Jack Martin Shelby was born January 5, 1939 in Artesia, California to Spencer and Bonnie (Creek) Shelby. He passed way August 9, 2020 in Clinton, MO.
Although he was born in California, a short 9 months after his birth his parents would return to Missouri where he would learn to hunt and fish with the best of them in Osceola, MO. In 1957 he married his high school sweetheart Jean Carol Elliott, a union that would last 63 years and produced two sons, Rory and Martin.
Jack pursued careers and hobbies across a wide spectrum that could take pages, from over the road trucking to boat sales to establishing his own prepaid legal business; from fishing to golf to learning to fly to teaching himself to play guitar. He pursued his interests with passion and enthusiasm, and his life journey brought him into contact with many people whom he invariably touched with his charm and wit, all the way to the nurses taking care of him as the final chapter of life drew to a close. He had that magic touch with people.
He is survived by his wife Jean Carol; his sons, Rory and wife Joyce and Martin; two grandchildren, Audra Shelby and Dr. Andrew Shelby; 2 brothers, Joe and wife Barbara and Jerry and wife Connie; 1 sister, Janelle Nelson and many much loved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews.
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Terry E Erwine saysAugust 12, 2020 at 6:34 am
I am saddened to hear of your loss. Jack was one of a kind. Please accept my condolences, and I pray that the peace that surpasses all understanding may envelop you and your family.
Sharon Manley saysAugust 12, 2020 at 7:43 am
Carol so sorry to hear about Jack. Prayers for the family!
Mike Wilson saysAugust 12, 2020 at 7:54 am
Prayers for you and your family.
Mike and Krista Wilson
Gladys Kottwitz Smith saysAugust 12, 2020 at 9:48 am
I am so sorry to hear about Jack. Seems I have known him most all my life. First was at our family golf course and then the restaurant. He was cared about by so many people. Prayers and hugs to all of you.
Suzie Wheeler saysAugust 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Carol & entire family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers, love and prayers for you
Vicky Raymond saysAugust 12, 2020 at 2:27 pm
So very sorry for you loss. Prayers and thoughts to your family. I will forever remember Jack explaining to me what the “yellow” light meant in a stop light. Such a character.
Jim & Judy Carnahan. Osceola,, Mo. saysAugust 13, 2020 at 3:15 am
Jim & I were sorry to learn of Jack’s passing.
We enjoyed getting to know him and you a few years ago, when you both came to our home to practice for the annual Paddy Pig dinner at the Vista Methodist Church.
Linda Jackson saysAugust 14, 2020 at 7:32 am
You have my deepest sympathy. No matter how they leave us, it is never easy. Jack was certainly one of a kind and left a lasting impression on each life he touched. Prayers to you all.
Bruce and BJ (Stomp) Sterling saysAugust 31, 2020 at 11:54 am
Thinking of your family during this time. Prayers lifted.
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