Kenton B. Shaw was devoted to teaching, travel and faith

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 6:22 p.m. CDT; updated 8:51 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — Kenton Shaw developed his sense of adventure young when he traveled to Europe with two other boys at the age of 17; they spent their summer sleeping in youth hostels and farmers’ barns.

“They traveled on motor scooters,” his wife, Marcia Shaw, said. “When they came back, they sold their motor scooters for passage back on the ship to the United States.”

Kenton B. Shaw of Columbia died Tuesday, May 27, 2014. He was 75.

Mr. Shaw was born May 2, 1939, in Salina, Kan., to Fred and Arline (Thompson) Shaw. He married Marcia (Cook) Shaw on May 31, 1959.

In addition to his love of travel, Mr. Shaw enjoyed teaching. After graduating from the Emporia State University Teachers College in Emporia, Kan., he taught mathematics at Hutchinson Kansas Middle School where he was also the football coach.

After teaching middle school, Mr. Shaw traveled throughout Kansas as well as to Columbia, Saint Louis, Raleigh, N.C., and Charlottesville, Va., for his job at State Farm Insurance Co., where he worked for 37 years.

Working with claims at State Farm Insurance also allowed him the opportunity to teach. He taught auto claim school for the company in Bloomington, Ill., Marcia Shaw said.

No matter where his job took him, though, his devotion to his Methodist faith never faltered.

His faith began at a young age when he and his family lived in Enterprise, Kan.

“We were members of the Methodist Church and for many years we lived within walking distance of a Methodist church,” his mother, Arline Shaw, said. “One time, when it was very snowy and very few people got to church, we walked to church, and the minister’s wife ran out with her camera and said she was taking a picture of the ideal Methodist family.”

Shaw valued her relationship with her son. Mr. Shaw called her almost every day.

“We always had things to talk about,” she said.

Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife; son, Scott Shaw, and his wife, Nancy of Columbia; daughters Brenda Shaw, of Normal, Ill., and Amy David, of Columbia; brother, Craige Shaw, and his wife, Melody, of Ontario, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Mia Shaw, Allison and Madison Brown and Hunter Shaw O’Connell.

His father, Fred Shaw, died previously.

A reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. June 7, at McMurry Chapel at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. Services will follow the reception at the same location; inurnment will follow the service in the Memorial Garden at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163, the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741, or Hospice Compassus, 600 Monroe St, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

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