In memory of
Michael Franklin "Mike" Shillingburg
KEYSER - Michael Franklin "Mike" Shillingburg, 94, of Pond Meadow Lane, Keyser, WV, a loving husband, father and grandfather, who was considered by his family to be generous, reliable, ambitious, noble, determined, patient and adored, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 at his residence while under the care of Hospice of the Potomac Valley. Born on March 3, 1924 at Laureldale, WV, he was a son of the late Wilbur A. and Hattie (Shears) Shillingburg. He also was preceded in death by a son, Michael F. Shillingburg, II; five brothers, Albert, Floyd, Lawrence, Garland, and Frederick; three sisters, Myrlle, Marjorie and Olive and a stepsister, Mary Carpenter. After graduation from Keyser High School in 1943, Mike enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving from July 6, 1943 to April 6, 1946. After boot camp and six months in Aviation Mechanical School, he served in the Third Marine Air Wing as a flight mechanic. After discharge from the Marines, he had several labor type jobs. He decided to complete his education and attended Potomac State College in Keyser and graduated from West Virginia University in January 1955. In March 1955, he was hired by Westvaco Corporation where he worked for eleven years in the research department. He later transferred to the product development department. A a product engineer, he was instrumental in the developing of a new grade of paper for the National Geographic Magazine. Mike was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, the Men's Memorial Bible Class, charter member of the local chapter of Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International and Boyce-Houser Post # 41, American Legion, Keyser. He was a family man, an avid hunter and enjoyed camping and woodworking. Mike also enjoyed many years of Christian fellowship and the building of the Gospel Music Park at Rolling Acres, New Creek, WV. Surviving are his faithful wife of 75 years, Harlyn Virginia (Stickley) Shillingburg (who was his high school sweetheart); one son, Lionel Stephen Shillingburg and wife Valerie (Thrasher); a daughter-in-law, Sharon (Lashley) Shillingburg of Winchester, KY; six grandchildren, Michalle Craig and husband Keith, Michael F. Shillingburg, III and wife Wendi, Jennifer Hart and husband Brandt, Jaimie Shillingburg and fiance John and Stephanie Waller and husband Lee and Keri Fridley and husband Brian. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren, Dennis, Kaitlin, Jacqueline, Jacob, Hunter, Madilyne, Bryson, Brayden, Arrianna, Bryan, Aden, Konnor, Danie Shea, Brittani, Marysol and Brianna; a half sister Wilma Turner and numerous nieces and nephews, Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 233 S. Mineral, Keyser, on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Gosnell and Rev. Lawrence Shillingburg, Jr. officiating. Friends may also call at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Duling Cemetery, Keyser. Graveside military honors will be accorded. The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the following: Calvary United Methodist Church, 233 S. Main Street, Keyser, WV 26726, Rolling Acres Gospel Music Park, New Creek, WV 26743 or the Hospice of the Potomac Valley, 10 Pin Oak Lane, Keyser, WV 26726. Condolences and personal reflections to the family may be left after Mr. Shillingburg's obituary at smithfuneralhomes.net.
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