Dorsey Floyd "Jake" Shahan, 94, a resident of the Pifer Mountain Community, Parsons, went home to be with our Lord Thursday morning, July 10, 2014, in Davis Medical Center at Elkins, surrounded by his family.
He was born Monday, June 28, 1920, at Pifer Mountain, a son of the late Floyd Campbell and Dona Marie Shahan.
While serving in the United States Army at the Coffeyville, Kan. Air Force Base, he met the love of his life, the former Opal Faye Souder, whom he married Feb. 17, 1944, just prior to being deployed into the European Theatre during World War II. They had celebrated 66 1/2 years of marriage.
While serving in World War II, he was stationed in Germany and France and achieved the rank of sergeant.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Sharon Kaye Kidwell and husband, Dick, of Parsons, Wilma Marie Hershman and husband, Alfred, of St. Ignace, Mich., Peggy Ann Evans and husband, Danny, of St. George, Doris Jean Kisamore and husband, Neil, of St. George, Linda Faye Sherman and husband, Ernest "Mac," of Parsons and William Floyd "Bill" Shahan and wife, Barb, of Parsons; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Peg Filler, Velma "Toots" Roy, Jean Morrison and husband, Floyd, and Faye Capper and husband, Dick, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were one daughter, Roberta Maye Auvil; and siblings, Doyle Shahan, Delphia Jones, Thelma Tenney, Ellis Shahan, Ray Shahan and Buddy Shahan.
He attended the one room Murphy School on Texas Mountain. He worked in the timber industry in Pennsylvania and was a former employee at a hardware retailer in Coffeyville, Kan. After returning to his native West Virginia, he worked in the timber industry for many years. He was a former employee of the West Virginia Division of Highways, the Dorman Mills of Parsons and retired at the age of 67 from the city of Parsons, where he was the labor supervisor. Following his retirement, he remained active in the community and held various part-time positions. He was a man of great faith who had a passion for gospel music, and he travelled with his family sharing that faith through music. He was a gifted singer and guitarist. He was a Methodist by faith, and his greatest legacy is his family and his love of God and country.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons Sunday from 5-9 p.m. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor Monday, July 14, at 2 p.m. The Rev. J. Michael Lantz and the Rev. Larry Filler will officiate, and interment will follow in Pifer Mountain Cemetery at St. George, where H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign War and Tucker County Veterans Association will conduct full military honors.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Dorsey Floyd "Jake" Shahan.