In Memory of Doug Shirley

Doug Shirley
Doug Shirley
Born: May 29, 1949
Died: July 19, 2018
Age: 69
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Doug Shirley
May 29, 1949 - July 19, 2018
From: Nevada, IA

Doug Shirley, age 69, our colorful and caring friend, son, father, brother, and cousin, passed away at his home on Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada.  Burial with military honors will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa, at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doug's name may be directed to any veterans organization.  Sharing on Facebook is welcomed.

Born May 29, 1949, in Ferguson, Missouri, Paul Douglas Shirley was the son of Robert Paul and Dorothy (Smith) Shirley.  He grew up in the Atlantic, Iowa, area where he graduated from high school in 1967.  This was just in time to serve in Vietnam with the HHC 2nd Battalion, 61st Infantry of the United States Army.  Doug was very proud of being a Purple Heart veteran and appreciated the military honors he received, including a memorable honor flight to Washington, D.C.

Doug was a friend of Bill W. for many years.  He enjoyed being part of Aim for Ames for the last 31 years.  Doug also loved sharing time and trips with his Army buddies and their families, as well as the company of friends and family who listened to his bits of wisdom and many stories.

Doug was married to Heidi Lytle and was a proud parent to his son, John. 

Survivors include his son, John (Stephanie) Espinosa of Colorado Springs, CO; three granddaughters, Katelynn, Abigail, and Allison; his mother, Dorothy Shirley Soucek of Washington, IA; a sister, Suzanne (Richard) Riley of Provo, UT; two step-sisters, Karen McGuire of Gahanna, OH, and Jean (Jon) Gloyer of Washington, IA; and the remaining “Dozen Cousins.”

He was preceded in death by his father; his step-father, Henry Soucek; and two step-brothers, Steve Soucek and Stanley Soucek.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Doug and his family.


Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:16 PM
“Doug was a great old friend, dating back to high school. I will always remember his kind, sweet ways. He ws a decorated Veteran and great friend to all who knew him. RIP Doug!
- Marlynne Pike
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:35 AM
“Nam/Band of Brothers. Rest in Peace.”
- michael lewitzke
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:35 AM
“I will remember you as a lifelong friend, golf buddy and a decorated warrior. Thanks for the Vegas visit in 2015 and all the memories from the class of 69. We will see you again in heaven. Blessings and Peace out! Love Perry, ”
- Perry Rutledge
Friday, August 3, 2018 at 9:35 AM
“Doug was such a colorful character. He will be missed by many. Lots of "life experiences" were part of Doug. RIP, my friend. Tell Andy hello for me.”
- Nancy Fredrickson
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“Douglass you my lifetime friend will be missed terribly,we shared lots of great times in S Cali and Iowa of course,I sure wish I could have been around these last few years but you know, I love you like the Brother you were and we will see you again at a later date,R.I.P. Sir!!!!!!”
- Randy Terrill
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 9:22 AM
“Doug, it was such an HONOR to work with you at CLP. Your brilliant mind, taught our clients, and I new ways of looking at our lives. Your laugh, your jokes, your stories of the war you were in. Thank you sir, may you rest in peace. You and your family our in my thoughts and prayers.

Sara Sampson”
- Sara Sampson
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10:00 a.m.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Pastor Russ Burnett


Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Adel, IA
11:00 a.m.
Monday, August 6, 2018