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Wayne Shew - August 27, 2012

Wayne Douglas Shew of Cortez died and entered his eternal home Aug. 27, 2012 at the age of 96. He was born Feb. 2, 1916 to Charles Shew and Gladys Stickle Shew on his grandparents’ ranch 17 miles southeast of Holyoke. There were three children in the family: Stuart, Wayne and Thelma.

The family soon moved to a farm north of Holyoke, where Wayne attended two one-room schools (Silverbeam and Liberty). He finished his education in the Holyoke school system, graduating from high school in 1934. During his high school years, he worked for Morgan’s Grocery. His first task was to deliver “sale bills” all over the town.

On June 16, 1940, Wayne and Mildred (Milly) Holmes were married in the Brethren Church in Haxtun. Milly’s father, Louis Holmes, a minister of the Christian Church, officiated. Years before this, Milly’s father also baptized Wayne, not realizing he was baptizing his future son-in-law. At the time of Wayne’s “going to glory,” he and his wife had spent 72 happy years of marriage together. Wayne and Milly were blessed with two daughters, Juliann and Kathijean.

Wayne spent two years serving his country in World War II. He received his honorable discharge in 1946. He always had an unusual love for “home,” even as a child. Now he is enjoying his heavenly home.

Wayne took much interest in his town. He served as a volunteer fireman for many years. Several years were spent with Colver’s Hardware, the Town of Holyoke and his brother’s watch repair and jewelry store, Shew’s Jewelry, before purchasing Mutchie’s Grocery and renaming it Wayne’s Grocery. This was a family-owned and operated store for 10 years.

In 1959, the family purchased the Herbert Welper home and acreage on the east edge of Holyoke. It was here that the family enjoyed country living. Wayne’s hobbies were horses, mules and antiques. He loved going to farm and estate sales.

Eventually, Wayne’s Grocery blended in with Shop-All, another grocery store in the town. This merge was very successful, and Wayne was able to retire in 1981. After retirement, he enjoyed spending several summers helping his daughter and son-in-law with their farming operation, and in 1994, a move was made to Cortez. This enabled Wayne and Milly to be near both of their married daughters and their families.

For several years, Wayne’s eyes and ears had been failing, but he desired Milly to read the Bible to him. He was a sincere servant of God and his priorities were God, family and friends. He was a man of few words, slow to anger, and regarded as a humble, gentle man. His actions always spoke louder than his words.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Milly; his daughters, Juli and husband Sam and Kathi and husband Dave; six grandchildren, Tonya, Pamela, Jarrod, Joel, Carolyn and Nick; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ertel Funeral Home in Cortez and Gerk Funeral Home in Holyoke. Graveside services were held Aug. 30 at Holyoke Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at Arriola Bible Church in Dolores.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Mission Orphanage in Nepal, c/o Arriola Bible Church, 15998 Rd. 22, Dolores, CO 81323.