John W. Shuey, 86, of Tecumseh, passed away Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family after a short illness.
John was born Dec. 22, 1922, in Reinerton, Pa. He often entertained his family with stories of growing up in small picturesque Williams Valley in southeastern Pennsylvania. The fifth of seven children born to Charles Wesley and Bettie Eva (Schrope) Shuey, his tales of life during the depression were both inspirational and instructive. Despite trying economic times, closed coal mines and a father out of work; his story was one of faith, self reliance, independence, thrift, and hard work. Through it all there was family, friends and wonderful memories of camping and hiking, hunting and fishing in the woods and mountains he loved.
After graduating from Porter-Tower High School in 1940, he was chosen, with 38 other young men, for the 1943 class of Williamson Free School in Media, Pa. There he learned his mason's trade, providing the foundation for his later career in general construction. After graduating from Williamson, John enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943. He served his country as an airplane/propeller mechanic until 1946. He was proud of his military service, and felt that it, along with his time at Williamson, had been crucial in transforming his life.
On May 28, 1949, he married Bette J. Hand at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Reinerton, Pa. Post war growth and building opportunities led them to relocate in the Washington, D.C. area, where, together, they built their home and raised five children. This past May they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.