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St George Catholic Church
Tuesday May 19th, 2020
9:30am - 11:00am

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Mass of Christian Burial

St George Catholic Church
Tuesday May 19th, 2020

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Clarence R. Shelley


Clarence R. Shelley, age 84, of Linn, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Clarence was born October 16, 1935, in Morrison, a son to the late William Shelley, Sr. and Marie (Vehlewald) Shelley.

Clarence was a 1956 graduate of Chamois High School. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was united in marriage on June 20, 1959, to Marjorie Breunig at Assumption Catholic Church in Morrison.  She survives of the home.

Clarence was employed by the Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis until his retirement in 1987.

He was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Linn, Osage County Country Club, and American Legion Post #5

Clarence enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his spouse of 60 years, Clarence is survived by: three sons, Kevin Shelley and his wife Jennifer of Springfield, IL, Alan Shelley and his wife Jorie of Fairview Heights, IL, and Bruce Shelley and his husband Bryan Jones of Fairview Heights, IL; two daughters, Cynthia Manley and her husband Tim of Swansea, IL and Debra Castiller and her husband Chris of Bellville, IL; one brother, Kenneth Shelley and his wife Margaret of Linn; two sisters, Marcella Sturdevant and her husband Bobby of San Antonio, TX and Irene Grothoff and her husband Richard of Jefferson City; eleven grandchildren, Nicole Davis, Jessica (Ryan) McCalla, Tyler (Chelsea) Castiller, Ryan (Patsy) Manley, Jordan (Sarah) Castiller, Kristen Shelley, Alexis Manley, Grayson Shelley, Kayla Castiller, Braden Shelley, and Alana Shelley; six great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Elizabeth Shelley; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by two infant twin sons, Keith and Kirk Shelley; one brother, William Shelley, Jr.; two sisters, Velma Huesgen and Ida Stewart; and two brothers-in-law, Charlie Huesgen and Ben Stewart

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at St. George Catholic Church in Linn.  Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Daniel Merz as the Celebrant.  Interment will be held at a later date in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full Military Honors. The general public is welcome to attend the visitation while following social distancing guidelines. Please stay 6 feet apart and avoid close contact. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to wear personal masks or other personal protective equipment while in attendance.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. George Capital Campaign Fund or Central Missouri Hospice. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Missouri (897-2214)


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Dear Margie and Family. Sending our deepest sympathy to you Margie and your family . Thinking of you and God Bless

Len & Ann Mehmert May 19 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Clarence. He was such a nice guy and a great friend to my parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

K-Jean and Alan Welch May 18 2020 12:00 AM

We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to Margie, her children & grandchildren. I remember babysitting at your house many times over the years that you lived next door to us in Belleville. Clarence & Margie were good neighbors to us & my siblings played with you kids all the time. We will keep your family in our prayers. God bless you all.

Sharon (Haake) & Art Fahrner May 17 2020 12:00 AM

Our condolences on your loss. So many fun memories of growing up next door. There were many games played in side yard as well as Alan sliding in rocks. Played many whiffle ball games and softball in street. Again, our deepest sympathies may he RIP!!!

Dennis/Jane Haake and family May 17 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retirees spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

Allen Gene Wiggins N ARFE Chap 1019 May 17 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss, I will always remember the good times growing up next door and all of the great times we had playing games outside. Our deepest sympathy to all the family and may he RIP!!

Mark Haake May 17 2020 12:00 AM