Paul G. “Shifter” Hirst, 67, died Friday, August 18, 2023, due to a motorcycle accident. He was born June 10, 1956, in Green Bay to Roger and Kathleen (Goforth) Hirst.
Shifter was a graduate of Kewaunee High School, Class of 1974. Following high school, he joined the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 400 Union and worked as a journeyman welder until his retirement. He was a member of HOG (Harley-Davidson Owner Group) and a retired member of the Road Rebels Motorcycle Club. In addition to his jobs giving him the opportunity to work in various countries, he also traveled the world on his own, which he saw from the view of his motorcycle. Shifter was a devoted Packers fan and a season ticket holder and had attended exhibition games in Japan, Canada, and Super Bowls XXI in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, Texas. He will be remembered as a knowledgeable man who had an affinity for learning. Shifter loved to spend his time reading, going to museums, military exhibitions and reenactments, and festivals of all kinds. Known to have a knack for connecting with people, he made many friends once he found something in common with them. Shifter spent his winters in Homosassa, Florida, camping on his property in Tomahawk during summer, and had owned and operated Shifters Saloon & Grill in Norman, WI. Of all his life’s passions, physical fitness was very important to Shifter and was committed to it every day.
Shifter is survived by his sister, Jan Hirst; his brother, Alan (Brenda) Hirst; and many good friends that could be found anywhere.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Thomas and Mark.
Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason Street on Saturday, August 26th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., with a time for Sharing of Memories beginning at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. On-line condolences may be given at www.prokowall.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to benefit the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer.
Shifter’s family extends a sincere word of thanks to the Kewaunee Police Department, Fire and Rescue Department, the ICU Team at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, and to UW Organ and Tissue Donations to allow Shifter to give life to others.
Carl Pauc is serving the family.