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Paul Vernon McElvain

Posted May 28, 2013 in Obituaries

May 8, 1923 – May 24, 2013

Paul McElvain

Paul McElvain

Paul V. McElvain, age 90 Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.

He was born on May 8, 1923 on the family farm in rural Centerville, the son of Jason (Lawrence) and Cecile (Kerr) McElvain. Paul married Helen Shorts on February 24, 1946 at the First Methodist Church in Centerville.

Paul lived and farmed on the family farm most of his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed auctions, farm sales, singing, and most importantly, the time he was able to spend with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He maintained a social presence in his community by his involvement in numerous groups and organizations throughout his lifetime, including the Gideon’s, Farm Bureau, school board member of the Seymour Schools, and member of the Seymour Methodist Church.

Paul is survived by his children, Bonnie (Hugo) Keyner of Vail, Arizona, Terry (Janice) McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, John (Marcella) McElvain of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and James (Melinda) McElvain of Corydon, Iowa; a sister, Marjorie Inman of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; ten grandchildren, Jason (Wendy) McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, Jeremy McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, Jeff McElvain of Papallion, Nebraska, Chris (Kaley) McElvain of Homestead, Iowa, Darcie (Dan) Feller of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jessica (Shawn) Panich of Hermosa Beach, California, Skylar and Austin McElvain of Corydon, Iowa, Aaron (Gretchen) Hampton of Columbia, Tennessee, and Kendall (Amanda) Hampton of Nashville, Tennessee; ten great-grandchildren, R.J. and Alyssa McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, Cole Feller of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Adalynn and Kynlee McElvain of Homestead, Iowa, Jessie, Marianne, Kathryn, and Luke Hampton of Columbia, Tennessee, Emma Hampton of Nashville, Tennessee; a son-in-law, Arnt Hampton of McMinnville, Tennessee; sister-in-laws, Lola Shorts of Centerville, Iowa and Faith McElvain of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen McElvain; a daughter Sandra Hampton; and two brothers, Harold and Richard McElvain.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Kay Singley officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerome Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville from 1-8 PM, with the family present from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to the Seymour Methodist Church and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

Information provided by:
Lange Funeral Home
1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

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