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John H. Shaw

May 9, 1921 ~ March 5, 2017 (age 95)

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John H. Shaw              “beloved husband, father and grandfather”

OLEAN, NY---John H. Shaw, 95, of Olean and a former lifelong resident of Bolivar, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 5, 2017, in his home surrounded by his loving family, after a short illness.

Born on May 9, 1921 in Buffalo, he was a son of Harry J. and Mae Shaw.  On April 29, 1945 in the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Shinglehouse, Pa., he married Viola C. “Vi” Chain, who survives.

He was a graduate of South Park High School in Buffalo.  Mr. Shaw was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne, during World War II, where he was a part of the invasion on D-Day and was one of the many fellow soldiers that were surrounded in the Battle of Bulge.  John was awarded many medals for his bravery and courage, one being for carrying a wounded fellow soldier to safety, saving his life.

He was employed for many years for Bradley Producers in Wellsville and later was employed at Air-Preheater (now Alstrom) in Wellsville, retiring in 1983, after 19 years of service.

Mr. Shaw was a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Shinglehouse, which his father-in-law and mother-in-law founded,and where he served as an elder for many years.  He enjoyed working on his home and his son’s home and playing golf with his son.  He loved being with his family, loved talking about the war days, the Bible, and telling jokes.  He also enjoyed watching the Bills and the Cubs.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, John (Cheryl) Shaw of Munford, TN, Nancy (Ron) Moreci of Chandler, Arizona, and Richard “Rick” (Diana) Shaw of Olean; eight grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Mr. Shaw was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Bancroft.

Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. David Herne, pastor of Heritage AFlame Ministries, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Homecare and Hospice, 1225 W. State Street, Olean, NY 14760.

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 Service Information

March 9, 2017

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Shinglehouse, PA

Funeral Service
March 9, 2017

1:00 PM
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
Shinglehouse, PA

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