David “Dave” C. Shaw

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  • Name: David "Dave" C. Shaw
  • Location of Birth: Henning, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 2, 1924
  • Date of Death: March 2, 1989 (64 years old)
  • Parents: ? and Lillian Shaw
  • High School and Class: International Falls, Minnesota
  • College: University of Minnesota
    Michigan State College
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  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch: United States Army Corps
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  • Military Awards:
    Bronze Star Medal during Korean Conflict

  • Military Highlights:
    Dave served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II
    Korean Conflict

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  • Civilian Life:
    Dave was raised and attended schools in International Falls, Minnesota. Following his graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota and Michigan State College.

    He married Mary Glea Solberg on April 24, 1948, in International Falls, Minnesota, and the couple moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota soon after and operated Shaw Florists from 1949 until retiring in 1986.

    Dave retired as a captain with the Minnesota National Guard after two decades of military service, including his tenure as local squadron commander at the time the Grand Rapids National Guard Armory was built.

    He and his wife continued as owners and operators of Pokegama Hotel and succeeded in having the building placed on the National Historic Register.

    Dave Shaw was well-known throughout Minnesota as a sportsman and conservationist, having been a co-founder of "Save Minnesota Deer" and as president of the ensuing Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. He was also a member of the Izaak Walton League and the Grand Rapids Rotary Club, Itasca Lodge 208 and the Pokegama Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. He also attended the Aad Temple Shrine in Duluth, Minnesota. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, both of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He was active with the Blandin Male Choir and instrumental in Mississippi Melodie Showboat Productions early in its history, as well as serving on the board of the Itasca Orchestral Society. Dave was an elder, trustee and choir member of the Community Presbyterian Church, In Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Surviving are his wife, Glea; daughters, Margaret "Peggy" Fink, Virginia "Ginnie" Donner, and Elizabeth "Betsy" Magnuson; his mother Lillian Shaw; sisters, Jessie Laurion and Kathryn Martin; brothers, Robert and Paul; and nine grandchildren.

    Buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot

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