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SHIRK, Isaac 1859-1933

SHIRK, MORSE

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 9/22/2013 at 13:51:33

Death of County Pioneer Occurs Christmas Day

I. N. Shirk Dies Monday after Long Illness; Services Held Wednesday

The death of I. N. Shirk, pioneer resident of western Grundy county and Grundy Center for thirty-four years, occurred at the home of his son-in-law, John S. Price, on Christmas day, December 25, 1933, following a lingering illness of several years. Mr. Shirk's death is the third in his family in the past eight months. His wife preceded him in death in April and a daughter, Mrs. John Price, several weeks ago.

Funeral services were held at the home at one o'clock Wednesday afternoon followed by services at the Alice Church of God. The Rev. J. L. Masemore, The Rev. E. E. Heltibridle and The Rev. A. G. Annette took part.

Pallbearers were E. C. Allen, D. Mast, Al Kline, John Cross, Perry Doak, and Peter Baasch.

Isaac Newton Shirk was born at Mt. Carroll, Illinois, on July 22, 1859 and slumbered away into his final sleep at the home of his son-in-law, J. S. Price, in Grundy Center, Iowa, on December 25, 1933, at the age of 74 years, five months and three days.

He came to Iowa with his parents in 1869 and settled in western Grundy county where he grew to manhood.

On December 21, 1881, he was united in marriage to Viola L. Morse. Mr. and Mrs. Shirk with their family and friends very happily celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on December 21, 1931.

His wife preceded him in death, having departed this life April 3, 1933. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shirk. Two of them, Asa J. Shirk and Mrs. Mabel Price preceded their father into their Heavenly home. The surviving children are Harry M. Shirk of Grundy Center and Mrs. R. C. Johnson of Woodbine, Iowa. One brother, J. M. Shirk of Goldfield and a sister, Mrs. J. W. Sayre of Hartley also survive.

Besides these, Mr. Shirk is survived by fourteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and numerous other friends and relatives.

When still a young man he united with the Church of God at Alice and has been a constant, loyal member ever since.

Mr. Shirk was a devoted husband and father, his greatest interest being his family and their welfare.

--newspaper clipping, source unknown

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I. N. Shirk Dies: Was Resident Of County 64 Yrs.

Was In Failing Health For 5 Years From Dropsy; Wife And Daughter Die This Year

I. N. Shirk died at the home of his son-in-law, J. S. Price, in Grundy Center at 9:45 Christmas Day. Dropsy had kept him in failing health during the past five years. He had a serious heart attack last spring and he was in a critical condition for some time. He rallied and regained some of his former strength. While he was somewhat feeble the past few months, he was able to be up and about the house daily. Early Friday morning he was taken with a chill and was unable to leave his bed after that time.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon and later at Alice church. The services were conducted by Rev. Masemore, pastor of the Alice church. Rev. E. E. Heltibridle and Rev. A. G. Annette assisted at the service. Burial was in the family lot in the Alice church cemetery.

The passing of Mr. Shirk made the third death in his family this year. The wife passed away last April and a daughter, Mrs. J. S. Price, died on the 2nd of this month.

Was a Successful Farmer
Mr. Shirk came to Grundy county with his folks when he was 10 years old. That was 64 years ago. All of his active life was spent on a farm in Grundy county. He understood the farming business and made a success of it. He and Mrs. Shirk left the farm and moved to Grundy Center 17 years ago where they built a fine home and where they were surrounded with comfort and where they could remain in close touch with their children and with their grandchildren and with their many friends. Mr. Shirk during the many years that he resided in Grundy county took an active hand in the county's gradual development and he attained the respect and confidence of those with whom he came in contact.

Obituary
Isaac Newton Shirk was born at Mt. Carroll, Ill., July 22, 1859, and slumbered away into his final sleep at the home of his son-in-law, J. S. Price, in Grundy Center, Iowa, on December 25, 1933, at the age of 74 years, 5 months and 3 days.

He came to Iowa with his parents in 1869 and settled in western Grundy county, where he grew to manhood.

On December 21, 1881, he was united in marriage to Viola L. Morse. Mr. and Mrs. Shirk, with their family and friends, very happily celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 21, 1931.

His wife preceded him in death, having departed this life on April 3, 1933.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shirk. Two of them, Asa J. Shirk and Mrs. Mabel Price, preceded their father into their heavenly Home. The surviving children are Harry M. Shirk of Grundy Center and Mrs. R. C. Johnson of Woodbine, Iowa.

One brother, J. M. Shirk of Goldfield, Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. J. W. Sayre, of Hartley, Iowa, also survive.

Besides these, Mr. Shirk is survived by 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, and numerous other friends and relatives.

When still a young man he united with the Church of God at Alice and has been a constant loyal member ever since.

Mr. Shirk was a devoted husband and father, his greatest interest being his family and their welfare.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 December 1933, pg 1


 

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