Joseph 'Ted' Shigley

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:37 PM

Contributed, Obituaries

BRIGHAM CITY - Joseph Theodore "Ted" Shigley, Sr., 92, departed this life on Thursday, September 12, 2013 just two days before his 93rd birthday.

He was born September 14, 1920 in the family home on East Washington Street, Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio to Joseph Walter and Hazel Ethel Bales Shigley.

He attended public schools through the eighth grade at Silvercreek township schools in Jamestown until the death of his father in 1934.Moving to Yellow Springs, Ohio to live with his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rosa M. Bales, where he attended the Miami Township Schools at Bryan High School, graduating on June 1, 1938.

He was a three Letterman in High School Sports, Secretary of the Senior Class and Sports editor of the "Bryan High Whirligig," the school paper. He made the class gift presentation to the school at graduation.

Ted worked at various jobs during and after his school years.

Chelsa Helen Fitzgerald and Ted were married in the Yellow Springs Presbyterian Church by Rev. Lee on Saturday, September 20, 1941.

In April 1942 they moved to Mobile, Alabama, where they were both employed at Brookley Field by the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Ted was employed as an aircraft armament mechanic working on the famous classified Norden and Sperry Bomb Sights and automatic pilots performing overhaul of the equipment, installation in the B-17, B-24, B-25, B-26, B-29 aircraft, ground and flight testing.

Ted served in the United State Army during WWII being honorably discharged as the non-commissioned officer in charge of the photographic Equipment Repair School at the Signal Corps Photographic Center in Long Island City, N.Y., after his discharge he served honorably in the Army and Air Force Reserves.

After WWII he worked at Brookley AFB, Alabama as the Photo-Graphic and Optics Equipment Repair Unit foreman, until Brookley was closed.His work at Brookley brought him several awards for performance and suggestions including the General Mark E. Bradley management award for a suggestion that saved the Air Force over a million dollars.

In 1965, he was transferred to Hill AFB, Utah where he retired in January 1979 with thirty seven years of service. At the time of his retirement he was Chief of the Photographic and Optics Equipment Repair Section in the Directorate of Maintenance. He traveled extensively during his tenure throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.He was an active member of the Air Force Association.

Ted was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, being baptized in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Jamestown, Ohio, attending the First Methodist Church in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a member of the Government Street Methodist Church and Fulton Heights Methodist Churches in Mobile, Alabama and was a current member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Brigham City.At Aldersgate Ted has served as certified Lay Speaker, Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Planning and Building Committees, Trustees, Finance Committee, Methodist Men, Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, Administrative Board and as Lay Leader at different times in the past forty eight years.

Ted attended the University of Alabama on the GI Bill, the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, AF Institute of Technology and Utah State University.

In Yellow Springs, Ohio he was a Life Member of Yellow Springs Lodge No. 279, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Assistant Scout Master of the Local Boy Scout Troop.

In Mobile Alabama he was a Past Master and Life Member of Howard Lodge, No. 69, Free and Accepted Masons.He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the Ancient and accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

In Brigham City, he was a Past Master and Secretary of Amity Lodge No. 23 Free and Accepted Masons where he received the Hiram Award and Secretary of the Year Award.

He has served on the Advisory Council of Leland Stanford Chapter, Order of DeMolay since 1973. Twenty years of which he served as Chairman.He was head coach of the softball team that won twelve consecutive State Championships. Many of the young men who are now Senior DeMolays still call him "Coach." He has been elected DeMolay Legion of Honor, the Leland Stanford Chapter Hall of Fame and has been made an Honorary member of the International Supreme Council.

Ted served on the organization Committee and six years as board member of Habitat for Humanity Northern Utah, the first Habitat for Humanity Chapter in Utah and the thirteenth in the United States. He served on the board of the "Solid Rock", serving in the native American Youth of Intermountain School.He has served ten years on the Board of Directors of Box Elder Chapter of the American Red Cross participating in the Bloodmobile.

He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brigham City Softball Association as Vice President and writer of the By-Laws.He was a volunteer for the Acts VI Soup Kitchen and a Past President of Box Elder Toastmasters Club No. 794 and an Able Toastmaster.

As a volunteer for Brookley Federal Credit Union in Mobile, Alabama for ten years, he served on the Credit Committee, writer and editor of the News Letter, President and Treasurer and Education Director of the Board. He also served as President of the Mobile Chapter of Credit Unions.

At Box Elder County Federal Credit Union in Brigham City, he has filled positions of Treasurer, Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Education Director of the Board of Directors. He wrote and edited the Family Forum newsletters for nineteen years.

Ted is survived by his wife, Chelsa of 72 years, Daughters, Lynne Richardson of Tuscaloosa, AL and Sandra Oxley of Mobile, AL; sons, Charles R. (Kathy) of Sandy, Utah; Dr. John K. (Dr. Sally) of Ogden, Utah; Ted Jr. (Amy) of Edmonds, WA. Grandsons, Bill Torres of New York City, Chris Richardson (Meg) of Birmingham, AL; Jason Shigley (Mandi) of Midvale, Utah and Joseph (Alisha) of West Jordan, Utah. Granddaughters, Cindy (Eric) Kirkland of Tuscaloosa, AL and Hannah and Sarah Shigley of Ogden, Utah. Great Grandchildren, Caroline and Ellis George Kirkland of Tuscaloosa, AL and Noah, Arianna, Ashton, Jayden, Landon and Mia of Utah.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, sister, Mary Louise and Grandson Jonathan Shigley.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, Aldersgate United Methodist Church or the donor's favorite charity

Services will be on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 1:30 Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 235 East 850 South, Brigham City, Utah.

Viewing will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 East 200 South, Brigham City, Utah.

Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery with graveside services performed by Amity Lodge No. 23 F.& A.M. of Brigham City with military honors will be accorded by the Box Elder Combined Veterans Honor Guard. Email condolences to

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