William C. Shure, 73, a retired colonel in the Army Chaplains Corps and a resident of Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring since 1972, died at Montgomery General Hospital Sept. 29 following a heart attack.

At Rossmoor, Col. Shure was president of the Kiwanis Club of Leisure World and a member of the Inter-Faith Council, the community planning committee, the building committee for the Inter-Faith Chapel, the Camera Club and the Lapidary Club. He also was a 32nd-degree Mason and the president of the Masonic Club of Rossmoor.

Col. Shure was born in Sunbury, Pa. He graduated from Bucknell University at Lewisburg, Pa., and the Drew Theological Seminary. He was ordained a minister of the United Methodist Church in 1936. After serving several churches in Pennsylvania, he was commissioned an Army chaplain in 1939.

During World War II, he was a chaplain with the 95th Infantry Division in Europe. Subsequent assignments were with U.S. occupation forces in Japan and with units in Germany and Korea. His posts in the United States included three years at the Pentagon in the early 1950s when he was chief of personnel in the Office of the Chief of Army Chaplains. Col. Shure was stationed at the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., at the time of his retirement in 1967.

For the next five years, he was a teacher and chaplain at the Mooseheart Child Care Center at Mooseheart, Ill. He then moved to Rossmoor.

Col. Shure's survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Wentworth, whom he married 47 years ago, of Rossmoor, and a sister, E. Irene Shure of Sunbury.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Annual Fund, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., 17837.