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Services for TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Laurie Shappie, VQ-3

JULY 1, 1957–NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Memorial Service will be held on

Sat, 19 Dec, at 1000 at

Arlington Memory Gardens

3400 North Midwest Blvd

Oklahoma City, OK 73141

Lorrie was a Navy veteran of TACAMO VQ-3, so Bill is hoping for a showing of our Navy family. In his words, “Hope to see some of the retired mess there to honor the passing of a vet.”

This will be an outside service to accommodate more attendees due to COVID, an Honor Guard reserved.

OKC Veterans and Sailors:

The best place for the Veterans & Sailors to line the road is from the N. Midwest Blvd entrance heading northwest. There is no problem with Veterans & Sailors parking on the side of that road and standing in between the parked cars to line it. The motorcycle group, Patriot Guard will escorts honor fallen member. Funeral directors will be on location well before the service begins and will greet attendees and direct them to the memorial site.

Lorrie Jane Arnold was born 01 July 1957, Glendale California. Daughter of Andrew and Jeanetta Arnold. Graduated from Bukley WA High School in 1976 and Joined the United States Navy. She served in the Navy for 4 years 6 months and 7 days, She achieved the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. Lorrie served more than 10 Years Civilian Service to the U. S. Air Force and achieved the grade of GS-11 Married to William Leo Shappie on 21 November 1976. Became a Navy Wife and mother of two wonderful children. Gave birth to William Lawrence Shappie June 19, 1978. Gave birth to Rebecca Ann Shappie January 6th 1981. Lorrie was a faithful Christian, devoted wife of 43 years, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind her Husband of 43 years, Son, Daughter and two grandchildren, Ethan and Hannah. Her final resting place is Arlington Memory Gardens of Midwest City, OK


Bill (William) Shappie (TACAMO Sailor) posted on Facebook:

"Most of you know that I don't post very much. Sad news is never easy to tell. My wife of 43 years passed away last night. Even as I tell this I am tearing up a little bit. She was a Navy veteran and Navy wife who raised two wonderful children. We were all at her side in the end. She's in a better place now without pain or sorrow. I will see her again in Heaven.

"She was with me at VQ3 Agana Guam from around June 1978 to 1 October 1980. She was in QA with a very young Lieutenant John Kielty. She worked with Senior Chief McDonald in Maintenance Control until she was Honorably discharged from active duty. She was a Navy wife for over 40 Years and we came to Oklahoma where I worked as a contractor for over 9 years in support of the TACAMO platform."

Posted by "Irish" John Keilty Bill, I am so sorry for your loss. Laurie was such a wonderful lady. A great Sailor! She kept great track of and took such great care of these Sailors of VQ3 in Guam. Wow, she was good. Back then everything was typed no computers and Laurie was non stop perfection on the keyboard. We all loved Laurie. Bill your family is in our thoughts and prayers

Bill and Laruie

Photo taken in 2014: 38th Wedding Anniversary Dinner


TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to the Shappie family and friends during this time of the passing. 


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