Merle D. Shelley


Olean - “Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather”

Merle D. Shelley 76 of 128 East Henley St passed away Tuesday February 14, 2017 at his home following a lengthy illness. Born August 17, 1940 in Andover he was the son of Dalson and Margaret Keller Shelley. He first married Lucy Jean Nelson who preceded him in death on December 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 ten children; Merle (Becky) Shelley Jr. Bolivar, Dawn (Lisa) Shelley Olean, Edward (Melissa) Shelley Pennsylvania, Kimberly Card Olean, Tonja Bump Pennsylvania, Shawn ( Sarah) Shelley Bolivar, Thomas Shelley Olean, Charles Shelley South Carolina, Tabatha (Tiffany) Shelley of North Carolina and William Shelley South Carolina. Also surviving are; one stepdaughter Cheryl Gross South Carolina, many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, one 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 the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar.