Merle D. Shelley
OLEAN - Merle D. Shelley, 76, of 128 E. Henley St., passed away Tuesday (Feb. 14, 2017) at his home following a lengthy illness. Born on Aug. 17, 1940, in Andover, he was a son of Dalson and Margaret Keller Shelley. He first married Lucy Jean Nelson, who preceded him in death Dec. 19, 1976. He later married Cathy Carmen, who survives. Merle was employed by the former Macler Industries Inc., Friendship, and later by McHome Industries in Salamanca. He enjoyed camping, racing and working on vehicles. Surviving in addition to his wife are 10 children, Merle (Becky) Shelley Jr. of Bolivar, Dawn (Lisa) Shelley of Olean, Edward (Melissa) Shelley of Pennsylvania, Kimberly Card of Olean, Tonja Bump of Pennsylvania, Shawn (Sarah) Shelley of Bolivar, Thomas Shelley of Olean, Charles Shelley of South Carolina, Tabatha (Tiffany) Shelley of North Carolina and William Shelley of South Carolina; a stepdaughter, Cheryl Gross of South Carolina; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Eloise Bates; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Shelley; and a sister, Ella Mae Conklin. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Clara (Pa.) Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar.
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