October 5, 1949 - September 25, 2021
Michael Dean Shirley was born October 5, 1949, in Yakima, WA and died on September 25, 2021, in Wenatchee, WA at the age of 71 because of acute complications from COVID-19. He spent his final years living with his beloved wife at their home of Soap Lake, WA. Michael grew up in the Yakima Valley, as youngest of four siblings to Floyd and Mildred Shirley. He retired from a long and productive career at GTE, working his way from lineman to senior engineer along the way. Michael married his one true love, Annie, in 1983. And they were inseparable until her untimely passing. They enjoyed a full and happy life together, that included political activism, hosting dinner parties, RV travel, visiting state and national parks, her Greek heritage, and time with their dear family and friends. His whole life Michael was perpetually driven to master new hobbies and crafts that included fine woodworking, jewelry design, leather work, and home remodel projects. He was the best electrician I knew. He held additional passions for all things fishing. Michael is survived by his two sons Adam (Andrea) Callahan and John (Daisy) Shirley, his brother Don (Charlene) Shirley, sister Anita (Bernie) Jay, three grandchildren, a great grandson, several aunts and uncles, many cousins, and so many close friends that he considered family. The funeral and memorial for Michael Dean Shirley are being handled by Nicoles Funeral Home in Ephrata, WA. Services are at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at the Valley View Memorial Park, located at 20174 Rd A NE, Soap Lake, WA 98851. A reception will be held at a close family friend’s home located at 219 Juniper N., Soap Lake WA 98851 immediately following the service. Donations may be sent in lieu of flowers to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Visitor’s Center Programs at www.discovernw.org.
Michael Dean Shirley was born October 5, 1949, in Yakima, WA and died on September 25, 2021, in Wenatchee, WA at the age of 71 because of acute complications from COVID-19. He spent his final years living with his beloved wife at their home... View Obituary & Service Information
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