Frederick Martin Shira

June 16, 1929 ~
December 20, 2020

Frederick Martin Shira, age 91, of Wyoming, passed away to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 20, 2020. Fred was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. He loved to tell stories about his life working on the boats, and his 36 years of working at Blackmer Pump. He was preceded in death by his sister. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Norma (Rector) Shira of 65 years; children, Jerry and Jamie Shira, Janet and Bill Doezema, and Tom and Cathy Shira; 9 grandchildren, Jozie and Jay, Gracey and Nate, Jesse, Zion, Sam, Danny and Anne, Kaitie and Garrett, Andrew, and Stephen; 2 great-grandchildren, Raelynn, and Paxton; special family, Verne and Sandi Reed, and their children and families, Nikki and Jason, Todd and Meghan; brother, Harrison and Janet Shira. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 26 at 12 noon at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4031 Clyde Park SW, Wyoming, with Rev. Ryan Quanstrom officiating. Please join the family through live streaming of the service which can be viewed at by clicking the “Live Streams and Recordings” link at the top right corner of the page. Burial Kent Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Saturday from 11-12 at the funeral home prior to the service. Due to gathering restrictions, there will be a limit on the number of people who may enter the building at a time. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Clyde Park Church of the Nazarene.

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December 26, 2020 1:42pm
My dearest sympathy to the Shira family and friends. I am Jerry's brother-in-law. My continued prayers also at this time. The service was a great tribute to the man Fred was. He loved Jesus truly. It sure showed through the stories told at the service. What a devout Christian, husband, father, and friend to many! I thought it was just remarkable how he loved the church and how he'd invite whomever to the church. Again, my sympathy and prayers.

- Randy Vander Wal

December 22, 2020 1:52pm
I am very sorry for your loss. Fred's stories and smile were something I looked forward to hearing and seeing. Will be praying for all of you!

- Heather Kuiper

December 21, 2020 8:29pm
Norma and Family. I’m so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was truly a man of God. I’ve known him many many years. I believe Jerry was about 15 when Fred introduced his Son Jerry to us as a drummer. He was always very supportive of Jerry every time he played. Truly a great story teller. He will be missed. My prayers are with you all at this time. Karen

- Karen (Tague) Welniak

December 21, 2020 3:48pm
Norma and Family, we were so sorry to hear of Fred's passing away. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you sense God's love, goodness, and grace in the days and months ahead! We remember Fred as being one who was in the know of what was going on in the world and around the church. He was faithful to God and to others! He was very good at welcoming people and getting to know their names, etc. He was an excellent churchman! Norma, it's an example to all of us for the love and devotion you and Fred had for 65 years! We have fond memories of you all and are thankful for your love and service to God! Love you!

- Pastor Ed and Debbie Koteskey

December 21, 2020 2:24pm
"Well done thy good and faithful servant". Those are the words Fred is hearing today. He will truly be missed by all of us. Such a faithful servant of God. Dave remembers Fred as the very first person who greeted him the first time we visited Clyde Park Church of the Nazarene. Fred loved to deliver bulletins to those who missed church. He loved his church and served with a joyful heart. I don't think he missed many Sundays or Wednesdays during his lifetime. He would call me to let me know when there were special events at the church. He always called me when he had a financial or tax question and l always looked forward to visiting he and Norma for our annual tax preparation. I am so sorry that he had to be a victim of this terrible COVID. Norma, my prayers are with you and the entire family during this sad time. May God comfort you and give you peace. Please know that you are loved!

- Denise Nichols

December 21, 2020 2:04pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. Fred was a good guy. He was always very kind to me my thoughts and prayers to the whole family. RIP Fred!!

- Dottie Dietrich

December 21, 2020 11:00am
Shira family... While we celebrate Fred’s victory, please know that we sincerely care about the loss you feel. Sometimes it helps if someone simply says, “I care.” We do. When we remember and have spoken of Fred and our days of service together at Clyde Park, one word that comes to mind is “faithful.” That is to be celebrated!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days ahead. You remain special to us. Pastor Randy and Stephanie McCall

- Pastor Randy and Stephanie McCall

December 20, 2020 10:34pm
I am so sorry for your loss, Norma and family. I always enjoyed my visits with Fred at Ede's. He was a great Christian man and is dwelling with Christ. May God be with you all.

- Shirley DuBridge

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