ADA — Virgil O. “Shelly” Shellenbarger, age 96, died on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 9:33 a.m. at Vancrest of Ada.

He was born on December 3, 1921 in Continental, Ohio, to the late Lewis and Martha (Shafer) Shellenbarger. On September 20, 1946 Shelly married Ruthella E. Rettig and she preceded him in death on January 18, 2009. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during WWII from September 25, 1942 to February 17, 1946 in the South Pacific. Shelly and his wife Ruth were charter members of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kenton. He was also an avid golfer.

He is survived by two sons: Eric (Carolyn) Shellenbarger of Lima and Keith Shellenbarger of Columbus; a daughter, Linda Shellenbarger of Ada; six grandchildren: Rebecca (Timothy) Baumgartner, Rachel (Philip) Noonan, Daniel Shellenbarger, Lydia Shellenbarger, Jennifer (Peter) Harnish, and Joseph Shellenbarger; and three great grandchildren: Rose, Abigail, and Sophia; and a brother: William Shellenbarger of Perrysburg.

Shelly was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Cheryl Shellenbarger; three brothers: Wilbur, Roland, and Phillip Shellenbarger; and a sister: Margery Marquart.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church at 40 Washington Blvd, Kenton, Ohio 43326 with Pastor Kenneth Engdahl officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada with graveside military rites conducted by the Ada VFW Post #9381 Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Condolences can be expressed at

Arrangements are by Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada.