October 5, 2013

Clifford R. Shell

Clifford R. Shell

NILES, Mich. — Clifford R. Shell, 89, Niles, Mich., passed away at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at his home, unexpectedly but of natural causes.

He was born April 5, 1924, in Lombard, Ill., to Raymond James and Theodosia (Matuszewski) Shell. He attended school in Chicago and came to Niles in 1943.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army in the European Theater. Clifford began his career with the New York Central Railroad, spending most of 34 years as a locomotive engineer and retired from Conrail.

He was a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Niles. He was also a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and of American Legion Post No. 51, Buchanan. He enjoyed golfing on area courses, fishing and farming. He and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States via the railroad and taking trips to the casino.

On June 22, 1946, at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Saint Joseph, Mich., he married the former Ruth Marguerite Stelter, with whom he celebrated last June the 67th anniversary of their wedding.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Shell; their children, Catherine (Bill) Cleary of Niles, Mich., Dr. James (Carolyn) Shell of Logansport, Ruthann Shell of Niles, Mich. and Betty Kalmar of Buchanan, Mich.; grandchildren, William "Ted" (Caryn) Fisher, Timothy Wayne Fisher, Kevin James (Angel) Shell, Sarah Ann (Todd) Cravens and Steven Gary Kalmar; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Breanna, Nolan, Micah and Aurora; Clifford's brother, Leonard Theodore (Dean) Shell of Niles, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service for Clifford Shell will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Niles, Mich., with the Rev. Carl W. Bassett of the church officiating. Interment will follow at Mission Hills and will conclude with full military honors by American Legion Post No. 51.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles, Mich.

Contributions in memory of Clifford may be made to Saint Paul's Lutheran Church.

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