- 92 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 21, 1923
- Place of birth:
Detroit, Michigan, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 25, 2016
- Place of passing:
Englewood, Florida, United States
|Let the memory of William be with us forever|
William Franklin Shiflet (Bill) died in his Englewood, FL home on April 25, 2016 of natural causes. He was born in 1923 near Detroit, MI. He attended high school and college in the Detroit area, graduating in 1943 with a mechanical engineering degree from Lawrence Institute of Technology. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII as a foot soldier until injured. Among his many awards, he received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Upon recovering he was transferred to the 3rd Army Headquarters under General Patton and served in the map room. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant before the war ended. After the war he returned home, met and married Mary (Kay) Deneweth in 1951. In 1955 they moved to CA, settled in Rancho Cordova, and worked at Aerojet until he retired.
He was preceded in death by his wife Kay (1997) and younger brother Robert Henry Shiflet (2011). He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Robyn Shiflet, and his four children, Kathy (Eric) Fellersen, William (Alicia) Shiflet, Kristin (Jim) Hleuka, and Kurt (Michelle) Shiflet, and his grandchildren Devin, Ericka, William, Zachary, Karina, Kayla, Lahre and Shawn.
Services will be held at St. John Vianney, our family parish, in Rancho Cordova on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Graveside services will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Sacramento at 2:00 p.m. He will be greatly missed!
William may be kindly remembered at icscremationandfunerals.org
We miss you terribly and wish you could have been here to celebrate your 93rd birthday. You are gone but never will be forgotten.
"I wanted to leave a message for a birthday wish. I know your birthday was on July 21, 1923. I've been working and wanted to say something in your memory. As the birthday has passed know you have not been forgotten by a person that gave you all the TLC I had during our time together. My favorite story is about placing the evening eye drops in your eyes. This was done prior to my leaving for the evening. I would ask if it
were time for the eye drops? You would say "Right." So I'd run to the kitchen to get them. Then run back to the bedroom trying to get there before you would lie down. You'd see this was our way of laughing and playing. I'd have the bed covers pulled down and grab the pillow to place under your head. Most of the time I did it, and then we'd laugh! I miss these special times. 7-21-1923 is the day of your birth. What you have given to me is pure Joy and I SMILE when I put eye drops in my eyes. With much love, Rustee"
I spent the evening with your lovely daughter, Kris, yesterday, as she led us in yoga on the beach. How perfect that it should have been a prelude to your birthday. May you be resting in peace with Kay on this, the 93rd anniversary of your birth.
"Many adjectives can describe an individual...For Sandy and I, BILL can be best described as a kind, generous, understanding, Joyful, helpful Man but most of all Bill was our Dear FRIEND....
I miss your laughter, fun, and gentleness. I miss the things I used to do for you
I miss the time, now filled with emptiness, When each day was a stage for something new.
I miss your presence, like a silent chord That anchored even solitude in grace.
I miss, for my love's labor, the reward Of seeing some small pleasure in your face
All these I miss, and yet they are all here Within our heart, far more than I can bear.
kris & Jim, Karina & Kayla...Sandy And I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and
sorrow for the loss of a great man.. DAD... MR. BILL..."
"We will miss you dear friend. We had a lot of good times at the beach and just sitting around talking and laughing. We lift a glass to you and will remember you always.
Rest in peace, your friends, Jim and LaVoy"
"Dear Kris, Jim, Kayla, Karina & all members of Bill's family,
My heart & love go out to you during this difficult time. I am so glad that you have so many wonderful & precious memories to hold forever in your hearts to help comfort you. Lots of love, Barbie & Richard"
"I am proud to have known Bill through the years I have lived on Manesota Key beach. I first met Bill in early 2008 I needed a tool and I was told by a neighbor to go see Bill. Bill had every tool known to man and knew how to use them. He told me stories of his wartime career and of his life. I am grateful to have known Bill. You will be missed.
"My Dear Bill,
You were more than a brother-in-law, more like the Brother I never had. I shall miss you, but am thankful for all the good memories.
My Sympathy to Robyn and all the family.
Love, Doris Deneweth"
"Oh, Bill, I did not know you, but how I honor you, for all that you were as a father, a husband and heroic veteran! As I get to know Kris, I thank you for giving her to the world. May you already be reunited in Heaven with your loved-ones! With Deep Appreciation, Rev. Sarah"
"As a youngster I considered Mr. Shiflet the ideal father. He would take his children and us, their friends, out on the boat on Folsom Lake and generously give his time so we could water ski. We had picnics at Cameron Park and trips to the ocean in the camper while he ran the Dipsea Race in Marin. I always admired that he would work all day at Aerojet and then go for a run on his way home! I wish I had his energy. He was indeed special!"
"We met Bill and Robyn in 2006 in Englewood. Since then, we've had a wonderful relationship including the trip to California for Bill's 90th birthday. At 90, Bill walked the Golden Gate Bridge- always young in spirit! Our thoughts and prayers are with Robyn and his family. My other "Dad" will be missed. Pat and Barry Ruhl, Southampton ON"
"It has been an honor and a pleasure to have been a part of assisting Mr.
Bill the last ten weeks. We went to Port Charlotte. He would always wear his WW II Veteran Ball Cap. What a proud moment in time, men would come up to him and say, "Thank You for your Service." He would
nod his head. I was so proud I almost cried! Thanks for the memories.
R.I.P. Mr. Bill"
"My Darling Husband, I am so grateful for your last message, it brought great peace. I know you are in a better place with Kay. I am thankful for the time we had together and the good memories. May God Bless you and yours, I will love you until the end.
Robyn Sunada Shiflet"
"We didn't know Bill and Robyn all that well but we knew Bill to be an energetic and ambitious man for his age and he had a good sense of humor. We know he will be missed by all that knew him. Sorry for your loss.
Jim and Leona DeKeyser"
"Kristin, Jim, Kathy, and the rest of the Shiflet family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Your Dad and Mom were prime examples of how to raise a family properly.
"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed, and very dear.""
"A wonderful man and father. May he rest in peace in the glory of God's eternal light. Sending prayers for the family as you pass through this most difficult time."
"Dad, you kept your class, your grace, and your sense of humor right up until the end. I will never forget the sight of you looking up above and reaching up while mouthing the word "Okay." I imagine it was to Mom. I will be forever grateful that I had the honor of holding your hand with my head on your shoulder as you left this world."
"We were so lucky to have known you for the last four years Bill. You will be truly missed. God Bless and keep your family strong. Chris and Jim and family, we are so sorry for your loss.
Elaine and John Piccoli"
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