Robert W. Shelley 82, of Memphis died Friday, December 21, 2018 at the University Hospital in Columbia, MO, as the result of a farm accident.
He was born the son of Emil G. and Opal E. (Miller) Shelley on September 17, 1936 in Kirksville, MO. Robert graduated from Scotland County High School in 1954. He went on to attend Gem City College in Quincy, IL, and became a bookkeeper for Gem City Ford from 1954 to 1955. It was in college at a roller skating party that he met the love of his life, Judith Curfman and they married June 30, 1955.
Later, he and Judith went to Chicago, IL, and he worked for TWA airlines. But the love of the family farm called him back to Memphis to help his dad. Robert and Judith started raising four daughters, Marlean, Robin, Emily, and Tiffany. In 1970, he learned to fly an airplane and later received his pilot’s license. Robert loved to fly his airplane and tell everyone that he would give them an airplane ride. He loved to farm, fly, fish, play pool, and spend time with his family.
In 1990, Emily and her husband, Brian, came back to Memphis to help her dad on the farm. He enjoyed working together with her and Brian. Robert and Judith spent the winter months in Alamo, TX.
He is preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, father-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and two cousins.
Survivors include his wife, Judith; daughters, Marlean Smith of Gloucester, MA, Robin Phillips of Kirksville, Emily (Brian) Consbrock, Memphis, and Tiffany Shelley, Chandler, AZ; grandchildren Eric Smith of Gloucester, MA, Jeremy (Lou) Phillips of Aurora, CO, Christopher (Lee) Phillips of Castlerock, CO, Rebecca (Brandon) Dorman of Columbia, MO, and Chad (Staci) Consbrock of Pella, IA; great-grandchildren Carter Smith of Gloucester, MA, Samuel and Bella Phillips of Aurora, CO, Riley Phillips of Kirksville, and Baby Consbrock of Pella, IA due in April, 2019; and a special friend of the family, Mark Kutzner, Colorado Springs, CO.
Cremation rites were accorded and a celebration of life in Robert’s honor will be planned at a later date.