Fred L. Shaw passed away peacefully at home on September 26, 2021, aged 91. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1930, to John and Myrtle Shaw. He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force (1950-1954) and Army (1957-1977) and was a proud Vietnam veteran. He worked in aviation with helicopters and enjoyed sharing his wealth of knowledge with anyone who would listen. He loved his job and would tell wonderful stories about it for the rest of his life. During his time in the military, he was assigned tours in Germany and England, where he would later meet his wife. Fred was introduced to Kathy in Hepworth, England, while he was out riding his motorcycle and they were married shortly after on April 10, 1953. They moved back to the United States together and had two children: Debra, and Bud. He was an outgoing person and volunteered with Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. In his free time, Fred was very active and loved the outdoors. He was a member of the senior softball league, a bowling league, and was an avid golfer, once hitting a hole-in-one at Fort Carson that we would never hear the end of. When he was not playing sports, he was an avid fan of the Steelers and the Broncos, with an occasional Rockies game here and there. Fred was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather who loved his family and his country. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his daughter Debra (Darell Zachary), his son Bud and his granddaughter Ashley. He will be dearly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and five siblings. We know he missed them dearly and was happily reunited.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 1201 Leta Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80911.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider donations in memoriam to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Good Shepherd Methodist Church.

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  1. The Buckley SFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Shaw’s service to our country in the Air Force and Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley SFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

    Steve Young
    Lt Col, USAF, Ret
    Director, Buckley SFB RAO

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