William R. 'Bill' Shirley, 75, passed away May 31, 2007. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Caroline Shirley; children, Steve (Cheryl) Shirley, Tom (Joy) Shirley, Susan (Duane) Enck, all of Pueblo, and Cathy (Mark) Persons of Tennessee; grandchildren, Stephanie Shirley (Josh Thompson), Stacie Shirley (Mario Mattivi), Megan Shirley, Michael Shirley, Matthew Enck, Erica Enck, Cindy (Luke) St. Clair, John Persons and Deanna Persons; great-granddaughter, Jocelyn Thompson; and siblings, Viola Erskine, Eugene (Twila) Shirley and Lu (Sam) Putao. Preceded in death by his son, Michael Shirley; parents, Raymond and Pauline Shirley; and sisters, Ruth Asher, Elizabeth Ferguson and Fern Pitcock. Bill was born April 1, 1932, in Pueblo. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Bill was an educator for many years, at Pueblo County High School, before becoming an administrator for Pueblo School District 70. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church and a member of Silver State Lodge No. 95, AF&AM. Bill was an avid golfer and also enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Viewing from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Funeral service, 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2007, at First United Methodist Church, 11th and Court, with the Reverend Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of your loss and am thinking of you. While I did not personally know William I certainly see the powerful impact that he had by knowing some of the family. We are never ready to lose a loved one but they come and go forever leaving an impression on our mind, and we are never the same. God be with you.

    Dick Smith

  2. Steve and family; I am sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that Mary and I are thinking of your during this period in your lives.
    Jeff and Mary

  3. Bill Shirley was one of my favorite teachers of all time. He and my father went to school together and Bill told me a couple of stories about it and reminding me that my Dad wouldn’t mind Bill “straightening me out” if I needed it. I always respected and appreciated him. He never pulled any punches but would do anything for you if you were staight with him. I am sorry to hear of your loss. There must be shortage of good teachers in heaven.

  4. I was Mr. Shirley’s student and I worked for him during the 1980s. I really respected him as a teacher and boss. My condolences to you folks. He was a very nice man.

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