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Anthony George Shimkus
May 2, 1961 ~ October 27, 2023 (age 62) 62 Years Old
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Anthony George Shimkus, known fondly as "Skip" or "Tony" to his dear friends, embarked on his final journey on October 27, 2023. Born on May 2, 1961, in the vibrant city of Chicago, IL, Anthony's life was a testament to his loving, inspiring, supportive, and thoughtful nature. A true soldier in every sense, he served with distinction in the Army and later in the Department of Defense Navy. His impressive list of awards and recognitions, including the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal among others, bear witness to his dedication and service.
Anthony's professional journey took him to many places, from Molokai, Hawaii to Germany and Korea. As a Water Purification Specialist, he demonstrated his commitment to service and the environment. His work in the field of agriculture was much appreciated, particularly in Utah, Great Lakes Naval Base Illinois, and Hawaii where he held a Grade IV operator Certificate. Anthony’s dedication extended beyond his professional life, and he was deeply passionate about basketball. His love for the game was only rivaled by his love for the book Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, a story that spoke deeply to his adventurous and free-spirited soul.
Anthony was a steadfast Christian, praying daily and living faithfully. The guiding verse from his life could well be Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” He was a beacon of light to those who knew him, embodying the values of God, family, and country that he held dear. Anthony is survived by his sons, Jeffery and Stephen Shimkus, who will continue to honor their father's legacy. He joins his mother, Barbara Halcrow in eternal rest.
Anthony was truly happy, and his joy was infectious. His memory will forever be a source of strength and inspiration for those who had the privilege of knowing him. We invite everyone who was touched by Anthony's life to share their memories and upload photos to his memorial page. Your stories and pictures will serve as a testament to the incredible life Anthony led, and the loving, inspiring, supportive, and thoughtful man that he was.
Funeral services will be held November 14, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Utah Veterans Memorial Park Chapel, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah. Military honors will be accorded.
Services under the direction of Myers Mortuary of Layton.