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Jerry Thomas Shell

31 March, 193830 July, 2020

Jerry T. Shell, 82, of Waynesville, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born March 31, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio.

Jerry retired from General Motors after over 40 years of service. He was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. There he served as a deacon, volunteer bus driver, a member of the missions committee and was a part of intergenerational mission trips. Jerry was a volunteer and house leader for Habitat for Humanity in Dayton. He was a an Eagle Scout and served as a scout leader for several years. In later years, he continued to assist with the wreath fundraiser. Jerry was a hands-on type of person and he enjoyed working on and fixing things up. He was an avid Pickleball player and loved fishing trips. Jerry enjoyed gathering with family and friends, which included many game nights.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Donna Shell; children, Michael (Amy) Shell, Scott (Beth) Shell, Elizabeth (John) Shugart, and Breanna Shell (Matt Christiansen); grandchildren, Edith, Thomas, Bonnie Shugart, Henry and Theodore Shell; sister, Janiece Aldridge; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Shell; mother and step-father, Mary Getter (Leonard) Welke; sister, Joyce McEldowney.

A private graveside will be held at Ellerton Cemetery and a memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity Dayton or Westminster Presbyterian Church. Services are entrusted to GEBHART-SCHMIDT-PARRAMORE Funeral Home, Miamisburg. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com


  • A memorial service will be announced at a later date


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Jacob Hall

13 August 2020

I met Jerry probably 20 years ago on a Habitat build site, and year after year we gathered and worked on homes. Jerry was not just a leader but also I saw him as a mentor as I got more involved with Habitat. I loved his spirit and energy. Even though he was basically twice as old as me, I considered Jerry as a friend. The pandemic has kept me away from our build so far this year, and going back knowing Jerry has departed us here on Earth will be different. But his memory will be with us as we work and we will know his spirit is guiding us.

Susan Wehmeyer

2 August 2020

Many of my favorite childhood memories are of Shell family reunions at Aunt Mary and Uncle Leonard's place. We were all so lucky to be part of such a wonderful and loving extended family. I will never forget Jerry introducing his beautiful and radiant Donna as his bride-to-be at the annual picnic. My most heartfelt condolences to all of you.

Donna Phillabaum

2 August 2020

My deepest sympathy to you Donna and all of Jerry's family and friends.
I only knew Jerry in our grade school years at Jefferson as my family moved away and I graduated elsewhere but I've always held dear my classmates from Jefferson above all others. So many of us stayed in touch over the years and it is hard to let go of old time friends. My husband Jerry and I did get to see and talk to Jerry and the others at one of our Jefferson reunions which was so enjoyable to be able to do that. May he rest in peace and I am so sorry for your loss.

Nancy Bernheisel

2 August 2020

My sympathy to all who knew and loved Jerry! Especially his sister Janiece who I always thought so much of.

Andrew Bell

2 August 2020

Jerry will be greatly missed, but his memory lives on with his wonderful family. Donna, Mike, Scott, Beth, and Bre we love you all and will continue to pray for peace.

Jerry served as the patriarch of our extended family over the last 30 years. He absolutely stepped into the gap during the early 90s when we lost Grandpa Welke and Grandpa Aldridge. I can speak for Josh, Leah, and I when I say Jerry was like a grandparent to us. He set an example to all of us, how to live, love people, and have a good time. Many great childhood memories took place in their home and Jerry and Donna’s constant hospitality never went unnoticed.

Jerry thank you and we love you!

Hank Baust

1 August 2020

To the family of Jerry Shell,

I was involved with Jerry for many years through Catch the Building Spirit a group that works with Habitat for Humanity.
When every I was at a house build I would always try to work with Jerry. He was a great teacher and I appreciated his calm, patient approach to each task.

He will really be miss.

Hank Baust

Robert Duplain

1 August 2020

To The Family of Jerry Shell:

It is difficult to put into words the feelings that I have for Jerry. I got to know Jerry through Habitat for Humanity over the past ten years. Several of those years Jerry and I were House Leaders on Thursday. Jerry and I were both morning people and would get to the site early before volunteers would show up. It was a good chance to talk about personal items and discuss upcoming day's activities. I learned so much about construction from Jerry that I started to feel confident in doing more jobs in my own house and helping others. But most important we talked about our families. Jerry was so proud of his family. My memory is not good enough to share stories, but his words and mannerisms left no doubt that family meant everything to him. He will be missed tremendously by your family and his friends.

Bob Duplain


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