William Isaly was the youngest child
and Walter Isaly.
Earl was born in Columbus, Ohio on January
25, 1924. Shirley recalls stories told by
Gramma Isaly about Earl, he was a good boy
who as child did not cause them too many
problems. She does, however, recall the
story of Bud taking Earl to the second story
window in an effort to get him to jump out
and see if he could fly. Blessedly Gramma
Isaly stumbled across this effort and rescued
the 6 year old Earl from what was certain
to be his first and final jump!
started working at 15 years old for The
Isaly's Ice Cream store in Grandview, Ohio.
He met Shirley
when he was a senior in High School in English
class, she claims it was love at first sight!
Earl and Shirley eloped and were married
in 1945 shortly before he was shipped off
served his country with The Army Corp of
Engineers, and he was seriously injured
when a "dud" mortar shell landed
in their camp. He was subsequently sent
home with a purple heart and an honorable
1948 Earl and Shirley had three adorable
children, Tom, Chuck
and Patty. He started
his civilian life as an insurance salesman
with Metropolitan Life, in Columbus, Ohio.
His business read "Insure Wisely with
Earl Isaly", and his sales pitches
included coverage for obscure diseases such
as Malaria and Tularemia(????) Met Life
took the Isaly family to Houston, Texas
where they resided for several years. In
the early 50's Earl and Shirley and the
children moved back to Columbus where he
took a job with Blue Cross.
later worked for Lennox Industries, and
later was co- owner of Metal Flo Industries.
He sold Metal Flo and retired in the 1970's.
Earl and Shirley moved to Houston where
they spent many years enjoying the company
of Gramma George, Tom, Jean and Matthew.
Before moving to Sarasota they tried the
desert (Phoenix) for 2 years, and then made
their final move to Sarastoa, Florida in
1992. Earl passed away in their home with
his dearly beloved Shirley by his side on
July 9, 2004. He was 80 years old.
dictated by Shirley
Isaly, April 10, 2008.