Kenneth Searle Shaw, Jr.

Kenneth Searle Shaw, Jr., 72 of Springfield passed away April 26, 2020.
Shaw was born to Kenneth Searle Shaw Sr. and Nellie (Sandifer) Shaw on August 3, 1947 in Newburg.
Kenneth (Ken) met his lifelong sweetheart, Carol (Dickey) when she was only 15 and he was 17. Some of the first words Ken ever said to Carol, on the very first day they met, was “I’m going to marry you” and Carol said “You’re crazy.” They were married on April 8, 1966 in Springfield, after Ken had finished boot camp with the United States Navy, they just recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary.
After Shaw got out of the Navy, he joined the ranks of the Springfield Mo Police Department as a police officer in 1968. He then went to work for the Frisco Railroad as a railroad police officer in December 1970. While working full-time and taking care of his family, he was able to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. He rose through the ranks at the railroad, and retired from his career in 2008 as a Chief Special Agent in Chicago, Ill., with the BNSF Railroad.
Shaw was preceded in passing by his father, Kenneth Sr., mother Nellie, father-in-law Ed Dickey and mother-in-law Imogene Dickey of Springfield, bother-in-law Ed “Joe” Dickey of Springfield, sister-in-law Julieann (Dickey) Hobbs of Springfield and several aunts and uncles.
Shaw is survived by his wife and lifelong love Carol, their two sons and their family’s; Kenneth S. Shaw III and wife Kristie, and their sons Alex and Nathan of Republic; Gregory S. Shaw and wife Melissa, and their son Connor of Springfield; sister Jeannie (Shaw) Carico and her husband Don of Rolla; brother-in-law Dennis Dickey and wife Kathleen of Willard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Rivermonte Memorial Gardens.


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