Jan. 12, 1919 - Sept. 10, 2012
Sargent was born, Jan. 12, 1919, in Lineville, Iowa, to Olen R. Shira and Belle M. Webster Shira. The second oldest of seven children. Sarge moved with his parents to Fruitand, Idaho from Iowa when he was three years old. The family then homesteaded in Harper, Ore. July of 1927. Sarge spent his growing up years helping on the farm herding turkeys and milking cows.
He graduated from Harper High School in 1937.
Sarge married Dorothy Dietrick in Payette, Idaho, July 7, 1941, and had two sons, Michael Ray and Anthony Carl. After Dorothy passed away in 1994 he married Betty Prothero April 7, 2001.
Sarge was a caring man with a great personality, a great smile and laugh. He was loved by all who knew him. Sarge enjoyed deer hunting when he was younger and fishing the rivers for the big fish after his retirement.
His occupation was construction. He was a welder, a mechanic and a trouble shooter in California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Louisiana, retiring as an operating engineer in Marysville, Calif. His most memorable job was working on the huge dredge in Louisiana that cleans the Mississippi River.
Sarge is survived by his son, Michael (Claudia); sister, Phyllis Mulvany; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and siblings; Margaret E. Newman, Wanda R. Jones, Clayton W. Shira, Teresa C. Falck and Thomas T. Shira; wives, Dorothy and Betty; and son, Anthony Carl.
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at Sierra View Mortuary, 4900 Olive Ave., Olivehurst, CA.
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