Patrick Avis Shifflett, 75, Vero Beach

Patrick Avis Shifflett, 75, died Nov. 10, 2010, at his home.

He was born in Washington, D.C., and lived in Vero Beach for 38 years, coming from Hammond, Ind. Before retirement, he was a teacher in the Indian River County School District where he taught vocational classes and mathematics until his retirement in from 1974 to 1995.

He was also an assistant football coach for the Vero Beach Fighting Indians.

Before that he had been a firebrick mason at Youngstown Steel Co. in East Chicago, Ind.

He served in the Navy as a submariner.

He was a member of the Vero Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3918, the Vero Beach American Legion Post 39, the International Union of Bricklayers, the Indian Harbor Masonic Lodge 686 of Highland, Ind., the Italian American Civic Association of Vero Beach and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge.

Survivors include his son, Mike Shifflett, of Starke; daughters, Terri Lee and Micky Decker, both of Vero Beach, and Carlleen Cairns, of Cocoa; brothers, Elmer T. Reardon and Timothy Shifflett, both of Black Mountain, N.C.; sister, Mary Ann Joyner, of Lake Worth; companion, Jeanne S. Elliott, of Vero Beach; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley A. Shifflett; and brothers, Avis Richard Shifflett and George Shifflett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Patrick A. Shifflett Memorial Vocational Scholarship, 1707 16th St., Vero Beach 32960. Checks should be made payable to Vero Beach High School.

A memorial service will be at a later date. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory in Vero Beach. A guestbook may be signed at

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