|Eldon Gene Shaw, 69, of Edgewood, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. He was born September 15, 1942, in rural Edgewood, the son of Lloyd W. and Vanita M. (Smock) Shaw. Eldon was raised and educated in the Edgewood School System and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1962. He was honorably discharged in 1963.
On April 4, 1964, Eldon was united in marriage to Dorthy Meisner in Elgin. Three children were born to this union. Together they made their home in Manchester, near Delhi for a year, and then to a farm north of Edgewood, living there until 1971 when they moved to Edgewood.
Eldon worked as a welder for Harnischfeger Corp. in Cedar Rapids and also for Bradco/ATI in Delhi. He was a member of the Edgewood American Legion Post #512. Eldon enjoyed watching NASCAR and golf on television, and loved taking care of his lawn and garden.
Survivors include his wife, Dorthy Shaw of Edgewood; two daughters, Annette (Jeff) Heims of Dundee and Dawn (Rob) Medberry of Volga; one son, Earl (Teresa) Shaw of Manchester; 11 grandchildren, Jake (special friend, Mary Jo Welcher) of Manchester, Brad, Rachel, and Calvin Heims, all of Dundee, Max, Madelin, Maria, and Mayleigh Medberry of Volga, Spencer, Brendon, and Trent Shaw of Manchester; two great-grandchildren, Rayleigh and Jackson Heims of Manchester; two sisters, Linda (the late Russell) Hauschild of Edgewood and Twila (Nelson) Converse of Postville; one brother, Les (Vicky) Shaw of Emory, Texas; brothers-in-law, Mervin (the late Elva Mae) Larson of Postville, George (Barbara) Lerch of El Reno, Oklahoma, Lyle (Chris) Meisner of Clermont, Ivan (Jeannie) Meisner of Farmersburg, and Glen (Kathy) Meisner of Iowa City; one sister-in-law, Edith (the late Lawrence Lerch) Seitz of Elkader; three aunts, JoAnn (Jim) Jensen of Finchford, Janet Akana of Orangeville, California, and Judy (the late Ted) Smock of Cedar Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
Eldon was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Vanita Shaw; his paternal grandparents, Earl and Ida Shaw; and his maternal grandparents, Ted and Pearl Smock.