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Delmer F. Shaw
Obituary for
Delmer F. Shaw
Submitted by: Bob Chada


© The Guthrie News Leader
Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Delmer F. Shaw, age 86, passed away Monday, February 2, 2004. He was born in Coyle, March 8, 1917 to Edwin H. and Sarah Cathren Shaw. On September 13, 1936, he married Lorraine Steen. His career as a locomotive engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad was interrupted by 3 years serving in the Army Air Force. He was a bomb site specialist stationed in the South Pacific. After the War, he continued his work for the Santa Fe, living most of his working years in Arkansas City, Kansas. Upon retirement in 1977, he and Lorraine moved to their current residence in Guthrie.
He was a member of the First Christian Church, National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees, VFW, Masonic Lodge, United Transportation Union, Oklahoma Historical Society, and the Logan County Genealogical Society.
Del called himself an "amateur student historian", but the breadth of his historical knowledge far surpassed "amateur". The tales of his youth in Coyle, war stories from the South Pacific, life working for the Santa Fe, and the excitement of the outlaws and U. S. Marshalls in early day Oklahoma were never ending! His personal library of Oklahoma history is remarkable and with devotion to his research, he truly became an expert on Oklahoma History.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, of 67 years, his daughter Delrayne Johnson and husband Terry of Casper, WY; grandchildren Sarah Cheezun and husband David of Rock Springs, WY, Patrick Johnson of Casper, WY, and Ann Johnson of Denver, CO; nephews Charles Minnich and wife Thelma of Guthrie, Richard Lyle Shaw and wife Faye of Rainier, OR; nieces Harriet Willis and husband Bill of Guthrie, Katherine Ball and husband Buddy of Midwest City, Ann Sennhenn and husband Gordon of Broken Arrow, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Lowell Shaw, sister Ruby L. Minnich brother Olonzo J. Shaw, and nephew Bryan Shaw.
The funeral will be held Friday, February 6, 1:30 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home with Dennis Clark officiating. In lieu of flowers, contrubutions may be made to the First Christian Church Memorial Fund.
Friends may call Thursday until 8 p.m. and Friday until 1 p.m. The casket will not be opened after the services.


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