Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Norman Shire


May 10, 2006

Mass of Christian Burial for Norman O. Shire, 85, Leavenworth, was Wednesday, May 10, at St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church, Lansing, with inurnment in Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors.

Mr. Shire died Monday, May 1, 2006.

He was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the son of Wesley and Frances R. (Park) Shire.

A member of the 4th Marines, he served in China as part of the last China Band.

He was captured at the fall of Corregidor in the Philippines and served 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Japan.

After his release, he again served his country in the Korean War.

He retired from military service in 1959 and began teaching high school in 1963, retiring again 20 years later.

Mr. Shire had been active in civic and military organizations, including the Lions Club, Leavenworth Ex-POW Chapter, Kansas Education Association, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Historical Society, mental health associations and others.

He attended St. Frances de Sales Catholic Church.

He married Estella J. Cadwallader on Sept. 20, 1946. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include three daughters, Theresa Brittingham, Leavenworth, Elaine Campbell, Lansing, and Frances Hunn, Peoria, Ariz.; a son, Michael, Auburn; two brothers; a sister; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to the Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center in memory of Norman Shire for the Nursing Home Palliative Care.

Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at


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