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Robert S Shaw

July 12, 1932 ~ April 27, 2021 (age 88)


Robert S. Shaw, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on April 27th at Parkview Hospital, Randallia. He was born in Lansing, Michigan to Orrice L. and Elvira (Draths) Shaw in 1932. He graduated North Side High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and often spoke fondly of his duties carried out instructing pilots on using oxygen equipment for altitude simulation training in Laredo Texas. After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi together,  Robert and Eleanor, his wife of 61 years, moved to Ft. Wayne. After receiving his Masters from then St. Francis College, he began a long teaching career in accounting, business and economics.  He closed out his teaching career after several years at Leo High school, where the students lovingly referred to him as 'Uncle Bud.' He then transitioned to a successful real estate and investment property management career. Eleanor taught at Snider High School, Fort Wayne, for 30 years. Bob and Ellie loved to play golf and retired to central Florida for a life of leisure on the course, eventually to return to Fort Wayne to be near family, while coping with Ellie's Alzheimers diagnosis. Bob will be remembered for his ready laughter and joking attitude with people he barely knew, quick with a quip and some bit of wisdom gained, no doubt, from his large personal library. Other hobbies included landscape gardening and bird watching. Robert is survived by his wife, Eleanor; siblings, Barbara Blackwell (Carroll) and Thomas Shaw (Nancy); children, Mark S. Shaw, Ft. Wayne and Ann M. Thomas (Michael), Cape Coral, Florida; grandchildren Matthew M. Thomas (Leah), Andrew M. Thomas (Hilary) of Ft. Wayne and Monica A. Thomas of Chicago and two great granddaughters, Emmersyn and Madison.Preceded in death by his parents, younger brother, James and son, Timothy. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St Jude Catholic Church, 2130 Pemberton Dr with calling one hour prior.  Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Hospice.  To sign the online guest book, go to


Mass of Christian Burial
May 15, 2021

11:00 AM
Saint Jude Catholic Church

Please note
Calling one hour prior at church
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