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Ober L. "Lin" Shuey

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Service: 11:00am Thu. February 27th, 2020
Location: Conroy Funeral Home

Ober Lincoln SHUEY, affectionately known as “Lin” throughout the Clark County farm community, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Northwood Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Springfield, Ohio. He was 92. Born November 25, 1927 in Springfield, Lin Shuey was the son of Edwin L. and Ruth (Spencer) Shuey who owned Amedsa Hills Farm on Route 4 four miles northeast of Springfield. Educated at Springfield High School, Lin enlisted in the United States Army near the close of World War II, serving in the reconstruction of Japan, and later attended Michigan State University to study agricultural engineering. He returned to Springfield in 1951 to run the family farm. Through mutual friends, he met the love of his life, Ruth Ann Bradley, and they were married in November 1953. Over the next four decades, Lin and Ruth Ann farmed several hundred acres and raised five boys. He worked long hours and rarely took vacations. All five boys worked on the farm at various times in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and helped Ruth Ann tend to the family’s annual ubergarden. Lin’s strong work ethic was passed to his boys, all of whom have had successful careers. Lin was a board member of the Clark Soil and Water Conservation District from 1972 to 1992, and in the 1960s, was recognized by the District for what was then the innovative practice of contour farming. His alfalfa hay was a perennial winner at the Clark County Fair. In the mid-60s, he challenged in federal court the Army Corps of Engineers plan to build a dam on Buck Creek that would cover much of the richest bottom ground on the farm; the lawsuit was eventually unsuccessful in obtaining a higher value for the land. After leaving farming in 1987, Lin was a sales rep at PK Lumber in Springfield before spending 15 years at Tractor Supply Co. He was widely known by TSC customers for his outgoing personality and vast knowledge of the things that farmers and farm families need. He retired at age 81. Lin joined the Young Men’s Literary Club in the 1990s, writing lengthy reports on topics ranging from technological changes in agriculture, evolution of the meat-packing industry, the origin of national flags, and impacts of mining on Native American communities. He was a lifelong member of High Street United Methodist Church, devoting much of his time during retirement to serving the church and solidifying his faith. He participated in the three-day Walk to Emmaus, a Christian pilgrimage held at the church, at the age of 75, and regularly volunteered at the church’s Free Will Food Store. In 1999, he and Ruth Ann enjoyed a two-week trip to England and Germany to visit historic places associated with the Protestant Reformation. In retirement, Lin and Ruth Ann remained in the countryside, tending to a large garden and hosting visits by their grandchildren. Lin was preceded in death by his beloved “Ruthie” in 2017, by his sister Ann S. Baker in 2009, and by an infant son in 1965. Survivors include five children and spouses, Christopher and Laura Shuey, Albuquerque, NM; Robert and Mary Shuey, Dakota Dunes, SD; John and Jennifer Shuey, Powell, OH; Samuel and Susan Shuey, Springfield; and David and Lona Shuey, Berne, IN; nine grandchildren, Bryant, MacKenzie, Conor, Spencer Tripp, Jarrett, Jamison, and Brandon Shuey, Alexa Shoaf-Balsiger and Gabriella Hawkins; one great grandchild, Gavin Hawkins, and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 4 pm to 7 pm on Wednesday February 26 in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Thursday February 27 in the funeral home with Daniel Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
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I had the pleasure of knowing Mr Shuey he was a great man and he always made me laugh I loved hearing the stories about the farm he will be missed

- Jennifer Lemmons , Tuesday February 25th, 2020

I was so sadden to hear of Lin's passing. My first thought was "What a great gentleman he was". You were so lucky to have a dad and grandfather like Lin. Every time I walked into TSC in the past few years, I missed his presence. The Agricultural Community in Clark County was a lot better off with his presence. He will truly be missed , but we can rejoice in knowing he is in a far better place. My deepest sympathy.

- Mike Haubner, Monday February 24th, 2020

I am celebrating Uncle Lin’s life by remembering his great sense of humor, his quick smile, and infectious laugh. He was a kind man, a gentle soul, who always took the time to talk and listen to those around him. He and Ruth Ann raised an amazing family while tending to a large farm and many dairy cows. Here’s to Uncle Lin - a life well lived!

- Mark Baker, Sunday February 23rd, 2020

Lin and Ruth Ann were special to the Clark County farming community and High Street Methodist Church. Their memories will live on. Sincere sympathy to the family.

- Elaine Stevenson, Sunday February 23rd, 2020

Dear Shuey Family, I'm sorry to here of Lynn's passing. As a 2nd or 3rd cousin to you all, I have many memories and experiences working on the farm. From an early age to teenage years in the 60's and 70's Lynn would provide summer work me around the farm pulling weeds, raking & bailing hay etc. Treating me more than just a worker Lynn and Ruth, as well as, Chris Sam and Rob made me one of the family. Ruth Ann made great breakfasts, lunches and on a few occasions Lynn would take all us boys to get burgers or dairy queen ice cream in Springfield; we would all get a whole pint to ourselves; what a treat!. Lynn's trust in me to safely drive the tractors, rake and bail hay and help with the tractor pulls etc. gave me more confidence in myself during those years. Working and having fun with Lynn, Chris, Sam, Rob was a time in my life I'll never forget. Annually, I would come home from California to visit my family and would stop by the TSC to say hello to Lynn. His smiling face an warmth about him always made me feel like one of his own. He will truly be missed! My condolences from the Wimberly Family and Hugs to All!

- Ivan Wimberly igw1.911@gmail.com, Sunday February 23rd, 2020

So sad to hear of his passing. Many great memories with Lin in the 70’s and 80’s with various agriculture events especially the Clark County Fair and FFA soil judging. He will be missed but the memories of his love for agriculture and youth will be remembered.

- Larry Lokai, Saturday February 22nd, 2020

Sending love and hugs to your family ❤️

- Susie Foreman, Friday February 21st, 2020

So sorry for your loss he was a kind gentle man and I always enjoyed talking to him and his smile made me smile!

- Brenda Gannon, Friday February 21st, 2020

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