A Lover of Knowledge
John L. Shirey, 69, of Orangeville, passed away Thursday evening, October 20, 2005 at home.
He was born March 6, 1936 to John K. and Anna Rhine Shirey.
A 1957 graduate of Bloomsburg State Teachers College, he had been a teacher and surveyor and retired as a longtime water treatment plant operator for the Bloomsburg Municipal Authority.
Known as an interesting person, he loved knowledge, nature and the outdoors, cooking, sports, learning about all subjects, and striving to understand great mysteries and small puzzles.
He served four years in the U.S. Army, including disaster-relief assignments in South America as a helicopter-based medic.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Judith Bolling Shirey in 2004, and his father, John K. Shirey.
He is survived by his mother, Anna Rhine Shirey, of Lewistown, brother Samuel R. Shirey of Seneca, SC, son Mark T. Shirey of State College, daughter Gretchen Joy Shirey of Bloomsburg, and granddaughter Jocelyn Joy Shirey.
A private memorial will be held at the convenience of the family.