In loving memory of Calvin "Buttons" Shadley (Pahowatush). On the morning of Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Ore., 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, Ore., to Calvin Henry Shadley and Laura Ellen Picard Grabner (formerly Shadley and Summers). Buttons is survived by his wife, Diana Lynn Shadley; daughters, Brenda, Laura, and Leanna Shadley, and Renee Self (husband Gregg); son, Tony Waites (partner Rachel Hicks); parents, Laura and Ray Grabner of Redmond, Ore.; brothers, Ronald "Cobby" Shadley, Albert "Abby" Summers Jr. (wife Ruth), Frank Summers, James Shadley, and Keith, Kevin and Tony Williams; sisters, Roylene Harrington, Mary Gentry (husband Don), Kristy Summers (partner Tara), and Julie Shadley. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; aunt Barbara Wright, of Chiloquin; uncles Alfred and Jerry Bagley, of Warm Springs, Ore.; and many other relations.
He joined the United States Marine Corps in February 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. 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 on Dockney Flats in Chiloquin 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 Domiciliary in August 1999 and began the battle to recover from the anger, hurt, and memories of his past. During his healing time, he and Diana LeClaire, his friend and mentor, grew close and found a home church and family at the Rogue Valley Fellowship in Medford. Together, they were known as prayer warriors and began their work as missionaries. Buttons expressed his love for Christ with a deep commitment to bring the word of God and encouragement to all natives, veterans, homeless people, and his family and 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 wherever the spirit led. He and his wife 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 Booye of the Rogue Valley Fellowship. Pastor Dave and RVF family supported and encouraged his ministry with their love and prayers. Buttons was honored to be selected to travel to Israel in May 2003 as part of a native Christian ministry team with Evangelist Linda Prince. His stated legacy, "We (he and wife) 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 other 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; his fathers, Calvin H. Shaldey and Albert R. Summers; younger sister, Lorilee Picard Shadley Stockton; and son, Greg Norwest.
Celebration of life services will be Thursday, May 30, in the Chiloquin Christian Center, Chiloquin, at 1 p.m., with dinner will follow. A second celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m., June 2, 2013, at his home church, Rogue Valley Fellowship (RVF), 2399 South Pacific Highway, Medford. Graveside services will be at Eagle Point Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Eagle Point, Ore., Monday, June 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.