Monday, December 12, 2016

Stephen Douglas A. Van Dorn, 1860-1942

The Seymour Herald -26 February 1942
  Stephen Douglas A. Van Dorn, son of Abraham and Manervia Van Dorn was born October 26, 1860 at Hibbsville, in Appanoose county, Iowa, and departed this life Feb. 18, 1942 at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 22 days, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Frank Crooks near Seymour, Iowa.
  He was united in marriage to Jennie Stewart January 1, 1885.  To this union were born six children:  David Abraham of Dillon, Mo., Mrs. Frank Crooks of Seymour, Earnest Eugene of Jerome, Iowa, Ms. Clyde Smith, Mrs. Dolpha Bone of Seymour, William Bryan of Numa, Iowa, and one step-son Bernice Van Sickle.
  His wife preceded him in death March 26, 1901.
  He was a kind and loving father and kept his children together through long years of toil and hardship.  He was both father and mother to his children until they were all grown and married.  He spent all of his life on a farm south of Jerome, excepting a few years in Seymour.
  He was united in marriage to Lillie McCowan Sept. 23, 1916, who preceded him in death March 8, 1927.  After her death, he spent his time among his children.
  He had been in failing health for sometime, but always looked on the bright side of everything.  All was done that kind and loving hands could do, but to no avail.
  He was a great lover of little children; and was blessed with 21 children and 18 great grandchildren.
  Besides the above mentioned he leaves to mourn his passing a host of relatives and friends.
Just a few days,
  And how we miss him.
Never will his memory fade.
Father is gone, but not forgotten.
  Claimed by the silent grave
  In the grave yard softly sleeping.
Where the flowers gently wave.
  Lies the one we love so dearly.
In his lone and silent grave.
  From this world of pain and sorrow.
To the land of peace and rest.
  God has taken our dear father.
Where he will have eternal rest.
  Rest on, dear father, your labor is o’er.
  Your toiling hands will toil no more.
A faithful father true and kind.
  No friend on earth like you we’ll find.
Editor's Note: Stephen Douglas A. Van Dorn was buried in Southlawn Cemetery, Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa.

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