Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Edward Franklin Loop, 1881-1947

The Seymour Herald - 23 January 1947
Funeral Services for Edward Loop
  Funeral services for Ed Loop were held in the Methodist Church in Seymour Wednesday, January 15, at 2 p.m., the Rev. W. W. Watson officiating.
  Music was furnished by Mrs. Virgil Shepherd and Mrs. Florice Shepderd with Mrs. Mary Burchett accompanist. Selections were: "Whispering Hope" and "Lead Kindly Light."
  Pallbearers were: Albert Couchman, Lawrence Collins, Med Henderson, Clark Long, Ray Crist and Dee Bettis.
  Interment was made in Southlawn cemetery.
  Edward Franklin Loop, son of Albert and Barbara Schungle Loop, was born near Asherville in Mitchell county, Kansas June 18, 1881. He departed this life Jan. 12, 1947 at his home near Seymour, Iowa, being 65 years, 6 months, and 25 days of age. He was united in marriage with Bitha L. Masters August 28, 1918 at Promise City, Iowa. One daughter, Kathryn, came to bless the home. He was the ninth child in a family of 13 children and was preceded in death by his father, mother, three brothers and five sisters. Those remaining to mourn his passing are his wife and daughter, Kathryn McElvain, his son-in-law, Harold McElvain, two grandchildren, Virginia and Kenneth McElvain and the following brothers and sisters: A. R. Loop, Beloit, Kansas; P. W. Loop, Asherville, Kansas; Mrs. E. E. Fisher, Stockton, Kansas; and James A . Loop, Lawrence, Kansas; also nieces and nephews. One nephew, Orrin Hotchkiss, of Liberty, Missouri, was reared in the Loop home as a brother.
  Ed grew to manhood in Mitchell county, Kansas, and spent most of his time there until November 1919 when he came to Iowa. At an early age he became a member of the Christian Church at Asherville, Kansas and after coming to Iowa, attended the Methodist church at Kniffin and Bollman Chapel as long as services were held there. He was always interested in the church and its work. His Christian spirit was shown in both word and deed, as he was always seen standing for the right and denouncing the wrong. His cheerful disposition showed through his long illness and just a few days before his passing expressed a wish to go where he could have rest, free from all pain. The following poem by Grace Noll Crowell seems fitting at this time:
    The day was long, the burden I had borne
    Seemed heavier than I could longer bear.
    And then it lifted -- but I did not know
    Some one had knelt in prayer.

    Had taken me to God that very hour,
    And asked the easing of the load, and He,
    In infinite compassion, had stooped down
    And taken it from me.

    We cannot tell how often as we pray
    For some hurt one, bewildered, and distressed,
    The answer comes -- but many times those hearts
    Find sudden peace and rest.

    Someone had prayed, and Faith, a reaching hand;
    Took hold of God, and brought Him down that day
    So many, many hearts have need of prayer,
    Oh, let us pray!

  Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were:  Mr. and Mrs. James Loop of Lawrence, Kansas and Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Hotchkiss, of Liberty, Mo.
Card of Thanks
  We wish to extend our sincere personal thanks, to all of our neighbors and friends, for the lovely flowers, the words of sympathy, the food, and all acts of kindness to us in the loss of our husband, father and brother.
  Mrs. E. F. Loop
  Mr. and Mrs. H. K. McElvain, Virginia and Kenneth
  Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Loop

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