LOST NATION – Services have been set for the family of six who perished in a house fire a week ago in this rural Ogle County community just outside Dixon.
Timothy A. Shaw, 39, Melissa (Duncan) Shaw, 37, and Tim’s children, Ethen, 17, LeAnne, 15, Hailey, 12, and Dylan, 11, all died of smoke inhalation in the fire that destroyed their two-story home at 204 N. Miami Drive around midnight Nov. 21.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
“We have peace knowing that no one can do anything to hurt them anymore. We are at peace,” Tim’s sister, Rebecca O’Brien, said this morning.
Her brother was devoted to his family, O’Brien said. The six of them went fishing and camping, took family trips ... He made the last 2 years of their lives with him so rich. He was a wonderful dad,” she said.
“I’m happy that they’re all together. I’m happy that they’re all together in heaven.”
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Elks Lodge, 1279 Franklin Grove Road, with the funeral at 11 a.m. the next day at the lodge, O’Brien said.
Burial, with military honors for Tim, will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon, she said.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established through Preston-Schilling Funeral Home to help defray expenses.
Their complete obituaries will be available at prestonschilling.com closer to the services.
Tim was a maintenance work planner at Exelon’s LaSalle County Generating Station in Marseilles, where he had worked for 2 years, and he also was a Navy veteran, like his father. His parents are Rosslyn and David Shaw, a retired Exelon worker, who lived around the corner from their son.
Melissa, a 1998 Rock Falls High graduate, was the only child of Robert M. and Linda Duncan of Rock Falls. She also is survived by her children from her first marriage: Makenzie and Alex Irwin, 16 and 13, who live with their father, Jonathan, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. She was an assistant manager at Maurice’s in Dixon.
She and Tim married on July 19, 2014, in Sterling.
Ethen was a senior and LeAnne a freshman at Dixon High School, while Hailey was a Reagan Middle School student and Dylan attended Madison Elementary School.
The children also are survived by their mother, Veronica Masterson, stepfather Corey Masterson, and half-siblings, sisters Riley and Addison and brother Michael, all of Maricopa, Arizona.
It could take a month or two before the cause the fire can be determined, if ever, the state fire marshal’s office has said.
Melissa had said several times that the gas furnace in the rented home was not working properly, her dad said, and Ron Hinterlong, who lives two blocks away, said he heard what sounded like an explosion when the fire broke out.
The Ogle County Sheriff’s Department, state fire marshal and the State Police crime scene unit are investigating the fire, which does not appear to be suspicious, Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle has said.
Lost Nation straddles the Lee/Ogle County