David Shaw and his late wife, Dolores, have been long-lived ‘doers’ in the Marion community, having devoted decades volunteering for Meals on Wheels, cleaning up areas within the city together, and helping maintain their church grounds.
Dave Shaw, originally from Missouri, moved to Michigan where he met his wife Dolores. They moved to Marion for Dave to pursue a job through General Motors in 1965. Dolores then worked many years for Marion Community Schools serving food in the cafeteria. After both retired from careers, they became regular volunteers.
Daughter, Cindy Cunningham, stated her parents would see a need, and fulfill it. She added that they did not want to do it for any recognition.
Together, they both drove routes serving meals to area residents in need through Meals on Wheels. Dave also volunteered at St. Martin Community Center, and for Carey Services before obtaining a paid maintenance job. Dave and Dolores would go to Matter Park every day and pick up trash. Every Sunday for years, they voluntarily cared for the Tricia Reitler Memorial on the south side, planting flowers, weeding, and watering. Additionally, they would do yard work and help out with maintenance of St. Paul Catholic Church.
They were notably fans and season ticket holders of Marion High School Boys Basketball. Dolores would routinely make peanut butter cookies for the Giants Basketball team.
Things took a turn in 2019 when Dolores became ill. In October of 2020, she passed away at the age of 86, just one day before her and Dave’s 70th wedding anniversary.
In April of 2021, Dave was honored for 30 years of serving with Meals on Wheels. That day, he was presented with a trophy, and a separate commemorative trophy in honor of Dolores’ dedicated service.
Today, Dave still volunteers for Meals on Wheels at the age of 89. Cindy’s son, Derek Cunningham, drives from Kokomo each week, taking his grandfather on the route delivering meals in order to continue the family legacy.