Orville Clifford Shelder
Died July 30, 2004
INTERLOCHEN - Orville Clifford Shelder, 74, of Interlochen, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2004, at Munson Medical Center. He was born in Muskegon to Bert and Maude (Buck) Shelder on Aug. 27, 1929. He married the love of his life, Evelyn D. Rhodes of Bendon, on Oct. 28, 1950.
Orville was employed by Setwell Company of Traverse City for 20 years, by Long Lake School and Traverse City West Junior High School, from which he retired in 1993. He will be remembered fondly by the kids at school as the "ice cream man."
In 1947, at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army, where he served his country in Korea, as well as in Japan, for three years. In 1954, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Le Jeune in North Carolina. He was a charter member of the Bendon Eagles #3503 and the Marine Corps League Yagle Brothers Detachment #165. He was also a member of the Interlochen VFW Post #7493.
Orville enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed attending baseball games with family and friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and as "the big strong man with the big strong hands." He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; three sons, Clifford (Sharon) Shelder, Donald (Tina) Shelder and Thomas (Valeda) Shelder; nine grandchildren, Christy (Scott) McLemore, Christopher, Lillian, Thomas, Rachael, Ashley, Sarah, Michael and Olivia; one great-grandchild, Madylin McLemore; two brothers, Lloyd Shelder of Interlochen and Frank (Edna) Shelder of Honor; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Orville was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Gage of Muskegon; and a brother, James Albert Shelder.
The family wishes to thank everyone who dedicated their time to Dad's wonderful care with a special thank you to: Munson Medical Center staff, the kidney dialysis family, the Tendercare family, Munson Home Health and the BATA bus health care drivers. The family would also like to thank everyone for their many thoughts and prayers. The family will be receiving friends on Monday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at the funeral home, with Pastor Tom Shelder and Pastor Daniel Biteeman officiating. Interment will be in Inland Township Cemetery, Interlochen. Memorial contributions may be considered to the American Diabetes Association, the American Kidney Fund or to a charity of one's choice.