Junior Shirey, 74

Virgil V. “Junior” Shirey, 74, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 9 a.m. in his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer. Junior, as he was best known, was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Warsaw to Virgil C. and Freda (Jontz) Shirey.He was a 1955 graduate of Mentone High School.On April 20, 1957, in Columbia City, Junior and Marilyn Anderson were married.They would share almost 55 years of marriage. Over the years they lived in Bourbon, Warsaw and presently at Palestine Lake.Junior was a lineman for Marshall County REMC and Kosciusko County REMC for 35 years, retiring in 2001.He was member of the Bourbon American Legion and the Warsaw Moose Lodge. He enjoyed golfing with Marilyn and their sons. Also as a family in younger days, they traveled — which might include camping — but it seems those travels would include visiting different zoos.He also found enjoyment in fishing and gardening. This well-organized man will be remembered as being very strict, yet fair. He was fun loving and would do anything for anyone (even if it included a little bit of grumbling). He was able to enjoy a wide age range of friends. Junior worked hard and was a good provider. Left with memories to treasure is his wife, Marilyn Shirey, Palestine Lake; two sons, Mark (Cindy) Shirey of Warsaw and Bryan Shirey of Marietta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Amber (Zaven Papakhian) Shirey of Portland, Ore., Scott Shirey, Bourbon, Kyle Shirey of Austin, Texas and Taylor Stiver and Tanner Stiver, both of Warsaw.He was preceded in death by a son, Randy Shirey on May 16, 2001, and his brother, Jerry Shirey April 25, 2008.Family and friends will gather to share memories of Junior and lend support to his family on Thursday from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.A celebration of the life of Junior Shirey will take place Friday beginning at 1 PM in the funeral home. Family friend, Pastor James Archambeault of New Life Tabernacle Church in Kendallville will officiate.Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.The family has asked that memorial gifts be given to Goshen Fund for Excellence, P.O. Box 139, Goshen, IN 46527-0139 or Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196.