SLIFER, Ervil 1875-1941
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/26/2019 at 20:13:06
Ervil Slifer, Early Resident Of County, Is Dead
O. E. Slifer, who was born in Grundy county 66 ago and who spent nearly all of his life here, died at his home in Grundy Center last Saturday afternoon following an illness of several years. He was confined to his bed during the past two months.
Funeral services were held at the Ivester church Monday afternoon, beginning at 2:30. Rev. Earl M. Franz, local pastor, had charge of the services. Burial was in the Ivester cemetery.
Flower girls were Helen Newell, Mrs. Frank Gohner, Mrs. Frank Sheller and Mrs. Geo. Platt.
The pallbearers were John Price, Frank Gohner, Al Kline, Frank Sheller, Ernie Gohner and John Sheller.
The following obituary was read at the church service:
Ervil, the oldest son of Lewis and Ann Catherine Slifer, was born in Grundy county on Jan. 14, 1875. His life with the exception of two years spent with his parents in Grundy Center, and six years, after his marriage, spent at Worthington, Minn., was lived on the farm in Melrose township until he moved to Grundy Center a little more than a year ago.
On Feb. 4, 1897 he was united in marriage with Lillie Mae White. Mr. and Mrs. Slifer are the parents of 9 children, one of whom died in infancy. He is survived by his companion and 8 children, Viola of Grundy Center; Maybelle of Waterloo; Kenneth of Alaska; Mrs. Ethel Maack of Delevan, Wis.; Raymond, who lives on the home farm; Hazel of Miami Beach, Fla.; Ralph of Whitten; and Clarence of Grundy Center. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and two brothers, A. C. of Minneapolis, Minn., and O. R. of Conrad as well as a host of relatives and friends.
Mr. Slifer was not a man of many words. He endeavored to live a life of honesty and integrity and to fill his place as he understood it. Throughout his suffering of recent years he was patient and uncomplaining. He was deeply appreciative of the ministry of loved ones to his needs and the friendly calls and well wishing of his friends. At times when he could scarcely talk he never failed to say "Come again" when his friends took their leave. Particularly in these last weeks he tied himself very fully to his faith in God and prayers and communion with the Father filled a very definite place in his life. A few days ago he asked that the anointing service be administered, at which time he reaffirmed his faith in God and his committal of all to the keeping of a loving Father.
His passing will leave a void in the family circle which cannot be filled, but with faith in a God of love we carry on with confidence and hope.
Relatives present from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Maack, Delevan, Wis.; Mr. John Joyce, Waterloo; Mrs. Charles Ruby and Mrs. Canada, Buckeye.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 5 June 1941, pg 12
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