REFUGIO - Wallace William Shay, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 after a brief illness.
Mr. Shay was born March 21, 1926 in Refugio to Joseph Daniel and Mary Agnes Power Shay.
He was one of seven children and was a great- grandson of Empresario James Power, who colonized Refugio in the 1830s.
He married Henrietta Katherine Rainosek Oct. 20, 1956 in Schulenburg.
They raised their family in the home his grandfather, Phil Power, built in the 1880s on Empresario Street in Refugio.
He is preceded in death by his wife of almost 57 years, his parents, two brothers, Phil and Lawrence Shay., and four sisters, Mary Agnes Reilly, Josephine Fish, Gladys and Rita Shay.
Survivors include two sons, Philip (Patty) Shay, and David (Theresa) Shay; two daughters, Kathleen (Darrin) Aldrich, and Melany (Gregg) Pullin; eight grandchildren, Michael (Victoria) Shay, Sarah, Daniel, Paige, and Abigail Shay, Jackson Pullin, Elizabeth and Madelyn Aldrich, and one great granddaughter, Chandler Shay Ford numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Moore Funeral Home Chapel.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10th at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church with Fr. Philip Panackal officiating.
Tip Crutchfield, a dear friend, will serve as Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist along with Barry and Marilyn Beuershausen, and Altar Servers will be Jackson Pullin and Elizabeth Aldrich.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Michael and Daniel Shay, nephew, Tom Reilly, and close friends of the family, Jimmy Haynes, Monte Sternadel, and Andrew McGuill.