Joel Delbert Shiver

March 9, 1957 - January 15, 2024
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Joel Delbert Shiver, age 66, of Willard Missouri – also known as “Sonny” to family and friends in his home state of Wisconsin, passed away of cardiac arrest due to natural causes January 15, 2024. He was born in Madison Wisconsin March 9th, 1957 to Evelyn Mae Gundlach and Joel Clyde Shiver. As a child, he was very outspoken and active.
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Dawna Lopez left a message on January 31, 2024:
Early in my career as a Sign Language Interpreter, I met Joel and Kristy. The year had to be 1976 and I was introduced to the Springfield Deaf Community at the Deaf Church, hosted by Central Assembly of God. I learned more and more signs and I considered my first Deaf friends were from that congregation. I remember asking (in front of the Deaf congregation) what the sign for ALABAMA. Joel ‘fed’ me the sign and I repeated it in front of the congregation and noticed some shocked faces. A lady named Mary, turned around and glared at Joel because he ‘fed’ me a bad word. LOL!
Jane Ross left a message on January 24, 2024:
I'm very sorry about his passed away. God will comfort you and his family.
Sue (Gundlach) Kurth and Duane left a message on January 23, 2024:
In memory of Joel Delbert Shiver, Sue (Gundlach) Kurth and Duane lit a candle
sister connie left a message on January 23, 2024:
On Monday Jan 15th I lost my Brother Sonny, we were the best of friends growing up, we were "Irish twins", I fought many a battle for him and with him, as he also fought them for me and with me. I knew his secrets and he knew mine. to say the least , is that I have been a total basket case, I cry more tears than there are rain drops in a monsoon. Then I stop for a bit. I have been thinking a lot about death and how life really is a drop in time. Cherish those you love, hug them daily. if you can, remember to tell them that you really do love them no matter what. I know life is very short and there are some regrets but not a-lot, choose joy and happiness over anger and bitterness, remember Gods words and do your best to live by them... Lord forgive me my trespasses as I FORGIVE THOSE THAT TRESPASS AGAINST ME, so far 2024 hasn't been good. I will miss you dearly and I will see you again when God calls me home until then I will do my best to be my best, Love you brother.
Robert Poster left a message on January 21, 2024:
Jill, DJ - I was deeply saddened to hear about Uncle Sonny's passing. Although we didn't get to spend a lot of time together, the distance never dimmed the fond memories I have of him. I vividly remember the summer of '92 or '93 when we visited you in Willard. I was just 9 or 10 years old, but those memories are still clear as day. Uncle Sonny's laughter and playful spirit were so infectious. I recall him being as much a kid as any of us, especially during our trip to the Bass Pro in Springfield. His antics, like pretending to eat those rubber fishing lures, left us all in stitches. Even though my sister and I couldn't communicate with him using ASL, our laughter and smiles bridged that gap effortlessly. He had a way of making everyone around him feel included and joyful. Though our meetings were few, they were always memorable, and it's these moments that I hold onto. Uncle Sonny's ability to bring lightness and humor to any situation was truly special. I believe that wherever he is now, he's spreading that same joy and laughter. In this difficult time, please know that my thoughts are with you. Uncle Sonny's legacy of warmth, humor, and kindness lives on not just in my memories, but surely in the hearts of all who knew him.
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Jill Ada left a message on January 20, 2024:
You will always be my dad. Love forever.
Greenlawn left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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