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Shirley Wall

Shirley Kaye Wall

September 8, 1946 - October 12, 2020
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Obituary

Shirley Kaye (Slater) Wall, 74, passed from this earth on Monday, October 12, 2020, at her home in Sturgis.
Shirley was born on September 8, 1946 in Moline, IL to Charles W. and Eleanor R. (Brown) Slater. She joined her big sister, Lorna. The family moved to California about 1950, and then to Sturgis, SD in 1953, where she entered 2nd grade. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1964.
She had the fantastic luck to meet Dave Wall in her senior year of high school, and they wed on November 21, 1964, becoming life partners. They lived for a short time in Lead and Deadwood, and then struck out to see the world, starting in Coeur d’Alene, ID. They followed the Oregon coast to Albany for a year or so, and then back north to Spokane, WA. In 1968, the couple returned to Sturgis, where Dave opened a mechanics shop, Dave’s Auto Repair. Shirley worked with him at the shop doing bookwork and running parts. She also helped with the grunt work and had a real “talent” for cleaning valves, washing trannies, and scraping gaskets. She worked part-time at the Sooper Dooper Market from 1971-1973, in addition to her time at Dave’s Auto. During these years she also became a Girl Scout Leader with sidekick, Bonnie Alberts, even travelling with the troop to Denver, Girl Scout National Center West, and Yellowstone National Park.
In 1973, Shirley embarked on her career as the NAPA lady. In a time when relatively few women worked in the auto parts business, she went to work for Don and Mary Tech at Key City Auto as a full-time counterman. She enjoyed the challenge of winning the acceptance of the ranchers and farmers that were a big part of the customer base. From 1973 to 1984, she worked for Don. Then Dave made the big decision to close the shop operations and to take a job in Wyoming, so in May of 1985, she followed him, becoming the manager at Policky Enterprises, a brand-new NAPA store in Wright, WY. She stayed with the new owners, Chuck and Rhonda Johnson, when they purchased the store in 1990, renaming it as Wright Auto Parts. Shirley retired from the Wright store in May of 2013, having spent a total of 40 years working in the NAPA parts system. Over those years, satisfied customers often referred to her as the best parts person around.
Shirley and her sister, Lorna, developed a taste for travel together in their middle years. They took tours that included the East Coast, Europe, the British Isles, Italy, Texas, and a favorite, the train trip across Canada. These trips were occasions for Shirley and Lorna to share quality sister time and to take thousands of photographs, which were later organized in photo albums and books.
Dave and Shirley planned to retire “back home” in Sturgis, where they had always kept and maintained their house and shop during the Wyoming Years. This was the place where they vacationed every year during the Rally, and they hosted a wonderful crowd of friends who became their Rally family. They also drove over from Wright almost every weekend of those 28 years to relax, unwind, and spend time with old friends.
However, although Shirley retired, Dave was still working and wasn’t ready to pack up his wrenches yet. He never got that chance, as he was lost to complications from surgery on November 1, 2013.
In February of 2014, Shirley followed their original plan and came “back home” to spend her retirement in the house that had brought them both comfort and stability, and where she would continue to enjoy hosting her Rally family.
Shirley is survived by her sister, Lorna (John) Moline of Gooding, ID; son, Andrew (Nicole) Doell of Gillette, WY; nieces, Peggy (Leenknecht) (Rob) Roberts of Rapid City, SD, and Kathy Urban of Issaquah, WA; nephews, Dale Leenknecht of Custer, SD, and Mike (Dorothy) Urban of Renton, WA; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Thomasa and Al Leenknecht of Custer, SD.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, David Wall; her parents, Charles Slater and Eleanor Branson; sister-in-law, Jean Urban; niece, Sarah Graham; and nephew, Carl Leenknecht.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2020, also at Kinkade Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    October 18, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    October 18, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    October 19, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    October 19, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    Address
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Paul Henschen
  • Interment

    October 19, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    October 19, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    Bear Butte Cemetery
    Address
    1147 Sherman Street
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Gary Hendrickson

Posted at 09:24am
I spent many weekend nights hanging out at Dave and Shirley's shop riding on the shirttails of my Uncle John Steeves. For a teenage boy to see and learn about all that HP had me hooked. Have been a motorhead ever since! Very good experience learning from Uncle John Dave because I was always breaking things. Shirley had a calm about here that kept the boys somewhat grounded and when she spoke they listened. I will truly miss the Wall family but having some lifetime memories from both shop locations will always be there! Gary Hendrickson
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Fuzzy, Colleen, and Brian

Posted at 02:43pm
"Shirley Wall" will remain in our hearts forever.
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Anna Frohman

Posted at 01:20pm
So sorry to hear of Shirley passing, such a smart intelligent and friendly lady. I won't forget you Shirley, you'll be missed by many.
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Maxine Conway

Posted at 04:30pm
Shirley was one of the finest people I have ever met..she treated me like a daughter and really good friend..she will be really missed.
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Paul Vermont

Posted at 10:06am
Shirley The most gracious caregiving loving friend to so many. We will all miss you so much Sturgis just won't be the same without you. Rest in peace.
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