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

Posted by Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsb... on April 26, 2021
Dear Bill,
   May you be resting in eternal joy and peace!
   - Rev. Sarah
Posted by Barbie Terpstra on April 25, 2021
5 years in Heaven, Bill. May the many loving memories continue to comfort Kris, Jim, Kayla & Karina & your entire family. I wish much Peace for them on this remembrance day of your passing. Much Love, Barbie
Posted by Kris Hleuka on April 25, 2021
Five years, Dad. You are still missed, loved, and thought of so often with gratitude, appreciation and love.
Posted by Barbie Terpstra on July 22, 2020
Happy Birthday in Heaven Bill. May loving memories comfort Kris, Jim, Kayla & Karina & your entire family.
Posted by Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsb... on July 21, 2020
May you have a truly Heavenly Birthday, William!
Posted by Kris Hleuka on April 25, 2020
On the 4th Anniversary of your joining Mom, we miss you terribly. And you would hate the “progress” on Manasota Key and the state of the world today.
However, there is a bright spot TODAY that you would be so pleased with and proud of!!! Karina graduates today from Florida International University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. You were her inspiration to persevere despite the difficulties. We will always remember the tears of joy in your eyes when she was the only one who could solve the math “puzzle” that someone you knew challenged her with! 
The crowning glory is the graduation TODAY, the very day of your passing. We KNOW you will be with us in spirit as we celebrate her tonight!
Posted by "Rustee" Peters on July 21, 2019
How can you say enough great things about a man that made such a great impression? I was a caregiver for Mr. Bill. We laughed and played. He made my job fun. I enjoyed coming to work. I would not say it was work. It was a joy to assist him. I think about him often. He's not forgotten, especially when I visit Manasota Key. FOREVER LOVED Rustee
Posted by Barbie Terpstra on April 25, 2019
Sending loving thoughts to Kris, Jim, Kayla & Karina and the rest of Bill's family today. May the many good memories comfort you on this anniversary. XOXO
Posted by Barbie Terpstra on April 25, 2018
Loving & heartfelt thoughts are sent today to Kris, Jim, Kayla, Karina & all of Bill's family. May the wonderful memories of your life comfort all your loved ones.
Posted by Kathy Fellersen on April 25, 2017
It's been a year since you left us. The time seems to have passed so quickly. I miss you, and think of you often.
Posted by Kris Hleuka on April 25, 2017
Dad, in honor of today, the one-year anniversary of your passing, I am just getting back from spending quality time with Aunt Doris, 95 yrs old, and one of your favorite people. We spoke of you often, looked at pictures, and laughed in remembrance of old times. Also in memory of you, Jim is offering to accompany the World War II vets on the Honor Flight next month that you should be on. He can't help you anymore, but there are a few good men like you that he can still help and honor!
Posted by Kris Hleuka on August 4, 2016
We miss you terribly and wish you could have been here to celebrate your 93rd birthday. You are gone but never will be forgotten.
Love, Kris
Posted by "Rustee" Peters on August 4, 2016
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
Posted by Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsb... on July 21, 2016
Dear Bill,
   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.
  Reverend Sarah
Posted by Rene Depot on May 16, 2016
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...
Posted by James Walker on May 5, 2016
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
Posted by Barbie Terpstra on May 1, 2016
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
Posted by Marty Snyder on April 30, 2016
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.
Marty Snyder
Posted by Lori Stockton on April 29, 2016
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
Posted by Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsb... on April 28, 2016
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
Posted by Anne McCormick on April 27, 2016
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!
Posted by Barry Ruhl on April 27, 2016
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
Posted by "Rustee" Peters on April 27, 2016
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
Posted by Robyn Shiflet on April 27, 2016
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
Posted by Leona Leonard DeKeyser on April 27, 2016
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
Posted by Deborah Donaldson on April 27, 2016
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."
Posted by Brita Martinez on April 27, 2016
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.
Posted by Kris Hleuka on April 27, 2016
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.
Posted by Elaine Piccoli on April 27, 2016
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
Posted by ICS Cremation and Funeral... on April 26, 2016
R.I.P. Bill

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Posted by Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsb... on April 26, 2021
Dear Bill,
   May you be resting in eternal joy and peace!
   - Rev. Sarah
Posted by Barbie Terpstra on April 25, 2021
5 years in Heaven, Bill. May the many loving memories continue to comfort Kris, Jim, Kayla & Karina & your entire family. I wish much Peace for them on this remembrance day of your passing. Much Love, Barbie
Posted by Kris Hleuka on April 25, 2021
Five years, Dad. You are still missed, loved, and thought of so often with gratitude, appreciation and love.
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Shared by "Rustee" Peters on July 23, 2017

2 years and your smiling face is still etched in my memory. "What a Guy"

Bruce and I still talk about the time we spent with you prior to your passing. We mention the music that  was playing in your car that we enjoyed so much. I shall always have these memories of you. 


Rustee & Bruce

Shared by "Rustee" Peters on April 25, 2017

It's already been  one year since your passing. I will always think of you when I drive by Friendship Lane on Manasota Key. You  are now gone but not forgotten that's for sure. You are in my thoughts a lot. Thanks for the memories. Forever loved. "Rustee" & Bruce and of course our little dog Tinkerbell.

Bill's Beach Memorial

Shared by Kris Hleuka on May 5, 2016

William Franklin Shiflet

Beach Memorial

Manasota Key, Florida

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Officiant, Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsby


   Good Evening, and Welcome. Thank you for joining with as we honor Kris’s                                 beloved dad, William Franklin Shiflet. 

    His death was just as it should have been; peaceful and loving, as Kris rested her   head on his shoulder and held his hand, shepherding him from this life and sending him on to the next. Kris was grateful to be with him, and also glad that now he has gone home to God and to be reunited with Kris’s mother, Kay.

In spirit, Bill will always be with his loved ones here on earth, too --

Opening Prayer  

-- For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that  it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. 

And when you have reached the mountaintop, then you shall begin to climb. 

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

From The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran.


         Bill was a United States Army veteran, and in fact one of the heroes who   liberated France in World War II.  He was gruff,  but everyone agreed he was really     smart. Common sense smart, too. He valued intelligence and hard work and strength.  He had a great sense of humor.  In earlier days, he loved to attend the Jazz   Festival in CA with Kris’s mother. He loved jazz, swing, big band -- and Frank Sinatra.


     I asked Kris what she, as one of his daughters, remembers best about him when she was a child or a young woman? 


He really loved and supported me and all my hopes and dreams, she said, even if he didn't think something was a good thing for me to do, he didn't tell me not to do it    (except when I wanted to help an all-male crew sail a boat to Hawaii ! ) – other than that, my dad would tell me that I could do whatever it was, and what the  consequences might be, and then let me make my own decision.  Then I usually saw   it his way!

Bill also loved to travel and instilled that in Kris, supporting and financing her desire   to be an exchange student when she was only 16 and wanted to “see the world.”

 Like his father, who had discovered the charm of this town, and this street in the  early 1960s, Bill loved Old Englewood and the slow, salty, laid-back lifestyle here, as      well as golf, dining, drinking, oysters, fishing, boating, dancing, friends -- and in his later years, especially the warm climate!


When I asked Kris what she and her daughters loved most about her dad, she said, he was honest and fair and he had a big, soft heart even though most people didn't know how to access it.  My mom taught me how.  My girls called him "Sassy pants" and "the sassy little old man" --  but meant absolutely no disrespect.  They loved the way he spoke his mind with no holds barred.  Even though in his final years it was so    very hard for him to communicate, we could understand him.  My girls flanked him every Sunday at church -- he loved that and so did they.

             Kris, would you like to add anything?  (She speaks briefly)

This is a perfect moment for anyone else who would like to say a few words about  Bill, and the way he touched your life or the way you trust that you touched his?

 Flower Ritual

      If you will each take a flower now, in a moment we’ll go to the water’s edge, and symbolize Bill’s magnificent journey from this life to the next, by casting flowers  on the water. Once we are there, as you each commit your flower to the sea, please say a silent farewell to Bill, and in that way we’ll give him a sacred send-off.

 (Once everyone has their flower:)

 Kris, if you will walk forward first, and then Jim, and then the rest of us will flank you, standing on either side of you, like wings, for support, as Kris sends the first flower into the sea. And when all the flowers are floating, please stay at the water’s edge for a closing prayer.

 (As the flowers were thrown, a beautiful, blue heron appeared nearby and we wondered if he might be Bill, come to give his approval to the gathering! We stayed at the water’s edge for:)


Closing Prayer                    

I give you this one thought to keep - 

He is with you still – he does not sleep.

He is a thousand winds that blow,

He is the diamond glints on snow,

He is the sunlight on ripened grain,

He is the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,

He is the sweet uplifting rush,

of quiet birds in circled flight.

He is the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of him as gone - 

He is with you still in each new dawn.

 And now, please take a candle, to hold during the benediction. (we hand out flameless votives)



(from hymn, On Eagle's Wings)

 Now, as you are able, please hold your candle aloft during this brief benediction for Bill:

 William Franklin Shiflet, may God raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand. 


 Please rest your arms now by lowering your candles as I give you each this blessing:

 May the sun bring you new energy by day,

May the moon softly restore you by night,

May the rain wash away your worries,

May the breeze blow new strength into your being,

And May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.

 In God’s Name, Amen.


And now, let’s return to our altar and share a glass of champagne in Bill’s memory.