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SCHAEFER, Christian C.
3 December 1923 Oklahoma Newspaper

OCTOGENARIAN DEAD

            Christian C. Schaefer, 81 years old, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Trentham, December 3rd, at 11 a.m.  He was born in Hanover, Germany, January 17, 1841 and emmigrated to the United states in 1865.
            Funeral arrangements have not been completed, pending word from relatives at a distance.

SCRONCE, Lois Lea (Kandra)
The Herald & News (Klamath Co., Oregon) Monday 25 October 2004; online article

Published October 24, 2004

            Lois Lea Scronce, 74, died Thursday, Oct. 21, of natural causes, at Merle West Medical Center in Klamath Falls.
            Services will be at 2 p.m. today at O'Hair & Riggs Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Joyce Fogle of Malin Community Presbyterian Church officiating.  Mrs. Scronce will be buried in a private ceremony at the Merrill I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
            Mrs. Scronce was born May 20, 1930, on her family farm in Merrill to Lewis and Edith (Clayton) Kandra, one of the Klamath Basin's original farm families.  She was the youngest of nine children.  Mrs. Scronce graduated valedictorian of Merrill High School in the class of 1948.  She was active in 4-H and many of her beef cattle were prize winners.  She enjoyed riding horses with her sister JoAnne and her high school friends.
            She attended the University of Oregon and graduated with a degree in art education.  Following graduation she returned to the Klamath Basin, where she taught at Fairhaven Elementary.  She met Forney W. Scronce in the Griggs Grocery Store in Merrill and they were married in the Merrill Presbyterian Church on Dec. 27, 1953.  A year after being married, Mrs. Scronce quit teaching to become a full-time homemaker and active farm wife.
            Mrs. Scronce worked alongside her husband raising cattle, grain, hay, potatoes and sheep.  She had a nurturing personality and cared for orphaned lambs and fed the farm workers.
            Her children were her pride and joy and she was active on the farm, in her church and in school activities.
            Mrs. Scronce and her husband divorced in the 1970s, but she remained on the family farm, where her son, Karl, works and her former husband worked until his death in 1993.  She had a life-long love of art, and her hobbies included painting, sculpting, making jewelry, crocheting and knitting. She was also the choir director at her church.
            Mrs. Scronce was preceeded [sic] in death by former husband Forney; sisters Bernice Cater, Dorris Smith, Wanda Boero, Ida Mae Fleck and brothers Lawson, Ivan and Carroll Kandra.
            Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Karl and Brenda Scronce of Klamath Falls; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Scronce-Johnson and Steve Johnson of Lake Oswego; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnne Kandra Snapp and Ursal Snapp of Grass Valley, Ore.; grandchildren Christopher and Kevin Pearson, and Jamie and Jenny Prince, and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family.
            Contributions in her memory may be made to Basin Ambulance, P.O. Box 284, Malin, OR 97632.

SHAFER, Charles
Leader Tribune, Marion, Indiana, Friday 3 July 1925, pg. 3, col. 3

FORMER RESIDENT TO BE BURIED IN COUNTY

            Charles Shaffer, formerly of Grant county, near Sweetser, who has since resided near Larwill in Whitley county, died at an early hour Thursday morning.  A wife, two sons, a sister, Mrs. Leslie Ward, near Sweetser, and a brother, Otto Shaffer of Sweetser, survive.  The body will be brought to the home of Leslie Ward, west of Sweetser, Saturday evening.  Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 10:30 at the Lutheran church at Sweetser.  Burial will be at Maple Grove cemetery, north of Sweetser.  This is the second death in the family recently, the father, Christian Shaffer, well known Grant county farmer, having died a few weeks ago.

SHAFER, Christopher (aka F.C.C. Schaper)
Marion Leader-Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana); 19 March 1925

SHAFER FUNERAL—Funeral services for Christopher Shafer, who died at his home west of Sweetser at 12:30 Wednesday morning, will be held from the Sweetser Lutheran Church at 10:30 Friday morning with Rev. George Sixt, of Marion, pastor of the Lutheran church of this city, in charge.

SHAFER, Grace E. (Renbarger)
Marion Chronicle, Marion, Indiana, Monday 6 April 1964, pg. 2, col. 1

GRACE E. SHAFER

            AMBOY--Mrs. Grace Ellen Shafer, 81, Rt. 1, Amboy, died at her home at 8 a.m. Sunday following an illness of two year.
            A native of Grant County, she had resided in the county all her life until 1949 when she moved to Miami County.
            Survivors include her husband, Otto; two daughters, Mrs. Henry Murphy, Rt. 1 Swayzee, and Mrs. Earl Koon, Rt. 1, Warren; five sons, Verlin, Rt. 1, Sweetser, Virgil and Ira, Rt. 4, Marion, Warren, Sweetser, and William, Brownsburg; 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Parks, and Mrs. Etleh Capps, Spokane, Wash., and two brothers, James and Guy Renbarger, Watford City, N.D.
            Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Laird Funeral Home here and burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

SHAFER, Mary Louisa (Herbst)
Marion Weekly Chronicle, Friday 24, March 1893, pg. 5, col. 6

            Mrs. Christoph Shafer, living between Sweetser and Mier, on the Delphi pike, died yesterday morning of consumption.  The funeral took place this afternoon, the remains being buried at the Raypholtz graveyard.

SHAFER, Ruth E. (Marshall)
Marion Chronicle, Marion, Indiana, Friday 14 December 1956, pg. 8, col. 4

MRS. RUTH SHAFER

            Mrs. Ruth E. Shafer, 75, widow of Charles Shafer, died at 1:15 a.m. today at a Marion nursing home following an illness of two months.
            A life resident of Grant County, Mrs. Shafer had been an employee of the Marion Malleable Iron Works for 20 years.  Her husband died in 1925.
            Mrs. Shafer attended the Eight Street Wesleyan Methodist Church.
            Surviving are tow sons, Charles, Fort Wayne, and Albert, Marion; two brothers, Aaron Marshall, Michigan, and Charles Marshall, Marion, and six grandchildren.
            The body was taken to 504 W. Third St.

SHAFER, Verlin Dwight "Ike", Jr.
From <obit.nswcares.com/> Submitted by Celinda Lowe Shafer

V. DWIGHT "IKE" SHAFER, JR.
Born in Sweetser, IN on Aug. 8, 1935
Died on May 25, 2007 and resided in
Marion, IN.

            V. Dwight "Ike" Shafer Jr., 71, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday in his residence.
            He was born in Sweetser to the late V. Dwight and Zelma (Dooley) Shafer Sr., and lived in Grant County all his life.
            Dwight graduated from Sweetser High School in 1953, where he played basketball, baseball and track.  He was a United States Navy veteran, who participated in "Operation Deep Freeze" in Antarctica.  On July 2, 1959, he married Kay Apple, and she survives.  He retired in 1996 from Thompson Consumer Electronics after 42 years.  Family was the most important thing to Dwight, and he enjoyed attending his grandchildren's events and riding his Harley Davidson.
            Survivors include his wife, Kay Shafer, Marion; sons, Brad (Paulette) Howard, Bloomington, Steve (Melinda) Shafer, Logansport, Mike (Celinda) Shafer, Elkhart, daughter Lisa (fiancé Steve Dooley) Shafer, Port Charlotte, Fla.; sisters, Harriett (Tom) Brown, Peru, Mary Ellen Hedrick, Jacksonville, Fla.; mother-in-law Bernice Holloway, Marion; eight grandchildren; 2 great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
            Services are at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Chapel Pike at 300 W. Marion, with Rev. Doug Barton officiating.  Burial is in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Huntington County.
            Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday in the church.
            Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, where Dwight attended.
            Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Services, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, handled arrangements.

SHAFER, Verlin Dwight, Sr.
Chronicle Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana), Monday 2 April 1990, pg. A9, col. 2

VERLIN SHAFER, SR.

            SWEETSER--Verlin D. Shafer Sr., 80, 509 N. Broadway, died at 3:18 a.m. Sunday in Marion General Hospital.
            Mr. Shafer was born in McKenzie, N.D., and lived most of his life in the Sweetser area.  He retired in 1972 from Hi-Way Dispatch, where he had been a mechanic and a member of the Teamsters Union.
            He is survived by his wife, Zelma; two daughters, Mrs. Herman (Harriet) Brown and Mrs. Paul (Mary Ellen) Hedrick, both of Brunswick, Ga.; a son, Dwight Shafer, Marion; two brothers, Virgil Shafer, Marion and Bill Shafer, Indianapolis; two sisters, Margarite Murphy, Swayzee and Halcie Koon, Summitville, 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
            Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Raven's Kem Road Chapel, 1202 Kem Road, Marion with Rick Jett officiating.  Burial will be in Gardens of Memory cemetery, Huntington County.
            Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel.
            Memorials may be made to Marion Church of Christ or the oncology department at Marion General Hosptial.

Dec. 24, 1909-----April 1, 1990

SHAFFER, William Otto
Marion Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana), Monday 29 August 1966, pg. 2, col. 1

W. OTTO SHAFER

            AMBOY--W. Otto Shafer, 83, Rt. 1, Amboy was found dead at his home at noon Sunday.
            Mr. Shafer was born in Richland and had lived in the Amboy community for the past 16 years.  He was a farmer.
            Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Margurite Murphy, Rt. 1, Swayzee, and Mrs. Halcie Koon, LaFontaine; five sons, Verlin and Warren, both of Sweetser; Virgil and Ira, both of Rt. 4, Marion, and William, Brownsburg; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Ward, Sweetser, 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
            The Rev. Gale Davis will officiate at funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Laird and Son Funeral Home, Amboy.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
            Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Tuesday.

SHAFER, Zelma R. (Dooley)
Chronicle Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana), Saturday 7 June 1997, pg. A9, col. 2

ZELMA R. SHAFER

            Zelma R. Shafer, 86, 509 N. Broadway, died at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Marion General Hospital.
            Mrs. Shafer was a life resident of Grant County.  She was a homemaker, and avid reader and loved crossword puzzles.  She was a member of Marion Church of Christ.
            Survivors include a son, Dwight, Marion; two daughters, Harriet (Mrs. Herman Brown), Thonotosassa, Fla., and Mary Ellen (Mrs. Paul) Hedrick, Brunswick, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
            Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Raven Funeral Home, 1202 Kem Road, with Rick Jett officiating.  Burial will be in Gardens of Memory cemetery, Huntington County.
            Friends may call fro 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral home.
            Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of Grant County, 1223 Spencer Ave., Marion, Ind., 46952.

Oct. 8, 1910-----June 4, 1997

SHOOK, Rosetta (Stevens)
Marion Chronicle (Grant co., Indiana; Sunday 6 January 1935; pg. 16 col. 3

RITES PLANNED FOR MRS. SHOOK

            Funeral services for Mrs. Rosetta Shook, 80, widow of Samuel Shook, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the home of a son, William Shook, north of Marion on the Chapel pike.  Burial will be in Maple Grove cemetery.
            Mrs. Shook died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Dooley three miles northwest of Lafontaine in Wabash county, where she had been living for the last two years.  She had spent nearly her whole life in Grant county.  She was a member of the Mt. Olive Methodist Protestant church.
            She is survived by a son, William Shook, Grant county; a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Dooley, Wabash county; a sister, Mrs. John Weaver, Pleasant township; a brother, D.M. Stephens, Marion, and 17 grandchildren.
            The body this afternoon will be taken to the son’s home, where it will lie in state until time for the funeral.

Marion Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Monday 7 January 1935; pg. 8 col. 3

PLAN RITES FOR ROSETTA SHOOK

            Funeral services for Mrs. Rosetta Shook, 80, will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the home of a son, William Shook, north of Marion on the Chapel pike.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove cemetery.  Mrs. Shook, widow of Samuel Shook, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Pearl Dooley, three miles northwest of Lafontaine.
            The body was taken to the son’s home this afternoon, where it will lie in state until time for the services.  Mrs. Shook was a member of the Mt. Olive Methodist Protestant church.

SHOOK, Samuel R.
The Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Saturday 17 November 1917; pg. 6

SAMUEL SHOOK DEAD

            Samuel Shook, age 78 years, well known farmer of Pleasant township, died yesterday morning at his rural home with a complication of diseases.  He is survived by his wife, Rosetta Shook.  No funeral arrangements have been made.

Marion Leader-Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana); Saturday 17 November 1917; pg. 10

AGED MAN DIES—Samuel Shook, aged 78 years, well known farmer of Pleasant township, died yesterday morning at his rural residence with a complication of diseases.  He is survived by his wife, Rosetta Shook.  No funeral arrangements have been made.

Marion Leader-Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana); Sunday 18 November 1917; pg. 12

FUNERAL MONDAY

            The funeral of Samuel Shook, aged 78 years, well known farmer of Pleasant township, will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock from the residence.  Interment will be made in the Maple Grove cemetery.
            The deceased is survived by the widow and three children, W.J. Shook, Mary Cruea, and Etta Dooley, all of Pleasant township.

SMITH, Mariah Catherine (Stevens)
The Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Thursday 21 March 1889; pg. 3

            Mrs. Oliver Smith of Pleasant township, daughter of Isaac Stephens, died this morning, aged about twenty-one years.  The funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 to-morrow at Mt. Olive.  Burial at the Odd Fellows cemetery.

SNAPP, Ursal Grant
The Union (Nevada Co., California); Tuesday 29 September 2009; online article

            Ursal “Coach” Snapp died Thursday, Sept. 24, following a long illness. He was 86.
            A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Abundant Life Community Church on Alta Street in Grass Valley.
            He was born in 1923 in South Dakota and spent his early childhood in Yankton, S.D.  He was the second-youngest among six brothers.
            He fondly remembered catching huge catfish out of the James River.  His family moved to Marysville when he was 13, and then to Merrill, Ore.
            He attended Idaho State University, where he was later inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for boxing and football.
            Mr. Snapp served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 until 1947.
            He competed in amateur and Golden Glove boxing events and began his professional boxing career in 1948.  He became the Pacific Northwest Champion and a world contender.
            He married JoAnne, his beloved wife of 60 years, in 1949.
            He obtained a master's degree in physical education from USC and moved to Nevada County.  He was a physical education teacher and coach at Nevada Union High School for 35 years, retiring in 1987.  Many students remember putting on the “gloves” to settle disputes in his P.E. class.
            He was active in the American Legion for 42 years and was a past commander.  He was a founding member of the Nevada County Sportsman's Club who enjoyed all sports and many outdoor activities, including landscaping and tending his vineyard.
            He would sometimes relax in the evening reading about Bible prophecy.
            He is survived by his wife, JoAnne of Grass Valley; daughters Sandy Forrest and Sara Nadeau of Grass Valley and Carolyn Lewis of Meadow Vista; son, Jerel Snapp of Grass Valley; grandchildren Michael Forrest, Jodi Pierce, Matt Nadeau, Jessica Mayfield, William Snapp and Spencer and Audrey Lewis; and great- grandchildren Madison and Peyton Pierce.
            He was preceded in death by his parents, Irvin and Mae Snapp; brothers Charles, Lowell, Wilbur, Harold and Chester Snapp; and an infant sister.
            In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Abundant Life Community Church, the American Legion Honor Guard or Hospice of the Foothills.
            Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory in Grass Valley.

STEVENS, Isaac
Marion Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Friday 31 October 1902; pg. 2

TWO DEATHS ARE REPORTED—Isaac Stephens, seventy-four years of age, died at his home in Pleasant township Saturday night.  He had been suffering with chronic diseases for two years and his death was not unexpected.  He leaves a widow and eight children.  The funeral will be held at the residence Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock; burial at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery in this city.
            Altie Small, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Small, died this morning.  The funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o’clock.

STEVENS, Lucinda (Cain)
Marion Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Thursday 20 February 1919

MRS. STEVENS DIES; WAS AT GRINDLE HOME—Well-Known Pleasant Township Woman Dead After Long Illness.

            Mrs. Lucinda Stevens, wife of Monroe Stevens of Pleasant township, near Mt. Olive church, passed away this morning at 4 o’clock, after a lingering illness, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Burr Grindle, 1437 West First street, at whose home Mr. and Mrs. Stevens have been visiting for the past two months.
            Mrs. Stevens was one of the older residents of this county, and was born in Pleasant township October 12, 1842.  She was the daughter of John and Catherine Cain.  She had been a resident of this township all her life, and was well known and highly respected both in the county and in this city.  She is survived by her husband, one son, Elva Stevens of Pleasant township, and one granddaughter, Miss Almira Stevens of Sweetser, also four brothers and two sisters, William Cain of Huntington county, Abraham, David and Jacob of Pleasant township, and Mrs. Nancy Stevens and Mrs. Mary Stevens of Pleasant township.
            Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the First U.B. church, conducted by the Revs. Hetrick and Waldo.  Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery.

STEVENS, Mary Jane (Cain)
Marion Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Monday 18 July 1927; pg. 3

PIONEER WOMAN DIES AT AGE OF 92 YEARS

            Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Stevens, 92, pioneer resident of this city, who died at the home of her son, D.M. Stevens, 718 South Nebraska street, Saturday morning at 8 o’clock following an illness of several weeks, will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Mount Olive church.  The rites will be in charge of Rev. Hedricks.  Burial is to be made at the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
            Surviving are one son and two daughters, Mrs. Rosetta Shook of this city, and Mrs. Belle Weaver of Pleasant township.

STEVENS, Monroe
Marion Leader-Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana); Friday 1 December 1922

MONROE STEVENS, 81 YEARS OLD, DIED YESTERDAY

            Monroe Stevens, 81 years old, a life-long resident of Pleasant township, died last evening about 6:30 at his home, four and a half miles northwest of the city, after a three days’ illness of paralysis.  He was stricken at his home last Tuesday noon, and remained in critical condition until his death.  He is survived by one son, Alva, who lives on the home place.  He was born on the farm where he lived his lifetime, and was widely known throughout Pleasant and adjoining townships.  Arrangements for the funeral will be announced later.

STEVENS, Nancy (Cain)
Marion Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Thursday 23 October 1919; pg. 7

PIONEER OF COUNTY DIES

            Nancy C. Stevens, 88, widow of the late Isaac Stevens, and one of the county’s oldest residents, died at 6 o’clock this morning at her home in Pleasant township, three miles north-east of Marion.  She was born in Virginia and came to Grant county with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cain, at the age of six years.  Her father was one of the pioneer settlers in the county and Mrs. Stevens died on a farm adjoining land which was entered by him.  She lived in Pleasant township, and has been outside the state only once during the past eighty-two years.
            Mrs. Stevens is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Enos Carey, of Pleasant township; eight sons, Andrew and Harrison, of Marion; Wilkinson, of Pleasant township; George, Irvin and Albert, of Sweetser, and Lewis and Ezra of Franklin township; four brothers, David, Abraham and Jacob Cain, of Pleasant township, and William Cain, of Huntington county, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Stevens, of Grant county.  In addition she leaves 46 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
            She was a charter member of the Mt. Olive church, and the funeral services will be held there at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. David Hetrick in charge.  Interment will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery here.

STEVENS, William Jackson
Marion Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Friday 21 March 1919; pg. 10

WILLIAM STEVENS TAKEN BY DEATH LATE TODAY

            William Stevens, one of the oldest residents of the county, living near Mt. Olive church in Pleasant township, died late this afternoon at his home, after being ill with complications of diseases.
            The death was reported just before going to press, and full particulars could not be obtained.  The deceased is survived by a wife and several children.

SYMONS, Etta Pearl (Shook) Dooley
The Swayzee Press (Grant Co., Indiana); Thursday 20 December 1962; pg. 1, col. 7

            Mrs. Pearl Symons, 78, died at 10 p.m. Monday in a Marion nursing home.  She had been seriously ill for the past six weeks.
            A life resident of Grant County she had lived in Swayzee for the past 20 years.  She was a member of the Mount Olive Methodist Church.
            Survivors include her husband, Emory; one daughter, Mrs. Verlin Shafer, Sweetser; three sons, Robert, Swayzee, Earl, R.R. 1, Swayzee and Verlin, Grover City, Calif.; eight stepchildren, Mrs. Myrl Barns, Duarte, Calif., Mrs. June Revere, Carson City, Mich., Mrs. Alberta Roberts, Largo, Fla., Mrs. Jessie McClellon, Clearwater, Fla., Mrs. Leona Hasty, Indianapolis, Mrs. Ruth Lee, Fenton, Mich., and Mrs. Don Armstrong, Kokomo; one stepson, Dee Symons, Greentown; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren, and 20 step great grandchildren.
            Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at Rybolt Funeral Home, Swayzee, with the Rev. Melvin Groves officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.
            Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.

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