Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
November 10, 1993
John Francis Shirk, Glendora, Ca., born 24 June 1917, died 8
November 1993. He was the son of the late John
H. and Carrier Hinderer Shirk and was preceded in death by
his wife, Maxine Moody Shirk of Cushing and two brothers,
George H. and
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. James Buchholz, Auwahnee,
Ca.; grandson, Justin; sister, Lucyl
of Oklahoma City; and his very special and longtime friend, Mrs.
Laura Jordan, Hemet, Ca. He was raised in the First Lutheran
Church of Oklahoma City and his absolute faith in God sustained
him throughout his life. He graduated from Central High School,
where he starred in football as an end on the All State
Championship teams and in track, where he held the all time high
school record for the discus throw. John matriculated to the
University of Oklahoma, where he pledged Phi Delta Theta. There
he continued in the sports that he loved, playing on the Big Six
Championship team in the Orange Bowl and again setting an all
time record in the discus throw. In 194 0, he was drafted by the
Chicago Cardinals and played with that pro football team until
his induction into the Army as a captain in the Field Artillery.
At the invasion of Salerno, he was captured and sent to a German
prison camp in Poland.
Following the war, John moved to California to establish
JOSCO Plastics which grew into a multi-million dollar industry
before his retirement and take over by American Hospital.
Interment will be at
Rose Hill Cemetery
with a private graveside service.
Oct 14, 1943, page 18
John Shirk, an end on the University of Oklahoma's Orange bowl
team, is believed to be a prisoner of the Germans, his mother,
Mrs. John H. Shirk, 626 NE 16, has been advised by the war
department. In the 1940 season, after his graduation from
Oklahoma, Shirk played with the pro Chicago Cardinals.
June 29, 1945
Lieut. John Shirt, one of Oklahoma's great end on Tom
Stidham's football juggernauts of the late thirties, is home
after a length hitch as a German prisoner of war. Shirk
was captured in the battle of Saleno, he was called to active
duty in February 1941 and went overseas a year later.
Jan 30, 1937
John H. Shirk was re-elected president of the city Camp Fire
Girls council at a meeting of the board of directors Friday
August 25, 1963
The marriage setting of Miss Jill Stephanie Shirk daughter of
Mr. & Mrs. John R. Shirk, Sr. and Ernest William Cockrell, son
of Mrs. Herman William Cockrell, Idabel, and the later Mr.
Cockrell was the Zion United Church of Christ.
Sources: good faith fair use of sources stated above
Compiled, transcribed and submitted by Marti Graham, Oklahoma County, OKGenWeb Coordinator,
January 2009. Information
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