Wilson Earl Shifflett, 84, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and King City, Missouri, was born, August 31, 1935, in St. Louis, the son of Wilson L. and Annabelle (Patterson) Shifflett. He departed this life, Sunday, July 12, 2020, at the Mosaic Life Care Health Center in St. Joseph.
Earl was a 1953 North Platte High School graduate.
On August 6, 1960, he was united in marriage to Betty Sue Huff at the Broadway Baptist Church in Kansas City. She preceded him in death on October 18, 1993.
Earl was employed as a Union Carpenter for J.E. Dunn Construction and had also worked for Greater Kansas City Roofing. He was a member of the Carpenters Union Local #777 and was a member of the Grace and Truth Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill. He enjoyed fishing, shopping and his TV shows; the Price is Right and Judge Judy were some of his favorites. His absolute favorite thing to do was watch all of his grandchildren participate in their respective sports and activities. Earl would never get tired of being at a softball game.
Earl was known by everyone for his friendly and fun spirit. He was always laughing and smiling. Earl was very loved by all that knew him. He never met a stranger and could talk about any subject. He was highly respected at J.E. Dunn for being a hardworking, knowledgeable employee. He was very good with his hands. He could build or fix anything whether it be carpentry, plumbing, electrical or mechanical work. Earl did many weekend construction jobs for his best friend, Charlie Clark. He has maintained over a 50 year friendship with Charlie.
He was very loved by his own 6 grandchildren and was so proud of all of them. He had countless other “grandchildren” that lovingly referred to him as Papa Shifflett. He talked about them frequently and it would light up his day when one of them would run up and give him a hug. He was so kind and generous. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Earl was also preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Pollard.
He is survived by one son Stephen E. (and Jodie) Shifflett of Pleasant Hill; two daughters, Dana K. (and Rick) Hutchinson of Orlando, Florida, and Lisa R. (and Micah) Breckenridge of King City; six grandchildren, Calvin Hutchinson, Paige (and Emmett) Wester, Brooke Shifflett, Jordan (and Caleb)Eiberger, Devin Breckenridge, and Collin Breckenridge; two sisters, Nell Sweeney of Olathe, Kansas, and Dorothy Carras of Whittier, California; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Thursday, July 16, 2020, at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 17, 2020, at the funeral home. Reverend Jonathan Garlock officiated. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Collin Breckenridge, Devin Breckenridge, Micah Breckenridge, Steve Shifflett, Emmett Wester, and Jeff Dawson. Honorary casket bearers were Calvin Hutchinson and Rick Hutchinson.
A celebration of Earl’s life was held Sunday, July 19, 2020, at the King City First Christian Church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Lay-Clergy Love Fund or the King City Ministerial Alliance and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stanleydickeyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements: Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, 203 N. Armstrong St., Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 (816) 540-5550