Richard L. Shew


Posted: Friday, January 02, 2004

Former Juneau resident Richard L. Shew, 75, died Dec. 28, 2003, in Aurora, Ore.

He was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Yuba City, Calif. He moved to Juneau when he was 5. He fished commercially for salmon and halibut, and worked for the Alaska Road Commission out of Juneau. While in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was stationed in Alaska.

He moved to Oregon in 1964. He continued commercial fishing off the Oregon, California and British Columbia coasts. He married Sandra Gardner on Dec. 3, 1967, in Stevenson, Wash.

He enjoyed fishing and, in 1973, built his own boat, the Aurora Maid. He also worked for OK Rubber and Buds Auto Repair in Canby, Ore., and was a member of the Maplewood Grange in Aurora for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra; sons, Richard and Ronald of Hubbard, Ore.; daughters, Dana Shands of Mount Angel, Ore., Dona Fetters of Canby, Ore., and Bonny Jean Brooks of Canby, Ore.; brother, L. John Shew; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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