Joe B. McShane, Jr.

Obituary for Joe B. McShane, Jr.

April 11, 1929 - August 7, 2017
The Hills, Texas | Age 88

Obituary

Joseph Bailey McShane, Jr., was born April 11, 1929 in San Antonio, Texas to Joseph Bailey McShane & Ruth Turner McShane. He passed away August 7th after a protracted illness.

Joe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie, 2 children, Timothy C. and wife, Rebecca McShane, Helen Keven McShane DVM and husband, Fred L Brown, Joe B. McShane III, (Deceased, 1997) The McShanes have five Grandchildren: Joseph Bailey IV, Shannon K., Timothy K., R. Chase, and Katherine E. "Kallie" McShane, a brother Mike of Austin and was pre-deceased by brother Patrick, Sister Betty, and his parents.

Joe McShane was educated in San Antonio schools. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson H. S. in San Antonio in 1947, attended Trinity University, San Antonio, before transferring to the University of Texas, Austin. He graduated in 1952 with a B. S. Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

During college and for a period of time after graduation, he served in the Naval Reserves; Joe was honorably discharged as Seaman V-6, in September 1952.

Joe was an Eagle Scout and during his college years in Austin was a Boy Scout Master to a troop of underprivileged boys.

He was always active and community-minded. Joe served as a member of the Jaycees, served on the Board of Directors of the Monahans Chamber of Commerce, and received the Monahans Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award in 1980. He served nine years on the Board of Managers with Ward Memorial Hospital; was a member of the Ward County Airport Advisory Commission; and the Ward County Republican Party. After moving in 1995 to The Hills, Texas, Joe was elected and served on the Board of Aldermen for seven years and on several committees within the community. He served on the Board of Directors of the Lake Travis Republican Party.

Joe received his private pilot license in 1965, and later his instrument rating. Flying was his greatest hobby and joy. He is a Gold Life Member since 1979 of the Commemorative Air Force, formerly the Confederate Air Force and was a leader in moving the organization to Midland, Texas. Joe also served as Wing Leader of the West Texas Wing CAF and received many awards from the CAF organization.

He was an early supporter of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum, Library, and Hall of Fame and served the Museum as a member of the Board of Executors. In May 2017 he was inducted into the Museum's Hall of Fame.

Joe served as a Director of the Texas Savings and Loan in Monahans and later as Director of the Kermit State Bank.

He was a Registered Petroleum Engineer in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, and Nevada. He was the first Registered Petroleum Engineer in Nevada as a consultant to the U.S. Energy Commission on a large atomic waste storage project.

Joe was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers, former member of the Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association and served as a member of its Executive Committee. He was very involved with the Independent Petroleum Association of America, serving as a director and member of the Import Policy Committee. He belonged to the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and served in a number of capacities including President. He also served as President of the National Stripper Well Association, 1978-1979.

In 1990 The Permian Basin Petroleum Association honored Joe B. McShane, Jr. with their TOP HAND Award.

In addition to his civic and professional involvement, he was very involved with his church, St. James Episcopal Church of Monahans and The Diocese of Northwest Texas. He served his church as Treasurer, Warden, and Lay Reader. He served the Diocese of Northwest Texas as Trustee, member of the Standing Committee, Executive Committee, Bishop Selection Committee, Deputy from the Diocese of NW Texas to General Convention in Minneapolis, Denver, and New Orleans. He continued his church involvement after moving to The Hills of Lakeway, associating with a small country Mission Church where he served as Bishop's Warden and Lay Eucharistic Minister.

After graduation from the University of Texas, Austin, he was hired by Forest Oil Company and moved to Monahans in 1952. That began a career that would last for over 43 years. He worked for a short period in the mid 1950's for an Independent, then went to work for Signal Oil and Gas. In 1959 he decided to quit his job and strike out on his own. A quote he always liked to tell people was "I quit my job, got married, and bought a house all in one month". That was the real beginning of his long career as an Independent Oilman.

In 1995 Joe and Marie retired, moved to The Hills of Lakeway, and built a new home where they have resided since.

A private burial will be held in The Cypress Mill Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 263 Spur 962, in Cypress Mill, TX at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to St Luke's Episcopal Church, 263 Spur 962, Cypress Mill TX 78663, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum & Hall of Fame,1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701, The Commemorative Air Force Development Office,SB2C Fund, PO Box 764769, Dallas, TX 75f376, or Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

The family wants to especially thank Joe's caretaker Kevin Lynch and long time house keeper and friend Terry Sue Bounds for their kind care and help.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • In Lieu of Flowers donations may be made to St Luke's Episcopal Church, 263 Spur 962, Cypress Mill TX 78663, Permian Basin Petroleum Museum & Hall of Fame,1500 Interstate 20 West, Midland, TX 79701, or
  • The Commemorative Air Force Development Office,SB2C Fund, PO Box 764769, Dallas, TX 75f376, or Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX.

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