Henry Clayton Shidler, 60, of Hymera, went to be with his Savior on Monday, July 16, 2018. He was born on June 13, 1958, in Terre Haute, to Gilbert and Marietta (Halberstadt) Shidler. He married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Himebrook, on Aug. 11, 1979.
Clay was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Jon and Mary K. Himebrook.
Clay is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Patty, of Hymera; sons, Joshua Clayton (Anna) Shidler of Terre Haute and Justin Andrew (Heather) Shidler of Hymera; a daughter, Shannon Mary Christina of Hymera; six grandchildren who were the light of his life, Braxton, Alyssa, Jensen, Blaizze, Blakelynn and Beau; two brothers, Terry (Cassie) Walton of Terre Haute and Estel (Cindy) Shidler of Hymera; and his baby sister, Candy (Tony) Auman; brothers-in-law, Kenneth (Rhonda) Himebrook and Richard (Charlotte) Himebrook, all of Hymera; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Randy (Kathy) Compton and Phil (Brenda) Ivy.
Clay was a 31-year member of the Hymera, Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, currently serving as fire chief and EMT. He was committed to serving his community. He was a member and deacon of Hymera First Baptist Church, and Hymera Masonic Lodge #588. He enjoyed coaching his children in baseball and loved to support his grandchildren in their sporting events. He and Patty loved to travel and only had seven states left to have traveled in all 50 of the United States. His goodbye to his grandchildren was "buddy shake always," always and forever.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Hymera First Baptist Church, with the Revs. Curt Bedwell and Larry Ricketts officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. on Saturday until service time at 2 p.m. There will be an IVFA service at 7 p.m. on Friday. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hymera Jackson Township VFD; envelopes will be available at the church. Holmes Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery in Farmersburg.
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