Joseph Chester Shore, 92, died peacefully in his sleep at the Edgewater Community in West Des Moines on Monday, June 13, 2016. He was born July 14, 1923 in Ames, Iowa to Chester and Flossie (Cooper) Shore. He married Arlene Wierson, the love of his life, in 1948. They had 3 daughters, Jackie, Patty and Carol. They occupied the same family home in Johnston for 60 years.
Joe graduated from Ames High School in 1941 and enlisted in the Army in 1942. He proudly served in the European theater during WWII. Joe became a plumber after the war, working on many big commercial construction projects around Iowa. He retired from The Waldinger Corporation in 1988.
Joe was a longtime and active member of the Johnston Lion’s Club and a charter member of St Paul Presbyterian Church. He loved his Johnston community and showed that by his many volunteer activities. Joe was named Johnston Citizen of the Year in 1996.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Jackie (Rich) Seibert of Urbandale, Patty (Tom) Evans of Johnston, Carol (Chuck Cheatom) Shore of Denver, CO, grandchildren: Valerie (Ryan) Campbell, Ryan (Josi) Seibert, Chris (Janna) Evans, Jon (Katie) Evans, Nick Evans and 9 great grandchildren: Sophie and Evan Campbell; Cohen Seibert; Jackson, Sawyer and Hazel Evans; Hallie, Harper and Bowen Evans. Also surviving him is his sister Anna Marie Benjamin of Arizona. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Arlene, his parents, his sister Marjorie Reynolds and a brother Howard Shore.
Services will be at St Paul Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, Iowa on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:00 am. A visitation will be held on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Merle Hay Funeral Home Chapel at 4400 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines. Burial with Military Honors will be at the Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery. Contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to the Johnston Lions Club or St Paul Presbyterian Church.
A special thank you to the staff of Beacon Springs Memory Care at Edgewater for their wonderful care of our sweet father.