Palmer Jay Shirk

Posted: Sunday, August 07, 2005


  Palmer Jay Shirk

Palmer Jay Shirk

Longtime Alaskan and Seward resident Palmer Jay Shirk died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005, at Providence Wesley Care Center in Seward after a long battle with Parkinson Disease. He was 80.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at the Seward City Cemetery.

Mr. Shirk was born April 25, 1925, in Portland, Ind. He attended school until he was 17 and then enlisted in the Navy. He served on the aircraft carrier Independence were he was a tail gunner on a torpedo plane until the end of the war. After the war, he went back to Indiana and married Betty Roll on April 28, 1946.

In 1958, the family of five moved to Michigan, where he worked at Checker Motors as a welder until moving to Alaska in 1977.

The family resided for three years in Fairbanks before moving to Soldotna in 1980. They moved to Seward in 1997.

Mr. Shirk belonged to the senior center and enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing pool, his family and his dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Shirk; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Sharon Shirk and Jim and Jeannie Shirk, all of Seward; daughter, Linda Leveque of Soldotna; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or American Cancer Society, Central Peninsula Unit, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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