In loving memory of
James von Doornum Shaw
Lt. Col James von Doornum Shaw, USAF, Ret., 87, of Jasper, AR, took his final flight, departing for Heaven on March 5, 2007 at 6:00 a.m. from the Newton County Nursing Home, following a brief illness.
Born June 5, 1919 in Al Tahoe, California to James and Olga Shaw, “Papa Jim,” as he is affectionately known to thousands around the world, became a hard worker at the age of nine when his father passed away, delivering newspapers on two routes to keep bread on the table for his mother and younger sister. His love affair with flying began early too, and he became a pilot, joining the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941, graduating flight school as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1942. He was a flight instructor from mid 1942 to 1944, preparing many pilots to go into war zones in both the Pacific and Europe during World War II. From 1945 through the end of the war, he was stationed in New Guinea and the Philippines, serving as Squadron Commander and maintenance test pilot after repairs were made on aircraft damaged in battle. He spent nearly 23 years in the military, retiring from the Air Force in 1963 as a Lieutenant Colonel from the 341st Missile Maintenance Squadron (SAC) in Great Falls, Montana.
Following his discharge from the service, he sought a career as a mission aviator, wanting to use his flying skills for the service of the Lord. A short time later he married missionary Gwen Bergman Schmidt and became the pilot for the End-Time Handmaidens and Servants, International, and they subsequently moved their headquarters to Jasper. Together they served God in many nations around the world.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Olga Shaw, and his eldest son, Jimmy. He is survived by his wife, Gwen Shaw of Jasper, three daughters, two sons, three step-sons, 21 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and his sister, Betty Shick of Lakeport, California. Thousands of people of all ages felt he was a father figure to them and will miss his loving embrace.
Donations in his memory may be made to
End-Time Handmaidens, Inc. P.O. Box 447, Jasper, AR 72641.