Shaw family

Timothy A. Shaw, 39, Melissa R. Shaw, 37, Ethen A. Shaw, 17, LeAnne E. Shaw, 15, Hailey F. Shaw, 12, Dylan J. Shaw, 11, all of Dixon, passed away, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in a house fire.

Timothy A. Shaw was born March 18, 1978, in Charleston, S.C., the son of David J. and Rosslynn E. (Butler) Shaw.  Melissa R. (Duncan) Irwin-Shaw was born March 18, 1980, in Sterling, the daughter of Robert M. and Linda R. (Clary) Duncan. Timothy and Melissa were married July 19, 2014, in Sterling. Ethen A. Shaw was born April 28, 2000, and LeAnne E. Shaw, was born Jan. 22, 2002, both in Norfolk, Va., Hailey F. Shaw was born Feb. 3, 2005, and Dylan J. Shaw was born Feb. 26, 2006, both in Dixon, the children of Timothy A. and Veronica A. (Lollis) Shaw.

Timothy was a graduate of Stillman Valley High School class of 1996. Tim enlisted in the Navy in February 1998, he served with honor and rose to the rank of Petty Officer 1st class as MM-1(SW). Tim was stationed at many commands and locations; USS Austin LPD-4, Norfolk, Va.; USS Constellation CV-64, San Diego Ca.; Lead Navy Recruiter Dixon-Sterling, area where he enlisted many local sailors, including his cousin Matthew Brown, into the Navy; USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, Yokosuka, Japan; USS Ponce LPD-15, Norfolk VA; and his last command was in Norfolk, as a Field Service Engineer at NSSA RMC. Tim returned home to the Dixon area in 2012.  He attended Sauk Valley Community College where he studied Engineering Science. He met and fell in love with Melissa and they were married July 19th, 2014. Tim worked at Exelon Nuclear, LaSalle Station as Mechanical Maintenance FLS. Tim was a devoted, loving father to Ethen, LeAnne, Hailey and Dylan and step-father to Mackenzie and Alex. He loved being outside, spending time with his children and his nieces, teaching them to enjoy the outdoors as much as he did. His hobbies included, cooking, riding his Harley, fishing and taking his family on vacations and his many pets. Tim was a loving, dedicated, hardworking son, brother, father, uncle, and husband. He enjoyed life and made life enjoyable for those who knew him.

Melissa was born at CGH and educated in Rock Falls. She graduated in June of 1998, from Rock Falls High School. She received her Associate Degree in 2002, from Sauk Valley Community College. Melissa was currently an assistant manager at Maurice’s in Dixon.  Her children, music, animals, and flowers were her main interests.  She will be missed by any friends and relatives.

Ethen liked working with computers and was planning to join the Navy as an IT on submarines after graduating from high school. LeAnne loved to draw, was always reading, and loved wolves. Hailey enjoyed cooking like her dad, giraffes, and being outdoors with her family. Dylan loved to fish and play with legos and cars. He was very creative. They all loved to give hugs and everyone LOVED their pets and all animals. 

Timothy is survived by his parents, David J. and Rosslynn E. Shaw of Dixon; one sister, Rebecca E. (Anthony) O’Brien of Dixon; and his maternal grandfather, Kenneth (Tammy) Butler of Vermont and maternal grandmother, Brenda (French) Butler of Virginia; two nieces, Gabrielle E. and Adaline M. O’Brien, both of Dixon. Melissa is survived by her parents, Robert and Linda Duncan of Rock Falls; two children, Mackenzie S. Irwin of North Carolina, and Alex J. Irwin of North Carolina; former husband, Jonathan M. Irwin of North Carolina; maternal grandmother, Mary E. Clary of Sterling. Ethen, LeAnne, Hailey, and Dylan are survived by their mother and step-father, Veronica A. (Corey) Masterson of Arizona; three half- siblings, Riley, Addison, and Mikey Masterson of Arizona; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Timothy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bernard P. and Lucille D. (Lundquist) Shaw; his maternal step-grandfather, Wallace Vogt; one uncle, James A. Brown. Melissa was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, John R. Clary; and her paternal grandparents, Robert and Rose Duncan. Ethen, LeAnne, Hailey, and Dylan were preceded in death by, one half-brother, Aaron Masterson.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at the Dixon Elk’s Lodge and from 10 a.m. until time of memorial services at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the Dixon Elk’s Lodge, with the Rev. Wesley Dickson, pastor of United Methodist Church of New Lenox, Ill., officiating. Burial with be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon and will include full military graveside honors for Timothy.

Please make any monetary donations payable to the Shaw Family Memorial.  These donations can be mailed to the funeral home or will be received at the visitation and memorial service.

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