Calvin “Buttons” Shadley 1945-2013
On the morning of Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, Calvin Henry “Buttons” Shadley was ushered peacefully into the presence of God with the prayers and singing of family at his side. Buttons was born June 23, 1945, at the Klamath Indian Agency on the former Klamath Indian Reservation in Chiloquin, OR. to Calvin Shadley and Laura Ellen Picard Grabner (former Shadley and Summers). Buttons is survived by his wife Diana Lynn Shadley, daughters Brenda, Laura, and Leanna Shadley, Renee Self (husband Gregg) son Tony Waites (partner Rahael Hicks) parents Laura and Ray Grabner of Redmond, OR, brothers Ronald “Cobby” Shadley, Albert “Abby” Summers (wife Ruth), Frank Summers, James Shadley, Keith, Kevin and Tony Williams. Sisters, Roylene Harrington, Mary Gentry (husband Don), Kristy Summers (partner Tara), and Julie Shadley.
He leaves behind 12 grandghildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, Aunt Barbara Wright of Chiloquin, OR. Uncles Alfred and Jerry Bagley of Warm Springs, OR and many realtions.
He joined the United States Marine Corp in February of 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1968, He was in the 5th Division Marines, Special Forces-Weapons Specialty Unit and was an outstanding soldier and marksman. He participated in many battles during the Vietnam Conflict including Operation Harvest Moon of 1965. He returned home to the states during a time of turmoil over the war and was not honored as a veteran returning home from battle. He struggled many years with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and displayed many symptoms of the inner conflict that went untreated and unresolved. In 1998, he returned home to the family ranch of Dockney Flats in Chiloquin, OR and began his journey and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ whom he accepted as his Lord and savior. He also assisted his sister Mary with the care of their ailing father, Albert Summers.
Buttons entered White City Rehabilitation in August of 1999 and began the battle to recover from the anger, hurt and memories of the past. During this healing time he and Diana LeClaire, his friend and mentor grew close, found a home church and family at the Rogue Valley Christian Fellowship in Medford, Or. Together they were known as prayer warriors and began their work as missionaries. Buttons expressed his love for Christ with deep commitment to bring the word of God and encouragement to all natives, veterans, homeless people, and his family. He had an inspirational testimony. His healing ministry was powerful and he learned to play the native flute which he shared in his church sanctuary, hospitals and where ever the spirit led. He and now wife Diana took the message of love, hope, faith and salvation to the unsaved. They especially loved to travel to Chiloquin and Warm Springs. They were sent out under the authority of Pastor Dave Boye of the Rogue Valley Christian Fellowship. Pastor Dave and their church family supported and encouraged his ministry with their love and prayers. Buttons was honored to be selected to travel to Israel in 2003, as part of native Christian ministry team with Evangelist Linda Prince. His stated legacy, “We (he and his wife Diana) want to leave a legacy of doing the will of God. Jesus left us a legacy through the orders he gave his disciples. Our legacy should reflect his. That’s our focus, to reach out to others with God’s love,” Calvin H. Shadley, The Christian Journal, December, 2008).
As a respected Wasco, Klamath, Shasta Tribal Elder and enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indians he will be missed by many. He will be remembered as a man of God and mighty prayer warrior.
Buttons was preceded in death by his grandparents, father’s Calvin H. Shadley and Albert R. Summers, younger sister Lorilee Picard Shadley Stockton, son Greg Norwest.
Celebration of Life services were held Thurday, May 30, 2013, at the Chiloquin Christian Center, Chiloquin, Or. A dinner followed. A second Celebration of life services were held on June 2, 2013, at his home church, Rogue Valley Christian Center. Graveside Services will be at the Eagle Point Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Eagle Point, Oregon at a later date.