Shelley Richard Shellenberger, 95, dairy farmer, pastor of Mount Joy Mennonite Church, mission knitter

By on March 15, 2017

Shelley Richard Shellenberger, 95, of Lititz, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Landis Homes.

Born in Oakland Mills, Juniata County, he was the son of the late William Henry and Joyce Loretta Shelley Shellenberger. Shelley was the loving husband of Mildred Nissley Landis Shellenberger; they were married May 16, 1998. His first wife was the late Margaret Garber Miller Shellenberger, who died June 1, 1996 after 52 years of marriage.

For 34 years Shelley was the owner and operator of his own dairy farm along Colebrook Road in Mount Joy. As a teenager, he attended Erisman Mennonite Church, Manheim.

After he married Margaret, he became a member of the Mount Joy Mennonite Church and was active in leadership service at the church. At Mount Joy Mennonite Church, he was a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, Bible school superintendent, and chairman of the church board. Later, he became pastor of Mount Joy Mennonite Church and served a 400-member congregation for 21 years. As pastor, Shelley knew each congregation member by his or her first name. He also served on the Lancaster Mennonite School Board from 1962-1975.

His interests included: woodworking, gardening, cooking, shuffleboard, crokinole, and knitting caps on a loom for missions. Shelley had a life-long passion for his family, and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mildred, are four sons: Richard M., husband of Pam Givler Shellenberger, of Manheim; Donald M., husband of L. Ann Wert Shellenberger, of Lancaster; Henry M., husband of Joan Keller Shellenberger, of Telford; Harold M,. husband of Cindy Herr Shellenberger, of Mount Joy; a daughter: Eileen, wife of Donald Detweiler, of Bowmansville; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and a brother: W. Robert, husband of Ruth Shellenberger, of Lititz.

Preceding him in death is a granddaughter: Brittany Shellenberger; and a brother: C. Marlin Shellenberger, who died on Sept. 17, 2007.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Shelley’s celebration of life service at the Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, on Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. There will be a viewing at Landis Homes Retirement Community’s West Bethany Chapel, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, on Saturday, March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be no viewing on Sunday afternoon. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be private in Kraybill Mennonite Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Those desiring may send contributions in Shelley’s memory to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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