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Herschel Neil Shorey

Sep 17, 1931 - Dec 11, 2016

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Knoxville - Herschel Neil Shorey passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Father, husband, electrician, and farmer, he was a man of tremendous work ethic, great integrity, unselfish generosity, and had a sense humor for all occasions. He gave more than he received and made a positive impact on everyone who knew him.


Born on September 17, 1939, Neil was the oldest of five Shorey siblings who grew up on the family farm in Frankfort, Maine. He served our country in the United States Army by working as a microwave technician in Germany from 1957 to 1961. His service was not without a cost as it led to the onset of blindness early in his life. On December 11, 1964, Neil married Virginia "Ginny" Shorey. Together, the Neil and Ginny team, reigned for fifty-two years, raising four boys on a poultry farm in Thorndike and later in Pittsfield, Maine. Neil's four sons grew up idolizing their father because of his great example. Despite always having multiple jobs, Neil found time to volunteer coach his kids in basketball and baseball. Neil was a problem solver who enjoyed engineering, building and electrical projects. To the very end, there were many projects underway at the Shorey House in Knoxville, Tennessee. Often Neil would do some wiring for neighbors at no charge. He suffered through many challenges and was knocked down by life many times, but he always got back up. Hard work and resiliency epitomized his life and were some of the many values that he instilled in his boys and their children.


He is predeceased by his father and mother, Herschel and Catherine Shorey, his wife of 52 years, Ginny Shorey, his brother Scott, Andrew his son, and Bailey, his dog.


Neil is survived by his brother Bill and his wife Jean, Nancy and her husband Dale, and Carol and her husband, John. His four boys Arnold and his wife Stacy, Alan and his wife Stephanie, Aaron and his wife Heather, and Aric and his wife, Rebecca. Neil was adored by his grandchildren: Andrew, Chris, Charlie, Alan, Annie, Katie, Matt, and Riley. And of course his faithful dog Rowdy.


A celebration of his life will take place at a graveside service at the family's site in Monroe, tentatively on Saturday, May 20th, 2017 at 11 am which is also his wife Ginny's birthday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Neil's name to the Young-Williams Animal Village 6400 Kingston Pike, Knoxville Tennessee, 37919 or online at young-Williams.org
Published on  December 12, 2016
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