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Elvin "Bud" Shaw

February 21, 1928 April 5, 2020
Elvin "Bud" Shaw
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SHAW, Elvin “Bud” (Age 92) Our beloved father passed away April 5, 2020 in Spokane, Washington. He was born February 21, 1928 in Spokane, Washington to Almund W. and Ina B. Shaw. Bud attended Irving Middle School, and graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1946. During his high school years, he delivered newspapers for the Spokane Press. He was an active member of the Naval Air reserve from 1949, to 1958. He met Josephine M. Kelly “Jo” while they were both in the Naval Air Reserve. They were married in 1950, and had two children, Wayne and Ron.

Bud worked for Washington Auto Carriage from 1946 to 1949, and owned a Service Station from 1949-1951. He began working for the Washington Water Power in 1952, where he worked at several dams around the Northwest including Noxon Rapids, Cabinet Gorge, and Little Falls. In 1970, Bud began working as a surveyor for the Washington Water Power, in Davenport Washington, until his retirement in 1988.

Throughout this time, Bud and his family also devoted a great amount of time and effort into helping Jo’s mom “Cecelia Kelly” to improve and maintain the Kelly – Ludwig family homestead near Cheney. With the family’s help, Cecelia was able to live on the homestead until the age of 101.

Bud and his wife “Jo” and their sons love the outdoors, swimming, and boating. Around 1970, they purchased a river front property on Priest River, and began to build a campsite for their travel trailer. Throughout the next several decades, Bud, Jo and their sons spent much of their leisure time enjoying Priest River, while continuing to improve the property.

Once he retired, Bud and Jo traveled to various places around North America, and the world. They both loved to travel, and frequently travelled with their lifelong friends Dean and Lois Ottmar. They celebrated Labor Day together at Wallowa Lake, every year, for over 50 years.

He was devoted to his family, and a skilled craftsman who was continually working on creative projects and home remodels. Bud is survived by his sons, Wayne K. Shaw, Ronald E. Shaw (Bridget). The family sincerely thanks the staff of Rockwood, and Horizon Hospice for their compassionate support which allowed our father to pass peacefully at the Rockwood Courtyard. Bud will rest next to Jo at Spokane Memorial Gardens. Due to current travel restrictions, a memorial will be held at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (, Alzheimer’s Foundation (www. or Horizon Hospice (

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