Earl Walter Shagley III

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Earl Walter Shagley III

August 07, 1943 - September 29, 2018

Earl Walter Shagley III died unexpectedly on September 29, 2018, in San Francisco, California, with his family, sisters and brother at his side. Earl is survived by his wife, Carren Shagley, his daughters, Jennifer Burden and Jessica Roine (Ruben), and grandchildren, Gabriel and Madeline.
Earl was born on August 7, 1943 in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Earl Walter Shagley, Jr. and Mary Ann Shagley (Rassel). Earl was the first of five children: Richard J. Shagley (Candace), Ann Shagley Sharp Berger (Elliott), Beth Wolfe (Gary), and Sally Lacey (Howard), and many nieces and nephews. Earl is also survived by thirty Cahill, Kelly, Prothero and Rassel first cousins and their families.
Earl graduated from Schulte High School and Indiana State University (ISU) with a BS degree, and pursued graduate studies at ISU. Earl was a life-long learner and continued to study and take classes throughout his life. Earl was an accomplished painter who shared his work with family and friends.
Earl was a veteran, having served honorably with Army Intelligence in Vietnam. Vietnam was traumatic for Earl as for so many others. Though relatively protected (and decorated) because of his expertise in safe-cracking, he saw and reflected on much violence. Not content with working through his own subsequent issues, he supported the San Francisco organization Swords to Plowshares and mentored many vets as they navigated the challenges of post-war adjustment.
No account of Earl's life would be complete without recording his sense of humor (a wide repertoire including practical jokes, off-color jokes and spur of the moment teasing), his immense skills in cooking (especially BBQ), his joy in bicycling and boating (including as a member of the Bay View Boat Club), his erratic but somewhat successful efforts learning Spanish, his pleasure in travel (especially to Mexico with Carren, friends and relatives), his love of Healdsburg (where he had a second home), and his career in real estate.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested. Memorial donations may be made to the Mary Ann Shagley Scholarship Fund at Indiana State University or The Shagley Family Fund at the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Inc.
Published on October 4, 2018
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2 posts

Debbie Kirk-Peters
Oct 09, 2018
I'm so sorry Rick. Losing a sibling is awful.
Susan Tucker Hedges
Oct 07, 2018
Earl lived a full life and will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched. Bill and I visited with him and Dorcas in San Francisco in the 1970s.. Sincere sympathies, Susan