Oather Wesley Shirley

Oather Wesley Shirley was born in Conway, Arkansas on February 12, 1919 and passed away at his home with his Bible on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. He was one of 10 children and at the age of 94, he was the longest living member of his family.

Oather married Velma L. Barnett on January 4, 1946 and they shared 67 loving years together with five generations of family members. He was a great farmer who loved to work the ground, drive his tractor and his Willy’s jeep in snow and mud. He started several missions in Arkansas and Kansas City and was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for many years. His favorite Bible verse was John 3:16.

Oather loved life in general. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and pulling pranks! He lived in Stuttfart, AR, the “Rice & Duck Capital” for 44 years and transferred to Kansas City in 1963 with Fairbanks Morse as a machinist. He retired in 1981.

He served in the US Army from September, 1941 – November, 1945. Oather drove a truck according to military regulations and transported supplies, equipment, and personnel as well as cleaned, serviced and maintained trucks. He served in the Aleutian Islands and in the European Theatre of Operations.

Oather is survived by his wife, Velma, two daughters, Linda Webb and husband, Dennis, Mission, KS and Suzette Moss and husband, Tom, Mission, granddaughter Raenelle (Warren) Gardner, Mission, grandson Michael (Jessie) Lillard, Mission and great-grandsons Blake West, Kansas City, KS and Corey West, Mission. He is also survived by his great-granddaughters Alyssa Gardner and Savana Lillard, one great-great-granddaughter, Haley West, step-grandchildren Christopher Moss and Shelley Davis, all of Mission, three sisters, Cora Slaton, Huphrey, AR, Louvene Kirkpatrick, Sheridan AR and Onamae Lane, Huphrey, AR and one brother, JW Shirley of Kansas City, KS. He is the uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Wesley and Linnie Shirley, brother Leonard Shirley, sisters Stella Bohanon, Marie Sinclair, Louise Givens, and Estelle “Pete” Clevenger. He was also preceded in death by his favorite horses, Prince and Jenny.

A memorial service will military honors will be held at 6:30 pm, Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS. A visitation will precede the service beginning at 5:30 pm. The family suggests memorial donations to Kansas City Hospice, 9221 Ward Pkwy #100
Kansas City, MO. 64114.

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