Son of Paul Hobart Shire and Elizabeth Marie Shire. Navy veteran of WWII. Flew Corsair fighter planes off aircraft carriers in the Pacific. Following the war, was an instructor pilot stationed at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. Left the service as a LTjg. Started farming in the Summer of 1948. On September 22, 1948 he was struck by lightning while on his tractor and died instantly. He is buried in the Fredonia Cemetery. His dreams for life were silenced at age 25. He left a 2-year-old son, Paul Stuart II and his widow.