Lee Emory Shillingburg, 93, of Oakland, MD, passed from this life on Friday, November 8, 2019.
Born on May 28, 1926 at the family home near Steyer, MD, he was a son of the late Charles Emory and Bessie Mae (Steyer) Shillingburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings, Raymond, Lloyd, Hazel and Mae and a son-in-law, Jahn Hansen.
Lee's wife of 36 years, Elizabeth (Jung) Shillingburg died in 1992. They leave behind four children; Allen Murlin and wife Connie, Alice Hansen, Sherrie Flores and husband Mario and Renata Rodeheaver and husband John as well as six grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
In 2012, Lee's second wife, Ellen Friend died and that marriage brought three adult children; Edwin Friend and wife Louella, Darwin Friend and wife Mary Lynn and Debra Friend and Tom Tressler as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Following Lee's graduation from Oakland High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was issued his uniform on his 17th birthday. He served as an aerial gunner and after being honorably discharged, he returned to the family farm and dedicated his life to farming which included making maple syrup, changing from dairy cattle to beef cattle, raising chickens, hogs and having the honor of being the largest Shepherd in the State of Maryland with over 300 sheep.
Lee was a member of the White United Methodist Church since the age of eleven. He was community and civic minded and was involved with several organizations which included the 4-H and FFA programs in Garrett County, served on the Boards of Southern States and Sam's Agway and was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association. He loved the Garrett County Agricultural Fair and worked as a Director and Superintendent of the sheep barn for many years. Under his direction as President, he encouraged the board to purchase the fair grounds. He remained an honorary Fair Board Director.
Lee loved to travel and had visited all 50 states. He was a generous blood donor, an avid reader and loved his Westerns and the Weather Channel. He was a wonderful historian and could remember facts and dates well. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be conducted at the Newman Funeral Home, 1100 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Barbara Rexrode and Pastor Matthew Haire officiating. Desserts and drinks will be provided in celebration of his life.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the donor's favorite charity in Mr. Shillingburg's name.
The Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Keyser, WV, is in charge of the arrangements.
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