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John Shaw

John William Shaw

Wednesday, August 24th, 1932 - Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
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Obituary

Pastor Bill (John) Shaw, 87, of Akron, PA, passed on to his heavenly home on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at home under hospice care.

Originally from Wisconsin and Iowa, he was the son of the late John and Bonita Shaw. He was a US Navy and Air Force veteran, serving as a radarman during the Korean War. He graduated from Columbia Bible College, where he met his wife Barbara Rupp. They celebrated 58 years of marriage this year.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Colleen (Kevin) Walters of Niger, Africa, Amy (Eric) Hurley of Jacksonville, NC, Daniel (Esther) Shaw of Kenya, Africa and Akron, PA, Marci (Stewart) Stevens of Richville, NY and Heidi (Raymond) Rutter of Akron, PA.

Bill had a unique sense of humor enjoyed by his 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The little ones were all his "punky-wunks” or “sweetypies." His humor was also appreciated by many friends whom he ministered to and loved all over the world. One of his students called Bill "the oldest teenager he knew."

His surviving sister, Martha Shaw, lives in Clarksville, IA. He was predeceased by three additional sisters, Myrtle (Roy) Alexander, Virginia (Vic) Busse and Dorothy Solomon.

Bill loved being a pastor for over 50 years. His ministries included, Pastor of Effie Rose Mission in Sumter, SC; Mt Olive Bible Church in Opp, AL; in Liberty, PA, he served under Rural Home Missions and with New Tribe Mission, working with the Catuquina Indians in the Amazon area of Brazil. (His family's "faith adventure" is documented in their book Journey to the Amazon.) He also served at 1st Congregational Church in Brier Hill, NY; on staff at Sacandaga Bible Conference in Broadalbin, NY; Pastor of Crown Point Bible Church in NY and at a rehab for addicts at TLC in West Park, NY.

Locally, he was Pastor for 10 years at Washington Ave. Bible Church, Ephrata, PA. He also served for seven years with Friendship Community, where he retired.

Bill was known to be a man of faith, love and prayer.

A viewing will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019, from 6 to 8 PM at Stradling Funeral Home, 30 9th Street, Akron. An additional viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, from 10 to 11 AM at the Bible Baptist Church, 45 S. 9th Street, Akron, followed by funeral services at 11:00 AM with Pastor Steve Hollinger officiating. Interment will be private at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, November 25th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, November 25th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Stradling Funeral Home
    Address
    30 North Ninth Street
    Akron, PA 17501
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Bible Baptist Church
    Address
    45 S. 9th Street
    Akron, PA 17501
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Bible Baptist Church
    Address
    45 S. 9th Street
    Akron, PA 17501
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  • Interment

    Location
    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    Address
    RR#2, Box 484
    Annville, PA 17003
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Posted at 08:29am
Thoughts and prayers from your family at PC3 Jacksonville.
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Elizabeth Martin

Posted at 07:30pm
When Pastor Bill was our Pastor at WABC in Ephrata, one of the things he would do is call us every birthday and anniversary and also call right before a surgery and pray with us. He was a great preacher, teacher and prankster. I used to love when he would tease my husband from the pulpit! I also loved his honesty and directness. He truly loved our Lord and Savior and wanted every ear to hear the gospel. Pastor Bill loved singing too and I enjoyed hearing him sing parts to old hymns and praise choruses. Until we meet again!
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Posted at 02:58pm
With sympathy from Mark and Roseann Charlton
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Dave

Posted at 02:42pm
Its always difficult to lose another dear friend. He was always known to me as "Red", to others as "Bill" or "John." The times of playing ball, fishing, hunting and having him as part of my growing up years will be in my memories for ever.
We send heartfelt condolences to Barb and family.
Dave & lola Clark
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