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It is with deep regret that we have to notify ASA members of the passing of John C. Shover on December 26, 2011. 

BARRY, Ill. -- John C. Shover, 73, of Barry, died at 4:35 p.m. Monday (Dec. 26, 2011) in Blessing Hospital.  He was born Sept. 9, 1938, in Monticello, Iowa, to John Charles, Sr. and Lois L. Lockhart Shover. They preceded him in death.

He married Elaine C. Appleby on April 17, 1960, in Monticello. She survives in Barry.

John graduated from Monticello High School in 1956 and from Iowa State University in 1960 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture Economics.

He married Elaine in 1960 and went to work for International Harvester. In 1961, he took a position as cashier and farm manager with the Citizen's State Bank of Postville in Postville, Iowa. In 1970 John moved to Barry where he became president and CEO of the First National Bank of Barry.

He was involved with many community organizations over the years, including 26 years on the Barry City Council, president of the Illini Community Hospital Board, and a member of the Kiwanis, Lion's Club and United Methodist Church. He was a Shriner and a Mason.

In the 1980s he began raising Salers cattle, eventually serving as president of the American Salers Association.

He also served on a citizen's committee to build a swimming pool in Barry. In 1994 John became President of CIETEN, Inc., a group of business men who developed land on the North edge of Barry for business growth. He was inducted into the IHSA Hall of Fame for his many years as scoreboard operator for the Barry High School boys basketball program. He also served on the Committee of Ten that planned the consolidation of Western Community School. He was recently honored by Illinois Bankers Association for his 50 years in banking.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. John's greatest enjoyment came from his seven grandchildren.

He also survived by two sons, Eric "Rick" Shover and his wife, Inky, of Barry and Randall Shover and his wife, Luanne, of Beverly; one daughter, Kristi Vincent and her husband, Damon, of Barry; three grandsons, Jared Shover of Beverly, Toby Vincent of Barry and Matthew Shover of Barry; four granddaughters, Britni Menke of Barry, Taylor Vincent of Barry, Abby Shover of Beverly and Rachel Shover of Beverly; and one sister, Mary Jane Hutchison of Englewood, Colo.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Friday in Barry United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Barry.

VISITATION: From 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday December 29, in the church.

MEMORIALS: To the American Salers Foundation to fund a John C. Shover Scholarship, or The Barry YMCA Project.

ARRANGEMENTS: Kirgan Funeral Home.  WEBSITE:

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