Fredrick Jennings Shaw
May 2, 1921 ~ March 8, 2015
Fred Shaw died Sunday morning in his home in Forks, WA, at the age of 93.
Fred was born to Dora Church Shaw and Franc Shaw in Elma.
Following the death of his mother at age 1 year and 5 months, he was raised and loved by Myrtle and John Fuller and extended family, as well as the Church family.
Freddie was a big help on the Fuller farm as a young boy and during the Depression years.
He graduated from Elma High School in 1939 and worked for Simpson Logging Co. in McCleary, Washington, then for Bethlehem Steel in Seattle. Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October of 1942 and served during World War II in the South Pacific, earning three medals. He was stationed aboard the USS Salamaua, a carrier that took battle damage several times.
He met the love of his life, Forks, Washington native Carma Peterson, while stationed at Quillayute Air Base.
He and Carma were blessed with 8 children and married for 38 years, until her death in 1985.
Fred was a self-employed log truck driver and was a good mechanic.
In 1956-1957, the family lived in Cranbrook, British Columbia where he and a partner bought a sawmill and logging business. The family lived in Vancouver, Washington for six years where Fred had a working share in the Fort Vancouver Plywood Mill.
The woods called him back to Forks in 1964 and Fred resumed his log trucking once more, as well as driving chip truck for Allen Logging Company.
Fred was an avid reader and mechanic and loved to visit with people of all ages. He liked working around the farm and spending time in Alaska.
Fred and Carma became Christians as a young married couple and always attended their local Assembly of God Church where Fred served in many capacities for the Lord and for the church body.
He was a member of the Christian Businessmen Association for many years, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a conservative Republican.
He was also nominated locally as Honorary Pioneer Logger for his years of dedication to the trade.
Fred loved being an ambassador for Christ and serving theLord to his final days.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Carma, son Greg and grandson Danny Ray. Fred is survived by seven children, Karren (Ed) Tandberg,
Nancy Shaw, Linda (Glen) Ray, Christine (Brian) Sonntag, Jennifer (Cliff) Gilbert, Steve (Deanna) Shaw and Lance (Sabrina) Shaw; twenty-one
grandchildren, Dawn, Amy, Michael, Ed II, Christopher, Traci, Casey, Adriann, Regan, Annette, Jessica, Jocelyn, Tyler, Amanda, Jasmine, Boris,
Milli, Rex, Allisa, Axel and Angus; twenty-one greatgrandchildren Ryan, Lauren, Alexandra, McKenna, Brett, Samantha, Reilly, Helena, Danny Jr., Cole, Riley, Jon, Devin, Ethan, Taylor, Keegan, Cailin, Remi, Grayson, Emmylou and Kelten; three great-great-grandchildren, Daniel, Samuel and John; and abundant “grandchildren” at the Assembly of God in Forks.
Services were held Saturday, March 14, 2015, and officiated by Pastor Andy Pursley and Pastor and long-time friend of nearly 50 years, Art Morlin, at Forks Assembly of God Church. Memorial contributions go to Forks Assembly of God, designate “Missions-Alissa Shaw” 81 Huckleberry Lane, Forks, WA or Feeding 5000 weekly lunch program, WOPBA Feeding 5000, P O Box 2431, Forks, WA 98331.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. Rick Dickson, all the staff at Forks Community Hospital and Assured Hospice as well as Katherine Davis, Home Care Aide, with Oly-Cap, who devoted many months of care to Fred, along with Cheyenne Blumberg who joined in Fred’s care in the final month of his life.