Herbert Jay Shilling , 87, of Farwell, Michigan and Inverness, Florida passed away October 27, 2011, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida. He was the son of Joh Willard and Eula Inez (Perry) Shilling born on August 22, 1924 in Gilmore Township. He married Lora Maxine Thurman in Springfield, Missouri on July 15, 1944. Maxine preceded him in death on September 14, 1987. On April 22, 1989 he married Agnes (VanBuskirk) Colmus of Saginaw.
Herb is survived by his wife, Agnes; daughters, Connie (Richard) Kleinhardt of Clare, MI and Linda Gies of Palm Harbor, FL; daughter-in-law, Julia (Muller) Shilling; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister Jean (Bob) Parker. Also, step-children; Thomas (Sybil) Colmus, Richard (Jan) Colmus and Jean (Richard) Rohde.
He was preceded in death by his son, Herbert Gale Shilling and his brothers, John, Milo, Carl and Bob.
Herb was a veteran of WWII, serving proudly in the U.S. Army at Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe from 1943-1947. Herb was active in Post 4337, Inverness, Florida as a long-time member of the military Honor Guard. A commitment that gave him much pride.
Herb worked for the Holly Carburetor Company for over 25 years before he settled in Florida. Herb owned and operated his own concrete company in Florida until his retirement in 1987.
While living and working in Florida, Herb began his love of the outdoors with fishing and
playing golf. He was an avid hunter and loved to garden. Along with that, the love to cook
was one of his fortes. It gave him much pleasure to be able to cook and
can and share his produce with family and friends. His family will always remember Herb as
their Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He would also joke that he loved fishing and there
were only two seasons – Summer in Michigan – Winter in Florida. “Can’t get much better
than that”, he would say.
Herb was also very faithful at donating his blood. He did this through Life Source in Inverness
and has given over 9 gallons!
Visitation will be on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 9 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, 10160 S. Grant Ave., Clare, MI with the funeral service scheduled for 11:00 am at the church on Friday, November 4, 2011. Burial will take place at the Gilmore Cemetery. Donations in Herb’s memory may be made to
Support.WoundedWarriersProject.org. Online condolences may be sent to the Herbert Shilling family at www.stephenson-wyman.com. Arrangements are by the Farwell Chapel of
Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home