Vernon Allen Shahan Sr., 93, a resident of St. George, and former post master, departed this life Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014, in Cortland Acres at Thomas.
He was born Saturday, May 14, 1921, at St. George, a son of the late Cyrus Walter and Aleta C. Phillips Shahan.
On Aug. 24, 1940, at Red House, Md., he was married to the former Mary Virginia Painter, who preceded him in death Dec. 8, 2003.
Surviving are one son, Vernon Allen "Butch" Shahan Jr. and wife, Sally, of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Donald B. Shahan of Hagerstown, Md.; one sister, Juanita S. Blackburn of Falls Church, Va.; and five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are one daughter, Mary Yvonne Minear; four brothers, Michael E. Shahan, Harry David Shahan, Robert Shahan and infant Blondel Shahan; three sisters, Alena Owens, Gladys Luzier and Icy Sampson; and one great-great-grandson, Cyrus Charles Hughes.
He was a graduate of the St. George Academy and Parsons High School with the class of 1939. He attended John Hopkins University of Maryland, West Virginia University and Davis & Elkins College. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II, and worked at the Glenn L. Martin Airplane Plant. He worked for the United States Postal Service, retiring after 40 years of service. He was a member of Parsons Church of God, Parsons High School Alumni Association, the National Association of Postmasters of U.S.A, president of the St. George Academy Preservation Society and a former member of the Parsons Kiwanis Club and board of directors of the Tucker County Senior Citizens.
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Parsons on Saturday, July 26, from 5-7 p.m. On Saturday, at 7 p.m., at the funeral home parlor, the funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Dave Snyder. Mr. Shahan's request for cremation will then be honored.
Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Vernon Allen Shahan Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.