Harry R. Shelley, 87, of Madison, Indiana, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at the Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover, Indiana.
He was born Dec. 9, 1932, in Sparta, Kentucky, to Jesse James and Jennie B. Robinson Shelley. He moved to the Canaan, Indiana, community at age three and attended the old Central High School on Rykers Ridge. He first married Carol Smith in 1951 and they had two sons. He then married Marsena Campbell and they had a son and three daughters. He later married Leanna Laura Wheate on July 6, 1968, in Madison.
He worked at Rexnord in Madison as a machine operator for seven years then worked as a machine operator for Square D in Clearwater, Florida, for nine years. He worked in the maintenance department at Clifty Convalescent Center for nine years and then worked for the City of Madison Parks Department at the golf course for seven years. He also worked through the Green Thumb program at King’s Daughters’ Hospital for several years and was a member of North Madison Baptist Church and the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765. He enjoyed woodworking and making his projects.
Survivors include his sons, Dale Shelley of Chesapeake, Virginia, Joseph Shelley of Reno, Nevada and Nelson Scott Shelley of Madison; his daughters, Zelpha Jenkins of Clarksville, Indiana, Kathy Owens of Deputy, Indiana and Tammie Shelley of New Albany, Indiana; a brother, Ralph Shelley of Madison; his sister, Grace Lee of Canaan; and 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 52 years, Leanna Shelley, on Sept. 17, 2020; and two brothers, Carroll Thomas “Tommy” Shelley and James W. “Buster” Shelley.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison.
Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Madison Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, remembrances and memorials, www.morgan-nay.com.