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Verne Calvin Shur, Jr.

November 10, 1929 — August 21, 2023



Verne Calvin Shur Jr., 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, August 21, leaving behind a life of love, service, and cherished memories. Born on November 10, 1929 to Martha Laird and Verne Shur Sr. in Mechanicsburg, Verne led a life filled with hard work, dedication, and unwavering devotion to his family, friends, and interests.  

A proud veteran, Verne served his country honorably in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Robert H. McCard DD 822 and U.S.S. Fargo CL 106 from 1947-1950 in the engineering department. Telling stories about his time on the ships, particularly sailing through the Mediterranean, always brought a smile to his face.  

One of Verne’s greatest joys was his deep love for his wife, Joyce Simmons. High school sweethearts who married in 1950, their marriage was a shining example of love and partnership, inspiring those around them. Together, they built a life filled with shared experiences and cherished moments.  

Throughout his professional life, Verne began work in the railroad industry at the Steelton & Highspire Railroad Company. However, Verne’s passion for the Navy never left him. He went on to proudly work at the Mechanicsburg Naval Supply Depot, contributing 32 years of expertise, work ethic, and commitment.  

When he wasn't spending quality time with his beloved family or on the job, Verne pursued many hobbies, which included being an avid hunter and trout fisherman.  Whether in pursuit of game or casting a line for trout, he always enjoyed being outdoors with the people who shared these passions.  

Verne also enjoyed the camaraderie of playing cards with friends, engaging in friendly competition and laughter-filled gatherings. His skill at the card table was matched only by his ability to make those around him feel welcome and valued.  

Verne had a passion for baseball. He could often be found engaged in animated conversations about the game, sharing his insights, and recounting the box score of his favorite team, the Detroit Tigers.  

Long Beach Island held a special place in Verne’s heart. A frequent vacation spot, the island's sandy shores, beautiful lighthouses, and favorite local restaurants provided a retreat where he could relax, unwind, and create cherished memories with his family.  

Verne is survived by his three children, Rodney (Karen), Kenneth (Donna), and Pamela; two grandchildren, Amy and Eric (Megan); and three great grandchildren, Sarah, Luke, and Levi, who will forever carry his memory in their hearts.  

In honor of Verne, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Young’s Church of Mechanicsburg, 7075 Wertzville Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050,, where he was a member.  

Verne would like to be remembered as a lifetime resident of Mechanicsburg, hard-working family man, and diehard Detroit Tigers fan.  

Verne’s family will be remembering his life privately.  Burial in Mechanicsburg Cemetery will be at the family’s convenience.  

Verne’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Verne’s full obituary, view his memorial video, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign his official guest book by visiting  

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