Ralph Merrell Shonts, age 87 of Beam Farm Rd., Statesville passed away Thursday April 6, 2017 at Gordon Hospice House, after a lengthy illness. He was born September 25, 1929 in McKean County, PA to the late Nelson James Shonts and Lena Ann Price Shonts. He was a former employee of Schneider Mills. He was also a Seventh Day Adventist.

In addition to his mother and father he was preceded in death by his wife, Leila Herzog Shonts, two brothers, Everette Shonts and Donald Shonts; three sisters, Virginia Burns, Helen Smith and Gracie Shonts.

He is survived by a daughter, Teri Beam and husband Alan of Statesville; four brothers, Frank Shonts and wife Nancy of Bradford, PA, Jack Shonts and wife Bonnie of Cyclone, PA, Art Shonts and wife Sue of Bradford, PA, and Ken Shonts and wife Ester also of Bradford, PA; one sister, Jean Crum of Bradford, PA; two grandchildren, Crystal LeVan and husband Chase and Nicole Beam; two great grandchildren, Ace Alexander and Axel LeVan.

Funeral services will be conducted 3:00pm Sunday April 9, 2017 at the Chapman Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Marc Swearingen, Rev. Ron Setzer, Rev. Naomi King and Rev. Art Randall will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethel UMC Cemetery, 168 Lookout Dam Rd., Statesville. The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00pm Saturday evening at Chapman Funeral Home.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know I'm praying for you and your family. May your good memories overshadow the bad and reflect the love you shared. Love, John, Kristy and Devlyn
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