Alvin Shelley age 90, of Bellevue passed away at the home of a loved one, where he resided for the last 7 months, surrounded by his family. He was in the care of Stein Hospice. He was born Oct. 13, 1930 in Bellevue the son of Charles and Bertha Shelley.
He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1948. He was incredibly involved in the planning of the “Class of 48’s” class reunions. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948. After basic training in San Antonio, TX, he attended machinist school in IL, before being stationed at Elmendorf Air Base in Anchorage, AK until discharge in 1952 as a Staff Sargent. Alvin enjoyed being part of the Honor Flight trip to Washington DC in Sept. 2017.
Alvin married the love of his life, Kathleen (Heyman) Shelley on Aug.22, 1953. He was a self-employed mason contractor with his brother, Paul for 25 years. (Shelley Brothers Mason Contractors). He then worked as a welder at Klein Steel and Thomas Steel in Bellevue, retiring in the early 1980’s.
He built his first home outside of Bellevue in 1957, then moved his family to Kathleen’s family farm in 1970. Alvin always had a “project in the works”. He enjoyed farming and raising an assortment of animals. He built up a “hog operation” along with his son, which they operated until 2010.
In 1967, Alvin and Kathleen purchased a property with a “cabin” near Bedford, PA. The family has enjoyed many good times there along with extended family and friends. (affectionately referred to as their little piece of Heaven on Earth) Alvin designed an “A” frame and along with family and friends it was built on the property and his dream became a reality.
Alvin and Kathleen wintered in Sun City, AZ for over 20 yrs. He became a real estate agent there for a few years. He loved traveling with family and friends through Canada, Mexico and the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii; even visiting Panama and Puerto Rico. They purchased their RV in 2017 and traveled across the country. Alvin was an avid Cleveland Indians and The Ohio State University Buckeyes fan. He was a member of the Monroeville Congregational UCC and American Legion Post 83, Sandusky.
Alvin is survived by his loving wife of 67 years and his 3 children: Jaci (John) Schaber of Mansfield, Judy (Dave) Lepley of Bellevue, and Jeff (Deb) Shelley of Willard; Eight grandchildren and Ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eight brothers and four sisters.
A memorial service celebrating Alvin’s life will be held at Noon on Sunday, May 23, 202, the doors will be open at 11:30 am with Pastor Wayne Chasney officiating at the Heymann Historical Society, Hunts Corners, 4552 State Route 547, Monroeville, Ohio. Foos & Foos Funeral Service, Bellevue is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Monroeville Congregational UCC, 29 Chapel St., Monroeville, Ohio 44847 or Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870
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