Herbert Keith Shera Sr., 77, former Drug Enforcement Agency intelligence analyst

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Herbert Keith Shera Sr.
Herbert Keith Shera Sr.

Herbert Keith Shera Sr., 77, of Wilmington, passed away at his home on Monday, June 20, 2016, in the care and comfort of his family. He was born October 31, 1938, the only child of Mildred Elizabeth (Stoddard) Shera and Herbert Clinton Shera.

He lived in the small town of Laurel during his early childhood, then moved to Connersville, Ind. An exemplary student, active in athletics and music, he was awarded a Naval ROTC scholarship to the University of Louisville. After graduating in 1961, he began active duty as a lieutenant junior grade in Norfolk as a navigation and gunnery officer. He loved being underway aboard the USS Murray, a destroyer (during which time she surfaced a Soviet submarine amidst the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis). He fulfilled his obligation, and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant from active duty. His civilian service continued with the Naval Investigative Service in Baltimore, Md., where he conducted investigations. He moved with his wife and two young children to Woodbridge, Va., in 1968 to work as an intelligence analyst with the Drug Enforcement Agency, and later for the U.S. Customs Service in Washington, D.C. He retired in 1995 to Wilmington.

He was married to his beloved Nancy Lee (Hall) Shera on February 24, 1962, in Norfolk, Va., who survives him, as do his children, Sheralee Shera Hurwitz (Mark S. Hurwitz) and Herbert Keith Shera Jr., and grandchildren, Rachel M. Hurwitz, Jacob Bruce Hurwitz and Matthew Clinton Hurwitz.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Andrews Valley Chapel.

Flowers, or donations in his memory to the American Heart Association, are welcomed.

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