Grandpa’s Obit is Online. It was written by my mom and brother.
SHIKLES, “CALEB” ELROY April 9, 1912 to March 29, 2007
“Caleb” Elroy Shikles gently passed away March 29, 2007 in his home at Wesley Palms, San Diego, with family present.
Caleb lived his life filled with love, compassion and joy and strived to leave the world a better place. Elroy was born in Enon, Missouri, to Minnie Scrivner and Herman Shikles and moved to Los Angeles as a child. He graduated from the University of Redlands where he met his wife, Carol Calvin. After receiving his BA in 1936, he went on to earn his MA and BD from Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. In 1952 they conferred on him a Doctorate of Divinity. He was an ordained American Baptist minister. He served as a pastor for 16 years in Bellingham and Everett, Washington as well as over 32 years in Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado. Caleb was an appreciated Area Minister to 41 churches in Colorado and worked on many national American Baptist boards and the National Council of Churches.
While at Denver First Baptist, he was an outspoken activist for civil rights and sponsored Martin Luther King, Jr. on several occasions. Caleb was an active man his entire life. He participated in handball tournaments in Washington, climbed mountains in Washington and Colorado and was always on the go. In fact, it was tough to get him to slow down.
He held many leadership positions in Kiwanis over 40 years. In Colorado he was known as the “Grey Gourmet” for his public service TV spots on nutrition and health information for seniors. He and Carol also loved to travel, spending time in Russia, the Holy Land and around the world, often preaching in the churches and missions.
At the age of 75 he decided to take on the Biblical name Caleb. He believed the world is a friendlier place if everyone knew your name so he wore his “Caleb” nametag every day. In retirement he and Carol continued their enjoyment of travel, often traveling with Elderhostel. He enjoyed braiding rugs but his real loves were people and peace.
With his grandson John, Caleb did a weekly online webcast called “HugNation” which linked him to people all over the world. He stayed in touch with friends and family around the world through e-mail and marveled at how connected and beautifully small the world had become.
Caleb is survived by his daughter Susan Styn (Ron) of San Diego, and his three sons, David Shikles (Janet) of Boulder, CO, Jim Shikles (Ann) of Manitou Springs, CO, John Shikles (Ceci) of Steamboat Springs, CO, seven grandchildren, Heather, Tracy, John, Jim, Brooke, Heidi, and Abby, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Carol, his beloved wife of 65 years. A Memorial Service for Caleb Elroy Shikles will be held Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 11 AM at the Community Congregational Church of Pacific Beach United Church of Christ, 2088 Beryl St., San Diego, 92109. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the University of Redlands with a notation to the Shikles-Styn Family Endowed Scholarship Fund. Mail to: The University of Redlands, 1200 East Colton Ave, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999.