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3 December 1923 Oklahoma Newspaper
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.
The Herald & News (Klamath Co., Oregon) Monday 25 October 2004; online
Published October 24, 2004
Lois Lea Scronce, 74, died Thursday,
Oct. 21, of natural causes, at Merle West Medical Center in Klamath
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Marion Chronicle, Marion, Indiana, Friday 14 December 1956, pg. 8,
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
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.
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V. DWIGHT "IKE" SHAFER, JR.
Born in Sweetser, IN on Aug. 8, 1935
Died on May 25, 2007 and resided in
V. Dwight "Ike" Shafer Jr., 71, died at 7:40 p.m. Friday in his residence.
born in Sweetser to the late V. Dwight and Zelma (Dooley) Shafer Sr., and
lived in Grant County all his life.
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.
Chronicle Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana), Monday 2 April 1990, pg. A9,
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
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
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.
Chronicle Tribune (Grant Co., Indiana), Saturday 7 June 1997, pg. A9,
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
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
Memorials may be made to Cancer Services of Grant County, 1223
Spencer Ave., Marion, Ind., 46952.
Oct. 8, 1910-----June 4, 1997
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
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
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
The deceased is survived by the widow and three children, W.J.
Shook, Mary Cruea, and Etta Dooley, all of Pleasant township.
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.
The Union (Nevada Co., California); Tuesday 29 September 2009; online
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
He fondly remembered catching huge catfish out of the James
River. His family moved to Marysville when he was 13, and then to
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
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.
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
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
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
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels
Mortuary and Crematory in Grass Valley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marion Daily Chronicle (Grant Co., Indiana); Thursday 23 October 1919; pg.
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.
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
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.