Loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He passed peacefully after being in declining health for the past few years.
He had a loving heart and gave his all to his family and friends.
He was very proud of his service to his country, having served in the Army, 101 Airborne. His flying eagle collection is a result of his service.
After receiving an Associates degree in Metal and Metallurgy, he was employed in the aerospace industry for 33 years, retiring as an Engineer from Lockhead Martin.
In earlier years enjoyed rock-hounding and once found a dinosaur tooth which was donated to the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. He also made silver jewelry for family and friends from the his findings.
He enjoyed woodcarving, and was fascinated by Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii. He was known as Mr. Lemon to many for his famous lemon tarts. He was the family photographer, always having camera in hand at family gatherings and other events.
He is Survived by his wife Phyllis Shirley, daughters Vickie Bartlett and Rebecca (Laslo) Pozsgai, sons James (Marjorie) Cochran and Mason Cochran all of California. His grandchildren Johnny Bartlett, Anton (Brittany) Shirley, William Wesley Shirley, James Cochran III, Elizabeth Cochran and Taylor Irwin and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Lawrence Shirley, sister Zora Hodges, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents L. D. Shirley and Ruth Huntoon Shirley, his previous wife Pearl Morse Shirley and son Edward Shirley.