In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation and left at the funeral home.
Edsel LaVere Shellhorn, age 88, left this world to be with his beloved wife, Ethel, on September 29, 2014. He was born on January 22, 1926, near Jerico Springs, Mo., to Jesse C. and Maggie (Hicks) Shellhorn, the eighth of nine children. He passed away at the Cedar County Memorial Hospital in El Dorado Springs, Mo., following a massive stroke.
Edsel attended Barnes School in Cedar County, Mo. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at the age of 18 in 1944 and served as a machine gun operator in the European Theater during World War II, going in as a replacement after the Battle of the Bulge. Among his awards and decorations are the Combat Infantry Badge Sharpshooter and Bronze Star medal. He was deservedly proud of his service to his country, and one of the highlights of his life was participating in the Ozarks Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with his son in 2011.
Edsel married Ethel Wolf on March 5, 1949, near Greenfield, Mo. They were married for 63 years until her death in 2012. To this union were born three children: Marilyn, Saundra, and Larry. Edsel was a farmer at heart and enjoyed working on their farm near Olympia, Mo. In addition to farming, Edsel worked at Witt Printing Company in El Dorado Springs, retiring as the production manager in 1987. Never being one to sit idle, following his retirement from Witt Printing he drove used cars for Woody Motors in El Dorado Springs until his health no longer permitted it.
Edsel was saved and baptized at the age of 71 and was a member of Fairview Community Church, Osiris, Mo., at the time of his death. After he and Ethel sold the farm and moved to El Dorado Springs, they attended Union Hall Baptist Church. Edsel was a member of the Jerico Springs Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star in El Dorado Springs.
Edsel was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and siblings Lester Shellhorn, Edith McBride, Preston Shellhorn, Jesse C. Shellhorn, Mary Maxine Shellhorn, and Evelyn Plain. He is survived by his children: Marilyn and Denny Dennis (Springfield, Mo.), Saundra Bobbett and Chris Tabor (Lee's Summit, Mo.), and Larry and Kathy Shellhorn (Stockton, Mo.); four grandchildren: Scott and Jayme Shellhorn (Lebanon, Mo.), Emily and Sam Mathews (Ozark, Mo.), Katie and Jared Green (Ozark, Mo.), and Aaron Dennis (Springfield, Mo.); five great-grandchildren: Blake Shellhorn and Rylee Shellhorn (Lebanon, Mo.) and Scotty Mathews, Owen Mathews, and Leah Mathews (Ozark, Mo.); his sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Lewis Wolf (Jerico Springs, Mo.), sister, Gladys Schmitt (Bethany, Mo.); many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a host of lifelong friends.
Edsel loved pheasant hunting in South Dakota, listening to bluegrass music, woodworking, and visiting with friends. But, most of all, he loved his family. He saw to it that his children attended college, an opportunity that he did not have, so they could have successful careers. He relished each and every accomplishment of his children and grandchildren and adored his great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, El Dorado Springs, with the Rev. Elbert Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Scott Shellhorn, Sam Mathews, Jared Green, Aaron Dennis, Denny Dennis, and Tim Mark.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Elbert and Sue Ford and Kyndyl Tuck for their faithful friendship; to the caregivers of Cedar County Memorial Home Health Services for their devoted service allowing Edsel to remain in his home until his final days; and to the employees of Cedar County Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care for him and his family during the last week of his life.