Paul L. Shikles, 82, of Eldon, formerly of Enon, died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at St. Marys Health Center in Jefferson City. He was born Oct. 19, 1918, in St. Louis to Linley and Anna Hicks Shikles. On Dec. 27, 1941, he was married in Eldon by the Rev. N.E. Williams to Ruby Amos, who survives at the home.
Mr. Shikles was an Army veteran, serving in the South Pacific during World War II. He farmed for 42 years in the Enon community, south of Russellville, before moving to Eldon in 1989. As a young man, he opened a blacksmith shop and also drove a school bus for the Russellville School District for several years. Mr. Shikles later worked as a supervisor in the Motor Vehicle Department of the Missouri Department of Revenue, retiring after 17 years.
At age 4, he began playing the fiddle. Well known in the area as a fiddle player, he won numerous contests across the state and competed at the Missouri State Fair. He was a member of the Enon Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dale Shikles of Jefferson City; a daughter, Dee Ellen Maher of Eldon; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis James Shikles.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Enon Bapist Church with the Rev. Randy Trumbo and the Rev. Keith Jones officiating. Burial was in Enloe Cemetery near Russellville, with military graveside rites. Arrangements were under the direction of Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home of Russellville. Memorials may be made to the Enon Baptist Church.
Paul was an active member of the Missouri State Old Time Fiddlers Association and was a regular on the contest circuit each summer. He was often accompanied by Clifford Hill of Eldon. As a contemporary and close friend of the late Lyman Enloe, Paul played many of the same great Ozark tunes that Lyman played.