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Omer T. Shawler of Marshall, Ill., passed away peacefully in the care of Wabash Valley Hospice on the afternoon of Feb. 17, 2018. He had fallen at his home two weeks prior and never recovered. Omer was 91 years old and practiced law in Marshall for nearly 68 years. Omer was born in West Union, Ill., on Dec. 4, 1926, to Lareno and Estella Shawler.
After graduating from Marshall High School in 1944, Omer attended Indiana State University and in 1950 graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Omer, the youngest of five children, paid his way through college by working on the railroad and busing tables. Omer settled in Marshall and on June 23, 1951, married the only love of his life, Virginia Meehling Shawler. Omer and Virginia were married over 66 years and had three children, all of whom survive, Marjann and her husband Kip Palmer, David Frank and Donald Meehling.
In addition to his parents, Omer was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; one brother, Lyman; and two sisters, Virginia and Norma. One sister, Clara Lou, survivies.
Omer was a trusted counselor to many clients over the years and was a kind and generous soul to all who knew him. Omer was a longtime parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marshall.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. CST Thursday, March 1, 2018, with Father Augustine Koomson as celebrant. Burial will follow in Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, at the church, with the rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Following rosary, he will moved from the church to Pearce Funeral Home, where additional visitation will be 7 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday prior to mass at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorial gifts be given in Omer's name to the Maintenance Fund of the Marshall Cemetery Association or Marshall Community Pool Fund. Gifts are tax deductible as permitted by law. As the consummate estate planner, Omer would approve the foregoing statement. Online condolences are being accepted at: pearcefuneralservices.com.
Published on February 21, 2018
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