Garold Floyd Sholders

Born: Sat., Mar. 19, 1932
Died: Sat., Jun. 22, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jun. 25, 2019
Location: First Christian Church of Oblong

Celebration of Life

10:00 AM Wed., Jun. 26, 2019
Location: First Christian Church of Oblong

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Garold Floyd Sholders, age 87 passed away at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday June 22 at Ridgeview Care Center in Oblong, Illinois.

Garold was born in Pierceburg, Illinois on March 19, 1932. He was the son Ivan V. and Ruby Leone (York) Sholders. He married Marilyn Maxine (Allen) on October 22, 1955. She preceded him in death on September 23, 2016.

Garold attended Hardinville Grade School and graduated from Oblong Township High School in 1950. Before enlisting in the Army to serve his country in the Korean War, he began his career with LS Heath & Sons. After the service, he returned to work at LS Heath, which was later called American Dairy. He worked as a milkman, delivering milk from house to house across southern Illinois. In 1968 he began working at Marathon Refinery on the Unicracker Unit, later becoming a foreman until retiring in 1986. Additionally, he truly loved farming and raising cattle.

He was an avid supporter of many agricultural events in the community. He served as president of the Crawford County Fair Board for many years and was a longtime exhibitor at the Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show. Garold was also a member of Oblong American Legion Post #219, where he proudly served by conducting military burial rites. He was also a member of the Oblong Masonic Lodge #644, Crawford County Shrine, Elks, and Crawford County Farm Bureau.

Garold was a member of First Christian Church of Oblong. He served as an elder, a deacon and was on several committees, including chairman of both the House and Pulpit Committees. He worked alongside Marilyn for over 60 years on the family farm. He enjoyed tinkering "out in the shed" on all sorts of projects. He especially loved restoring antique tractors and exhibiting them at the annual Oblong Antique Tractor and Engine Show. He is well known for raising his great-tasting sweet corn and sharing it with many. Garold never met a stranger! He loved talking to people about anything farm related and his days of delivering milk.

Garold and Marilyn always loved to attend the various events their kids and grandkids participated in. They traveled to many sporting events, cattle shows, and other activities the family was involved in. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his friends and family.

Garold is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Ocie Smith III and Janice and Kerry Travis; four grandaughters, Kylie and Dustin Veach, Danielle and Connor McCoy, Carley and Camryn Travis; two great-grandsons Mason and Maddox Veach; twin brother Harold and sister-in-law Jane Sholders; brother Terry Sholders, and sister Sue Provines; sister-in-law Jan Allen; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Garold in death was his wife Marilyn, his parents Ivan and Ruby Sholders; father-in-law and mother-in-law Samuel and Lucille Allen; sister and brother-in-law Lois and Clarence Shew; brother-in-law Finley Provines; brother-in-law Sammy K. Allen.

A celebration of Garold 's life will be held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at First Christian Church in Oblong, IL. Burial will follow in the Oblong Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Oblong American Legion Post #219. The visitation will be Tuesday June 25, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at First Christian Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers a donation be made to Oblong FFA, Oblong Tractor and Engine Club, or First Christian Church of Oblong. Envelopes will be available at First Christian Church or donations may be mailed to Pulliam Funeral Home, P.O. Box 121, Oblong, IL 62449.

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Bob & Patti Loveall
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
We worked with Garold at Marathon very nice guy. Loved listening to his stories. Sometimes I wasn't for sure if he was teasing me or telling a true story. He was always smiling. Prayers to his family. Patti & Bob Loveall

Rod and Karla Brown
   Posted Thu June 27, 2019
So sorry we couldn't make it down for the funeral. Thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Garold was a special man. Rod and Karla Brown and family

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