COFFEYVILLE — Herbert Don Shira, 92, of Coffeyville passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.
He was born on Sept. 24, 1927, on the family farm near the city of Labette. Don grew up in Labette County, where he attended rural schools and completed his education, graduating from Labette County Community High School.
Don was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
On Sept. 24, 1947, he married Evelyn Louise Wheelen. Following their marriage, they made their home in Oswego, Parsons and Coffeyville, where they raised their daughters. Evelyn preceded him in death on Oct. 18, 1988.
On Nov. 26, 1989, he married Patty Hart. She survives at the home in Coffeyville.
Don retired as purchasing agent for Automotive Control Corp. in Independence. Having previously worked at Haskett & Pedlar Auto Supply in Parsons, Carter Automotive Warehouse and Funk Manufacturing, both in Coffeyville.
Don was a longtime active member of First Southern Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking. He also enjoyed going to sales and buying furniture to repurpose. For many years he was known as the “man on Third Street that sold chest of drawers.” Don loved spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Patty of the home; his daughters, Ruth Bardwell and her husband, Steve, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Carmen Dissing and her husband, Dennis, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his stepchildren, Susan Pipkin of Aurora, Colorado, Marlene Koch of Coffeyville, Becky Chronister and Dale Hart, both of Pittsburg, and Ellen Parsons of Reeds Spring, Missouri; a sister, Martha A. Frier of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Vanessa Wallace, Joshua Pipkin, Daniel Pipkin, Levi Chronister, Kaylee Koch, Aaron Parsons, Jessica Parsons and Charlie Parsons; and nine great-grandchildren, Alexa Wallace, Ryan Pipkin, Maddie Pipkin, Emma Pipkin, Claire Pipkin, Aubrey Pipkin, Theo Chronister, Johnathan Parsons and Easton Parsons.
He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Aaron Bardwell and Jason Koch.
The service was on Friday at First Southern Baptist Church with Pastor Luke Oldweiler officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, Coffeyville.
The family suggests memorials to First Southern Baptist Church, and contributions may be left at or mailed to David W. Barnes Funeral Home, 306 North Cline Road, Coffeyville, KS 67337.
Online condolences may be left at www.dwbfh.com.