Earl was born in New Richmond, Ind., to the union of Charles and Eva (Miller) Shobe on July 5, 1909.
Earl joined the United States Navy at the age of 16 July 10, 1927, and was honorably discharged Nov. 16, 1937.
His first civilian job after the Navy was in Buffalo Valley, Nev. He often came to Elko and that is where he met the love of his life, Augustine Sabala. Earl married "Augie" April 10, 1943, in Elko, Nve.
He worked as a bookkeeper for the Elko-Lamoille Power Company and, simultaneously, as a flight controller for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Elko Airport.
He retired from both jobs due to vision problems.
Earl worked as a radioman with the Navy and furthered that occupation, becoming an amateur radio operator for the remainder of his life. He spoke with his "ham" buddies as recently as a week prior to his death. He was a 40-year member of the YLISSB (Young Ladies International Single Side Banders) amateur radio organization. Earl also belonged to the 10-10 International Amateur Radio organization since 1978. He loved to travel and was able to visit Europe twice as well as Cuba before travel restrictions. He was able to travel to Nova Scotia, Barbados, Orcas Island and numerous states for ham radio conventions with daughter and son-in-law, Francine and Cliff Ferry. In addition, he attended the 10-10 Conventions in Reno, Nev., with daughter and son-in-law Earlene and Jesse Larsen.
Earl was a long-standing member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church after being baptized May 18, 1957. He earned 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was a 67-year member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks as well as the Nevada Civic Club.
Earl was preceded in death by his loving wife, Augustine Sabala Shobe, his parents, his brothers Leo, Bill and Phillip Shobe, and son-in-law Kenneth Dory.
He is survived by daughters Earlene (Jesse) Larsen, Wells, Nev., Charlene Dory, Elko, Nev., and Francine (Cliff) Ferry, Elko, Nev., brother Cecil (Mary) Shobe, Brazil, his seven grandchildren Traci (Jeff Callahan) Dory, Carson City, Nev., Earl Larsen, Twin Falls, Idaho, Mark (Jody) Dory, Elko, Nev., Toni Hughes, Twin Falls, Idaho, Daniel (Kim) Larsen, Reno, Nev., Willie Ames, Elko, Nev., and John Ames, Elko, Nev., his great-grandchildren, Kellie Adams, Shelby Ames, Jaime Dory, Andrew Ames, Arianna Ames, Matthew Larsen, and Kobe Ames, his great-great-grandchildren, Aleric, Errolyn, Sean, Markus and Micke, and numerous other family and friends who loved and cherished him dearly.
Earl's life was celebrated Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elko, Nev., and he was laid to rest at the Burns Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the YLISSB scholarship fund or the charity of your choice.
Donations for the YLISSB scholarship can be sent to his daughter Francine Ferry at 288, W. Cedar St., Elko, Nev., 89801.