Monday, April 18, 2011

William Harrison Shaver

The following obituary is not identified as to newspaper or date:
William Harrison Shaver, oldest son of Eli and Diantha Shaver was born November 8, 1856, at Gallipolis, O., and departed this life March 21, 1938, at the age of 81 years, 4 months, and 13 days.

When a small boy, he moved with his parents to Maysville, Mo., where he grew to young manhood.  He served as deputy sheriff of the DeKalb county for several years and also played baseball with the St. Joseph team of the Western League.  Later, he moved with his parents to a farm west of Kackley where his brother, John now lives.

On April 28, 1889, he was united in marriage to Margaret Elizabeth Burandt.  To this union were born ten children, all of whom are living.  They are Mrs. Edna Bagwell of Lone Pine, Cal., Earl C. of Lincoln, Neb., Ernest E. of Morenci, Ariz., Mrs. Elda Rhoades of Boulder City, Nev., Mrs. Ethel Hill of Dallas, Tex., Mrs, Helen Sweet of Detroit, Mich., William E. of Beatrice, Neb., Miss Della of the home, Mrs Lillian McFarland of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Elizabeth Raxhleigh of Garden Plain.

Mr. and Mrs. Shaver lived in Belleville most of their married life, where Mr. Shaver was in the barber business.  He was a barber for over 50 years and liked to recall the many personalities he had "shaved."  He retired about ten years ago because of failing health.

When Mr. Shaver was a young man, he united with the Christian church of Maysville, Mo.  He has been a devoted husband and loving father.  In his long illness, he was patient and trusting, always looking forward and welcoming the daily visits of his kind friends and neighbors.  He possessed a rare sense of humor and to the last was mentally alert.

Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his departure, one brother, John, of Kackley, three sisters, Mrs. Mary Harmon of Denver, Colo., Mrs. Della Erickson of Jamestown, and Mrs. Hattie Hedges of Toledo, Wash., also 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, besides many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning from the Methodist church in Belleville in charge of the Rev. P. O. Davis with the Rev. Ca. A. Fisher assisting.  Interment was made in the Belleville cemetery.

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