Alva Glen Shehorn
The following is the handwritten obituary read at the funeral of my grandfather Alva Glen Shehorn.
The spelling and puncuation is left as it appears on the paper. I have the original copy.
A very dear possesion from my family treasures.
Submitted By: Margaret "Shehorn" Marasco
Thu. Aug 1, 1940
Alva Shehorn was borned July 3, 1880 in Elk Prairie Ill. son of Mr and Mrs marion Shehorn. His
mother died and left alva when a small boy. He was taken into the home of his Aunt Jane Kirk and
raised. She being a good woman taught him the tings that has always helped him to be a good boy.
As he grew to manhood he was a honest hard working man, I have known Alva since he was 10
He work many summers for Clark and I. not one smuty or cuss word did I hear him say all during
his stay at my home. he was far above the avrage man in this line.
He was married to Miss gertie Roberson Oct 21 1906.
To this union was borned five children. One died in infancy. A true husband a good father in every
respect. Never heard him utter a cross word to his family. he gave his heart to God and accepted
Jesus as his Lord and Master some 38 years ago. United with the Christian Church in Elk Prairie Ill.
He lived the life here in our midst has written his own obituary, as he spen the entire life of 60 years
and 28 days among us all.
His children can rise up and call him blessed. Alva has been a great suffer, but his good wife a real
jewel was always ready to do all she could to releave and comfort him. Always at his side when he
kneeded her. rite at home not days or weeks but months. never grumbling. his children has been
wonderful to stand by mother in doing all they could to make him comfortable.
Melvin the old standby, words cannot tell half his value. half his goodness to his family. shurly God
will have him a mansion made out of the good deed sent up by his faithfullness to his parents home
siter and brothers. also to his church. most men his age seeke the pleasures of the Tavern life, while
Melvin is a deacon of his church. couldn't be a bad boy and be the son of Alva and Gertie. Alva was
a big hearted fellow. Both his wife's parents died in his home. July 10, 1940, my last visit to see him,
He ask me to write his obituary when he was gone. i said, Alva how do you feel about the long journey
just ahead of you. He said, Viola, It's alrite. i fixed it years ago. No dread at all. August 1, 1940 6:15 a.m.
God called he left without a strugle. This closes the life book of Alva Shehorn. He has gon to rec'd the
reward God had promised to all who love and serve Him. As he said good nite here It's good morning
up there. He leaves a broken hearted wife, three sons, Melvin, arvol, Edward and one daughter Lula.
One grandchild one sister Maud Shehorn Butler of Lincoln Ill and a host of friends.
Dady what a lonley place
we'll find when we get home;
We'll always be looking for you
Yet we know you will not come.
how oft we'll think of you
when nites are long and lone
and wonder when our time will come
to join you in your home
There to dwell for evermore
with God preat angel band,
and see our Savior face to face
and see his nail pierced hands.
It's hard to lay you in your grave
and leave this lonly place;
we hope to meet you some sweet day
by God's great help and grace.
from now until then
Viola Shaw, Ina, Ill.
Date: Thu. Aug 1, 1940
Submitted by: Margaret "Shehorn" Marasco