Thursday, April 20, 1931
Blockton News ~ J. V. SHAY DEAD
John Valentine SHAY, an aged and highly respected citizen of Blockton, died at his home in Blockton Monday
evening about 5 o'clock following a few weeks illness.
Mr. SHAY was born in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 14, 1849, and was aged 82 years, 2 months and 13 days at the time
of his death.
He was a brother of Mrs. Joe ENGLAND, and relatives from this community attended the funeral.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church yesterday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. J. A.
DILLINGER of Des Moines, a former pastor. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton. Obituary next
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Hulan SHAY, of Creston, was called here the first of the week by the fatal illness of his grandfather, J. V. Shay.
Thursday, May 7, 1931
OBITUARY ~ J. V. SHAY
John Valentine SHAY was born in Baltimore, Maryland, Feb. 14, 1849, and died at his home in Blockton, April 27,
1931, aged 82 years, 2 months and 13 days.
He was born soon after his parents [Luke SHAY and Julia WHELAN SHAY] came to America from Ireland and was
the eldest of a family of 9 children. He came with his parents to Clarke county, Iowa, in 1851, soon after
moving to Union county and then to Ringgold county in 1854 where he lived for 40 years.
He was married to [Mary] Emma TURNER April 4, 1872. To this union five children were born — Ralph L[eo].
deceased; Roy O[laf]., of St. Joseph, Mo.; Dr. L[luke]. E[rnest]. SHAY, of Atchison, Kansas; Faye ROOF, of
Blockton, and Mary [Margaret] MELTON of Goodland, Kansas.
Besides his immediate family he leaves to mourn his death three brothers - T[homas]. S[tephen]., W[illiam].
H[enry]. and M[ichael]. C[hauncey]. SHAY of Maloy — and one sister— Margaret E[llen] HART of St. Louis — who
was unable to be present on account of illness. He also leaves seven grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends. All of his children and two grandchildren
were at his bedside when death called him away.
He was baptised in infancy in the Roman Catholic faith of which his parents were devoted members. He was a
regular attendant at the Christian church with his wife and family and interested in all church affairs. He
took especial interest in his hometown and community and was a member of town council for a number of years.
On Feb. 28, 1894, he moved to the family home in Blockton which he purchased and where he resided until his
death. His wife preceded him in death July 26, 1925, after which his daughter, Faye ROOF and family moved into
his home so he might spend his remaining years at the family home.
Mr. and Mrs. SHAY celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 4, 1922, at their home, surrounded by their
children, grandchildren and Mr. SHAY'S brothers and sister.
John, or J. V. as so many called him, was a livestock dealer of note in his younger life, being one of the
largest livestock buyers and shippers of Ringgold and Taylor counties for a number of years.
Mr. SHAY was a regular visitor at the Wilbur WALTON barbershop every Saturday afternoon when weather permitted
and enjoyed meeting so many of his older friends and visiting. He was interested in all the events of the day
and his mind was alert until a few hours before death. His last illness was of seven weeks duration. His
suffering was intense at times but he was always so patient and thoughtful of those caring for him.
He was a kind husband and loving father and a great lover of home, especially in his declining years. He was
confined to his home a great deal of the time the past few years on account of his eyesight and being unable
to get around without the use of his two canes. He was especially fond of little folks and a lover of all
Mr. SHAY had arranged his funeral services as near as possible like those of his wife, using same songs, using
same minister and assistant and the same singers, Mrs. REEVES singing "Face to Face" as a solo. He had also
chosen his nephews as pallbearers.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Arthur J.
DILLINGER of Des Moines and assisted by Rev. Harold REEVES of Albany, Mo. On account of his wide acquaintance
a number were unable to get into the church. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery [Blockton].
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Among the relatives and friends from a distance, not previously mentioned, attending the J. V. SHAY funeral
over two weeks ago were Mrs. Tom SHEIL and son, and Charley SHAY, of Des Moines; Mrs. C. E. FINCH, Shannon
City; Oak and Mike HART and Margaret and Leah NOLAN, of St. Louis; Otto MADINGER, J. L. PESICKA, J. B. HAYES
and wives, and Mr. HARPER of St. Joseph, and A. J. ROOF and wife.
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Mrs. Mary [Margaret] MELTON and son Paul left Monday evening for their home at Goodland, Kansas, having been
called here by the illness and death of her father, J. V. SHAY.
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