John Seymour

John Seymour


John Sylvester Seymour, 98, died on Friday March 14, 2014, at the Masonic Home in Perry, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 18 at the United Methodist Church in Adel, Iowa. Burial with honors will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 PM Monday at McCalley Funeral Home in Adel where family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

John was born the only child to John E. and Mary (Shafer) Seymour in Great Falls, Montana, on November 7, 1915. In 1918 they moved back to Iowa. John graduated from Ogden High School in 1935. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the summer of 1941 and served as a bombardier on Martin B26's in Europe in WWII. John married Elva Shillington in December 1945 after they were both discharged. They were married for 52 years until her death in 1998. They farmed until 1960 north of Adel. John worked for the Vern Danielson Elevator in Adel from 1954 until 1977 when he retired as assistant manager/book keeper. After he retired, John and Elva stayed in Adel until 1995 when they moved to Minburn. He moved to the Masonic Home in Perry in October 2012.

John was preceded in death by his wife Elva and son Ralph. He is survived by his sons, James (Sandy) and John (Linda); daughters, Marie (Steve) Duesenberg and Becca Seymour; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; plus 4 step grandchildren and their families.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Masonic Home in Perry for their loving care of John.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 115 South 10th St., Adel, IA 50003. Online condolences may be left at

Funeral Home

McCalley Funeral Home
735 S. 14th Adel, IA 50003
(515) 993-4240

Published in Des Moines Register on Mar. 17, 2014