Tuesday, January 1, 2008

John William Ross Shafer

borrowed the original obits from freeda axsom haggard. (typed exactly as written)i posted this on iadecatu jan 14 2006


"In my Father's house there are many mansions, if it were not so I would have told you.

John William Ross, third son of George and Rosa Shafer was born June 9 1892 near Cainsville Mo and departed this life at the Veteran's Hospital in Des Moines, Ia. June 9 1938. On his 46th birthday.

May 24 1918 Ross was called to Camp Dodge at Fort Des Moines Iowa to serve his country in the World War. He was in Company H. 88th division, 351st infantry. He served until June 9 1919 making a service of 9 months in France.

For several years Ross has been in failing health. He spent three months in the Veteran's Hospital in Des Moines for the treatment of Diabetes in 1938.

He never complained and much of his suffering he bore in silence. His last illness was of short duration being ill only a week.

October 10 1919 he was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Craig. To this union five children were born.

He has been preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, and tow brothers.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, two daughters, Pauline and Betty Jean, Three sons, Ralph, Junior and Dean, all of the home. Also three sisters, Alpha Van Zuyen of New Plymouth, Idaho; Inez Cantrell of Ann Arbour, Michigan; and Pearl Cochran of Cainsville, one brother, Oscar Shafer of Saline,Mo.

To know Ross was to love him and he leaves a host of friends and loving relatives.

He is not dead,

He is just away.

We'll meet him over yonder

Some swet day.

Funeral services were held at the Fairview Church Sunday afternoon June 12 1939. Rev. George Austin officiating, assisted by Roy Donaldson of Lineville, Ia.

Mrs. Velda Booth, Mrs. Ruth McClain, Cal Cain, Frank Harrold sang: "The Old Rugged Cross", "We'll Never Say Good Bye", "Some Time We'll Understand" and "It Is Well With My Soul."

Mrs. Alice Austin sang "The Golden Gates" with (can't read) Ali Lawhead presiding at the organ.

The honorary pallbearers were all World War Veterans present.

The active pallbearers were World War Veterans: W.L. Epperly, G.W. Hamilton, Charles Jones, W.W. Noah,Jessie Whittington, and Lee Wishon.

The relief pallbearers were Carl Gillispie, James Doyle, Earl Hart, Ford Wilson, Alva Zimmerman, and Harvey Zimmerman.

Leo Ellis Post N. 22, The American Legion of Princeton, Missouri, conducted the military service assisted by Earl Baker and J. Glaze Blaer as Buglers.

Interment was made in the family lot in the Fairview Cemetery. Ed. J. Stoklasa, Funeral Director in charge.


Words cannot express our sincere appreciation to the many friends who aided in every way during the illness and death of our husband and father, for the kind words of sympathy and the beautiful floral tributes, also the World War Veterans and the American Legion for the service they rendered.

Mrs. Amanda Shafer and Children

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