Obituary of J.W. "Jake" Shiveley
J. W. (Jake) Shiveley, II was born Aug 2, 1933, in Odessa, MO. The first of five children of Murle and Helen Shiveley grew up on the Shiveley farm where they all lived and worked the rolling land and pastures alongside Jake’s grandfather and namesake, J. W. Shiveley I who played an influential role through-out his life. Jake was also a devoted son, writing weekly letters to his Mother through-out her entire life.
In ninth grade, Jake saw his first football game and thought it was something he could do so began playing football soon after. Ultimately, this led him to the University of Missouri football team where he made the team as a walk-on and later became a starter for the Mizzou Tigers playing left guard on both offense and defense. Jake received academic as well as athletic awards at Mizzou, but really enjoyed his football relationships, notably the life-long friendship he developed with his line coach Harry Smith.
Jake was an officer in the Army for several years, stationed in Germany, enjoyed living abroad, and liked showing slides of his travels there. Jake was also a loyal employee of Hormel for 38.5 years, working as a Livestock Buyer with area farmers in Springfield, MN.
Jake met and married the love of his life Karen who he fondly referred to as his “young sweet bride” into his late 80’s. They had an enduring wondrous marriage and worked diligently together, which included raising four children in Springfield.
Jake’s passion was gardening, particularly growing Dahlias, as he loved spending hours working outside in his garden, while his wife enjoyed photographing and designing flower arrangements with his dahlias.
Jake also enjoyed traveling to see his children and grand-children through-out the US and in Germany; teaching Sunday School at St John’s Lutheran Church, which included teaching his oldest son and classmates; participating in Springfield Community Theater plays Foreigner, Annie, State Fair; and serving his community on the Library Board.
Jake developed dementia and as his strong body declined, he did his best to accept it, living contentedly and well-cared for at St. John Lutheran Nursing Home, Springfield.
Jake is preceded by his sister, Kathryn Sonderegger and his beloved son, Jay W. Shiveley III (Lisa). He is survived by his devoted wife, Karen. His children: Sabrena (John), LeeAnn, Tim (Denisse). His adoring grandchildren: Aaron, Michael (Angela), Anna, Mary, Kristen, Keaton, Leighton, and Helen. And his great grandchildren: Lauren and Noah; along with his siblings, Julia Wheeler, Wayne and Terry (Ginny).
Dear Dad, you will be missed; we have been fortunate to have had you for 89-years (Aug 29, 2022) and blessed by your resilience, frugality, humbleness, and commitment to family and God.
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