Amer Shay


The funeral for Amer B. Shay, 85, of Pontiac, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cornell United Methodist Church with Pastor Larry Frank officiating.

Burial will be in Camp Cemetery, rural Odell.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, has charge of arrangements.

Mr. Shay died at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

Amer was born April 20, 1927, in Pontiac, a son of Arthur and Ellen (Hamreway) Shay. He married Beulah Mae Kimber May 23, 1948, in Odell. She survives in Pontiac.

He is also survived by two sons, Randy (Sandy) Shay, Pontiac, and Gary (Lisa) Shay, Hoschton, Ga.; one daughter, Nancy Shay, Gainesville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Dawn, Maggie, Kelly, Erin and Kevin; and one sister, Aldine Monroe, Pontiac.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Orin and Burtin Shay.

Amer graduated from Cornell High School.

He served his country in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946.

He farmed in the Pontiac area his entire life.

He was a member of the Cornell United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men. He had served on various committees in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of the United Methodist Church.

He directed work camps at The Baby Fold and East Bay Camps. He had been a member of the Pontiac-Esmen School Board and was a trustee at the Esmen-Camp Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Cornell United Methodist Church or The Baby Fold.

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