SHELLER, Henry S. 1850-1930
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 5/10/2015 at 07:26:43
Large Attendance At H. S. Sheller Funeral
Remains of Grundy Pioneer Reach Here From California Saturday
The remains of Henry S. Sheller, who died at Long Beach on Dec. 8th, arrived here Saturday and were taken to the deceased's former home. Funeral services were held at the Ivester Church of the Brethren at two o'clock Sunday. Rev. I. W. Brubaker from Des Moines, a former pastor at Ivester, officiated at the service. He was assisted by the local pastor, Rev. D. C. Gnagy. During the service the quartet, Mrs. Frank Lamb, Mrs. D. C. Gnagy, Cecil Messer and Galen Albright, sang "My Lord Abides," "God's Tomorrow" and "Sometime We Will Surely Know."
The pallbearers were D. I. Meyers, E. J. Gohner, Frank Gohner, Adam Messer, Elmer Wolf and Elias Moats.
(By Rev. D. C. Gnagy)
Henry S. Sheller was born in Carroll county, Illinois, March 23, 1850, and died December 8, 1930, aged 80 years, 8 months and 15 days. On July 5th of this year he entered the hospital, but medical science and loving care could not relieve him of his dreaded disease. He suffered patiently and endeared himself to those who cared for him.
In 1866 he with his parents, pioneered to Grundy county, Iowa, and settled on the prairies and developed the farm which is known as the Sheller homestead, and which he still owned at the time of his death.
On December 25th, 1876, he was married to Emma Gallagher. To this union were born ten children, seven sons and three daughters: Reymond G., of Haynes, Cal.; Daniel D., Ernest M., LeRoy E., of Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. Price Heckman, Polo, Ill.; Glen L. and John I. of Eldora, Iowa; Mrs. Harlan Smith, now on the mission field of the Church of the Brethren at Shou Yang, Shanai, Henry M. Jr. of Compton, Cal. and Mrs. Frank Hughes of Santa Rosa, California.
In this busy home on the farm hundreds of people found a welcome. The stranger was never turned away. The --unreadable-- left a heritage much richer than any earthly possession.
On January 30th, 1917, the wife and mother passed away very suddenly. Soon after her death Mr. Sheller with and three daughters; Raymond C., of Cal., and in October, 1922, went to Long Beach, where he resided until the time of his death. Beside the children, all of whom are living, he leaves twenty-three grandchildren and a host of friends who will always be influenced by his windly christian life.
He was always at his place in church when at all possible. He was a kind and loving father, having a keen interest in each child. He was loved most by those who knew him best. He had no enemies.
"There is not death! The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore,
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forever more."
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 18 December 1930, pg 9
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