William Clair Shellenbarger

1933 - 2018

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William C. Shellenbarger, 85, formerly of Findlay, passed away at his Perrysburg, Ohio residence on December 22, 2018 with his family at his side. Bill was born in Putnam County on December 21, 1933 to the late Lewis C. and Martha (Schafer) Shellenbarger. He married Claudia L. (Ragland) Shellenbarger on September 13, 1953. She passed away on July 11, 2011. He is survived by his children: William J. (Paula) Shellenbarger of Findlay, Kent C. Shellenbarger of Perrysburg, Tonita J (David) Karcher of Bloomdale, and Shawn J.(Susan Campbell) Shellenbarger of Findlay; his grandchildren: William E., Shalene J., Cardon I. (Mindy), Aaron M., Austin J.(Lindsay), Brendan R.(Amanda), Caleb S., and Caitlin M.; step-granddaughter, Madalyn M.; and his great-grandchildren: Devin, Jordan, Ayden, Alexandria, Lyla, Jaxson, Evelynn, and Logan. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melonie; a grandson, Tyler D.; four brothers: Wilbur, Virgil, Rolland, and Phillip; a sister, Marjorie Marquart; a father- and mother-in-law, James and Sue Ragland, of whom he would often sing praises to as the best in-laws anyone could ever want; and two brothers-in-law. William was born in Putnam County on County Road 5 and raised in a farming family. In his early years, he moved to Jenera, Ohio, where he continued to farm with the family. He graduated from Cory-Rawson High School in 1952 and was hired by Ohio Bell Telephone Company. He retired from Ohio bell in 1988, after which, he and Claudia travelled to Hawaii and Europe to visit Kent and Shawn who were in the service at the time. Bill was a member of the Ohio Bell Pioneers Club and served in numerous positions within the organization, taking great pride in the charities that they donated to. He and Claudia's home was open to all. He was a friend and neighbor to all. He was a spiritual man who never would preach, but was always willing to talk about the gospel to anyone who was willing to listen. He was always there to help a neighbor in need. His love for God was followed by his love for Claudia and he expressed that same love in equal portions to all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and hunting of all species available. Special thanks to his caring hospice assistant Madison and his bubbly nurse Ellen, along with all the other hospice staff, his special friend and personal physician, Dr. Murthy Gokula, and nurse Laurie, and his caring friends John and Mary. You all brought our father and his family great comfort during this time. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00am at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME with Reverend Mary A. Bushong officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. Memorial donations may be made to Northwest Ohio Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.coldrencrates.com.

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Thursday, December 27th 2018 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, December 28th 2018 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Bill's family
Date :Saturday, December 22nd 2018
From : Nancy Szymanski
We have lost an absolutely wonderful man - a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Bill was so caring - always thinking of others before himself. I will miss his wonderful hugs at our Pioneer meetings. We now have another angel in heaven watching over us.

To : Shellenbarger family
Date :Sunday, December 23rd 2018
From : Michelle Wyatt ditz
I grew up into my teens knowing “grandpa and grandma” when Shalene and I became friends in junior high. They knew me for my dingy personality and accepted me as such. Even as an adult, I needed help with things such as plumbing or maintenance of some sort and grandpa was always willing to come help me no matter how hard he worked that day. I will miss seeing him out in his yard with all his decorations. I will miss his cute southern twang. And his kind heart. Rest In Peace grandpa. Tell grandma I still remember her peaking sheers joke!!! Love you both and think of you often.

To : The Shellenbarger family
Date :Monday, December 24th 2018
From : Todd Freeman
You have my deepest sympathy on your father's passing. Your family is in my prayers.

To : family of Bill
Date :Monday, December 24th 2018
From : Rosemary Anderson Tritch
It's been a while since I have seen Bill, but I remember what a great guy he was and his devotion to Claudia. My sympathy to all of you.

To : Bill Shellenbarger
Date :Monday, December 24th 2018
From : Bob Shelby Myerholtz
"Hi Neighbor" That was what Bill shouted at me 2 years ago when we moved in across the street from him.
That is how we addressed each other from then on.

Shelby and I had a lot in common with Bill. We grew up in the same time.

WE set on our front porch and talk about the good old times. We trade bean soup for pumpkin pies.

We only new Bill for two years, but, felt like he was part of our family.

We will miss Bill, but we are looking forward to, when we move into the place Bill is now, We will listening for the words of Bill. "Hi Neighbor

To : Family of Bill Shellengarger
Date :Tuesday, December 25th 2018
From : Sue Forrest
The whole family are in my prayers. Bill was a great man and good friend. Sorry I can't be there for all of you. Recovering from surgery. Love to all.

To : Shellys Family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Shirley Sumner
I got to know Bill through the Toledo Telephone Pioneers retiree club roughly 10 years ago. During our working years he worked outside and I worked inside. Our paths never crossed until we met through the Pioneers. Bill was a kind, gentle, patient, and positive man who always had a ready smile. He spoke lovingly of his wife, children, and grandchildren. I enjoyed listening to him talk with that southern twang. He always had a joke to tell. I will miss seeing him at Pioneer functions and meetings. I will just flat out miss him period! God bless Bill and Claudia

To : The Shellenbarger Family
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Kim Alcock Family
I am so very sorry for your loss and someone that meant so very much to our family! Not everyone can say that they are as blessed as we were to have had someone in our lives as we had Bill! He was truly a great friend! We loved him and he loved us! He did so much for so many people! Family Forever! He will truly be missed!

To : Family of Willam Shellenbarger
Date :Wednesday, December 26th 2018
From : Frickers Maumee
An amazing guest and friend

To : Shellenbarger Family
Date :Thursday, December 27th 2018
From : Alec Hunt and Family
Grandpa You will be missed. I came into this family through Marriage but was treated like Blood. I appreciate all the life lessons and influences you had on me growing up. Love you and Miss you! To the Family Sorry I can not make it up there to comfort and show my support. Thoughts are with you all in these days! Love, Alec

To : The Shellenbarger Family
Date :Thursday, December 27th 2018
From : Holly Konersman Perkins
Our family always has fond memories of the Shellenbarger family. I know my older brothers were always checking in when they came back into town. My earliest memory of Bill is when he came rushing over to our house on Summit Street when there was a fire on the stove. My mom was in the basement, and I was in the kitchen and did not know what to do. Thank you Bill for always being caring and kind. I am sure my parents are happy to see him and are spending time with him and Claudia and the sweet children that have gone ahead. I know how hard it is to say good-bye, and I am so glad that Christians never say good-bye forever - we only say until we meet again!

My sincere sympathy to your family at this time as well as our entire family.

To : Bill and Paula
Date :Sunday, December 30th 2018
From : Tom Leddy
Bill, Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Sounds like he was a terrific dad and role model. How awesome and lucky are you to have such a man in your life for over 60 years!
I would have liked to have been there but I have been in South Carolina with my family this week. My prayers are with you and your family.