compassion for our father. A very big thank you with great appreciation to Wendy and her dog Shelby for her long in home care for Dad. The family also wishes to thank Michelle and Ryan of Skyline Memorial Gardens for their kind and compassionate help, and Chaplain Larry Hansen.

Services

9 March

Visitation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR 97229

9 March

Funeral Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR 97229

9 March

Committal Service

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR 97229

9 March

Reception

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home

4101 NW Skyline Blvd.
Portland, OR 97229

REMEMBERING

Donald Rudell Shervey

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Debra Shervey

February 12, 2019

I have many fond memories of my Dad, too many to count. I will always remember how Dad used to sing to me and my little brother Curtis on the way to Grandma's and Grandpa's, we thought it was hilarious and would sing along with him. When Dad would come back from work, me and my little brother would rush out to him and fight over who would carry his lunch box into the house. Dad often took us for rides in his racecars, namely his red Ferrari, and we were able to make a victory laps with him in Canada. We took turns holding a flag...we were so proud of him! Love and miss you Dad, you will always be in my heart...Your daughter Debbie

Stephanie Fuhrer

February 12, 2019

One of my fondest memories of my Grandpa was when my sister, Cousin Tai and myself got to ride in the back (laying down) of one of his corvettes..we had a blast! We started calling him grandpappy and he returned with calling us grandkittens! I also remember going to the parades and watching him drive by in his "famous" corvette! Love you Grandpa!

Bruce W Hall

February 7, 2019

We want to express our condolences , but also send our thanks and appreciation for the great service that Donald gave to our great country and the sacrifices he made , so we could all enjoy our Freedom!
Donald was a member of VFW Post 1325 at one time and then he moved to Vancouver, so we only saw him a few times, but we wanted to remember and honor him for what he done for our great country.

Sincerely,
Bruce W Hall, commander
VFW Post 1325

Debra Shervey

February 5, 2019

Dearest Dad,
With tears and a broken heart, I had to say goodbye on these cold winter days.
Though I am not near and could not be there to say my final goodbye, I will
remember the good times and try not to be sad. I will always remember our
last conversation, just before you passed into our loving Creators arms, we
were able to say “I love you”, to each other; that memory will I hold forever
in my heart. I miss you more than I can express and my love for you will never
grow less. I will hold you near and dear forever in my heart.

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
With all my love, your daughter Debbie

Debra Shervey

January 30, 2019

Dad when he was serving our country. 💖

Debra Shervey

January 30, 2019

Dad's Racing Days

Debra Shervey

January 30, 2019

To My Beloved Father,
The Broken Chain
I little knew that morning. God was going to call your name,
In life I loved you dearly, in death, I do the same.
It broke my heart to lose you, you did not go alone,
for part of me went with you, the day God called you home.
You left me beautiful memories your love is still my guide,
and though we cannot see you, you're always at my side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same,
but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
Ron Tranmer

Dad, though you are now in the arms of our loving creator, you will always be near and in our hearts. Your memory will live on forever in our hearts. I love you and miss you Dad. <3

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY