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Albert T. “Pete” Ferrell

Albert T. Pete Ferrell, age 94, of Shiloh, died Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at the Crestwood Care Center.

Pete was born September 21, 1915 in Shiloh the son of the late Frank and Maude (Shatzer) Ferrell. He graduated in 1933 from Shiloh High School and served in the United States Army in Alaska and Europe during World War II. During the depression, Pete worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps planting trees in southern Ohio. That job, along with his military service in Alaska, fostered his great love of the outdoors. He was the meticulous caretaker at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh and other rural cemeteries for over 50 years. He had a legendary reputation for digging graves by hand until his retirement at the age of 78. Pete had many varied interests. Well into his eighties he cross country skied and rode his bike just about everywhere. He had a sharp mind, a quick wit, a great sense of humor and was an avid reader. He enjoyed making wine and beer and loved trains and tractors. He recently fulfilled his lifelong dream of driving a train.

Pete was a member of Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Shiloh and Garrett-Reiss Shiloh American Legion Post 503.

He is survived by a niece: Jean Holmes of Shiloh; great nieces: Jody and John Jones of Fargo, ND, Mindy and Michael Beeman of Cumberland, MD, Erin Holmes and Sam Gingrich of SD, Gretchen and Michael Huttleston of Shiloh, Kelly and Rod Snyder of Shiloh, Deborah Dawson Wolff of NY; great nephew: Stacy and Angie Holmes of Nashville, TN; Numerous great great nieces and nephews; a cousin: Betty Willet of Shelby. He was preceded in death by a brother: Jack Ferrell, 2 sisters: Lois Moser and Mary Ferrell, a niece: Janice Dawson.

Friends may call on Friday, December 11, 2009 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Saturday at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church conducted by Pastor John Wanamaker. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hope Lutheran Church, the Sierra Club or the Shiloh Food Bank. On-line condolences may be made at

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family: Pete Ferrell
    Name: Karen Barnett LPN – Crestwood Care Center
    Date: 09-12-10
    Time: 10:37:44 -0500


    To Pete’s Family: May you find comfort in all your memories of Pete. He will be missed from our Crestwood family. I am leaving this poem in his honor and love for trains.

    Life is but a journey on a train,
    With a pair of travelers at each windowpane.
    I may sit beside you the whole journey through,
    Or I may be seated elsewhere, never knowing you.
    But if fate should mark me to sit at your side,
    Let’s be pleasant travelers, it’s so short a ride.

    Family: Pete Ferrell
    Name: Howard & Marlene Cuppy

    Date: 09-12-10


    We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Pete. He was truly a great friend and also an Icon to all who knew him. His dedicated service to the community will be remembered forever. May he rest in peace.

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