George F. Shinham, 88

FEB. 23, 1924-NOV. 23, 2012

November 28, 2012
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Angels came Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, and carried George Fiery Shinham to his heavenly home. Born Feb. 23, 1924, in Clear Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Ralph and Anna Margaret Fiery-Shinham. He was formerly of Cearfoss Pike and a resident of Somerford Assisted Living.  

He was a 1942 graduate of Clear Spring High School, attended Drexel Institute of Technology, before being drafted into the Army Air Corps assigned to the 15th Air Force Squadron during World War II.

He was a POW survivor after his B24 bomber was shot down, during bombing missions over the Romanian oil fields. He was wounded, earning and awarded the Purple Heart.

After returning from the war, he was a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years, and also a substitute school bus driver.

He was a member of Salem Reform Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school.

He was a life member of the Maugansville Ruritan Club and a member of the Association of Former Prisoners of War in Romania.

After retirement, he enjoyed life by traveling, spending 13 winters with his wife, Marie, in Tucson, Ariz., and devoting his time helping others throughout the community. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, D. Marie Grimm-Shinham; children, C. David Shinham, wife Fannie of Hagerstown, Md., Mary Cianelli, husband Tom of Chico, Calif., Susan Holmes, husband Mark of Oak Ridge, N.C., Donald Shinham, wife Kimberly of Boiling Springs, Pa.; sisters, Dorothy Herold of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Peggy Beard of Camp Hill, Pa., Mary Downing of Ellicott City, Md., and Helen Bivens, husband Merrill of Chambersburg, Pa., loved by eight granddaughters, two grandsons, six great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and Family are invited to remember George on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Salem Reform Church, Salem Church Road, Hagerstown. A memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Steve Wagoner will officiate. Memorial donations can be made to Salem Reformed Church.

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