Gus Arthur Shadrick of St. Clair, MO departed this life in St. Clair on September 7, 2009, having reached the age of eighty-two years, seven months and one day. Gus was born on February 7, 1927 in St. Clair, son of Rube Ellic Shadrick and Mary Florence Shadrick nee Jones. In the mid 1960s, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Stahlman and one son came to bless this union. On April 1, 1990 he was married to Frances Mae Prather nee Vaughn and their families were joined as one.
Gus is survived by one son, Ralph Shadrick of Pacific, MO; by three stepchildren, Stella Richardson and husband, Clayton, of St. Peters, MO, Shirley Bailey and husband, Roscoe, of St. Clair and Beverly Johns and husband, Edward, of Houston, TX; by seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, twelve great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great, great-great, and great-great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Gus was preceded in death by his parents, Rube and Mary Shadrick; by his wife, Dorothy Shadrick; by his wife, Frances Shadrick; and by three sisters, Rozella Ness, Goldie Wideman and one sister in infancy, Carry Shadrick.
Gus was a Christian and attended Green Mound Baptist Church in St. Clair. Throughout his adult life, he was primarily employed as a tow truck driver by Jefferson Smurfit Box Company in Pacific for nearly thirty years. Gus had the reputation of being a “jack of all trades,” but was especially skilled in doing various types of electrical work. In his spare time he enjoyed farming as well as traveling. Other favorite pastimes included wrestling and riding his moped. The special memories created and shared with his family and loved ones will be cherished for years to come.
A devoted and loving father, stepfather, stepfather-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle, great, great-great, and great-great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with his nephew, Reverend Leroy Ness officiating. Interment was in the United Methodist Cemetery, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Foundation.