Phillip J. Shalley of Silver Lake, Indiana passed away unexpectedly at 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at his residence at the age of 73.
He was born on Dec. 26, 1946, in Huntington, to Mary Pauline (Purdy) Shalley and Virgil Woodrow Shalley. On July 28, 1972, he was married to Paula Jean Shalley for 24 years until they divorced. They still remained friends and always shared their love for their children.
Phillip was a 1964 graduate of Wabash High School and had been a resident of Silver Lake since 1967. He worked as a track foreman for 18 years for Conrail Railroad. In retirement he mowed at Sycamore Golf Course and remained super active in his community. From 1976 until present he was a volunteer Silver Lake Fireman. The fire station was his favorite view from his front steps of his house. Phillip served his community as the Silver Lake Town Superintendent from 1991-2008. Some people would say he was the un-official Mayor of Silver Lake, always one to know what was going on and always there to lend a hand. He loved that town with all of his heart and will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
He will be lovingly remembered by his two daughters: Adrienne (Josh) Naibauer, New Haven; Erin Shalley, Winona Lake; son: Jeff Finke, Kewanna; and four grandchildren: Abigail, Leah, Lillian, and Layla. He also leaves behind his brother: Terry (Pam) Shalley, Macy; and sister: Sue (David) Ridenour, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Phillip was not your traditional type of man, and his family wanted to honor his life in a special way…because of his great love for his Silver Lake community the family requests that his friends take some time out of their day to simply help someone else out in Phillip’s memory and keep paying it forward. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana.
In honor of Phil please make a memorial donation to the Silver Lake Fire Department, 702 E. Main Street, Silver Lake, Indiana 46982 and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s website at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com.