Thomas Marcus Shellshear Jr.

July 12, 1940October 29, 2018

Colonel Thomas (Tom) M. Shellshear Jr., 78, of Spring, Texas, passed away on October 29th, 2018.

Tom is survived by his wife, Rosemarie Shellshear of Spring, Texas; his children Marc Shellshear of Longwood, Florida and Cindy Scobee of New Braunfels, Texas; and his six grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Doris Shellshear of Ivanhoe, Texas.

Tom was born in Bunkie, Louisiana on July 12, 1940, to Tom and Doris Shellshear. He attended the University of Texas, South Texas University and the Air Command and Staff College. Tom’s journey in the military started in 1962 as an airman where he served as an Administrative Specialist. He had a stellar 33-year career in the military as he progressed from an entry level enlisted serviceman to a colonel serving as the Base Commander at Ellington Air Force Base. He oversaw the day to day operations of the base ensuring compliance with all military standards. He had the privilege of greeting U.S. presidents and numerous heads of state and dignitaries from other countries. He also served as Chief of Personnel, Chief of Administration, and president of the National Guard Association of Texas – a 40,000-member organization. Tom was ranked in the top 5% of the nation by the National Guard Bureau as a military commander. He and Rosemarie were married on October 25th, 1980, and recently celebrated 38 years of marriage. He is remembered by friends and family as a man who led and served others, who loved Jesus and others well, and who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.

In addition to his career in the military, Tom was active at Grace Church. He was in charge of coordinating the usher ministry, formulating the security team, and after his retirement from the military he served as Director of Facility Development, overseeing the construction and development of both the Woodlands and Houston campuses. Tom enjoyed hunting, water sports, working in the yard, going to movies and restaurants, and cooking for his family.

A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Friday, November 16th, 2018, at 10:00 am at Grace Woodlands Church located at 24400 Interstate Hwy 45, The Woodlands, Texas. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Tom’s life. Flowers may be sent to Grace Woodlands Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Star of Hope Mission or the American Bible Society.


  • Memorial Service Friday, November 16, 2018

Thomas Marcus Shellshear Jr.

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Jamie Tovar

November 16, 2018

Tovar family sending condolences and all our prayers.

Debra Bert

November 9, 2018

I was just a baby in a sense when I joined the 147th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in 1987, Chief Franklin R. Baker was in man in charge under the great direction of Col Shellshear from what I can remember, at that time Col Shellshear would come to the hangar for a visit which is where I first had the opportunity to meet one of the kindest, gentlest, and funniest commanders whose rank and command showed he was just like the next guy, he was down to earth and treated me like I was more than an airman in uniform, he treated me like a real person and made me feel at ease talking to him, whether at the headquarters building, the hangar, or our chow hall for lunch. Col Shellshear will always have my greatest regard and respect, he was a truly great man and officer, In my opinion he cared about his people and the moral of our unit that made him a one of a kind leader. Rest in peace Col Shellshear.

John Fajnor

November 6, 2018

Rosemarie, When Cindy let us know last week that Tom went to be with the Lord it was a sad moment. But I sat back remembering that smile that Tom always seemed to have and it was always truly heart felt. We always enjoyed the time we got to spend with both of you when you visited New Jersey to see Cindy, Ward and the girls. May God bless you during this time and guide you with the awesome memories we were all able to share with both Tom and yourself.

With all our love, John & Adriane Fajnor

Jerry Johnson

November 2, 2018

I will never forget the day I enlisted into the Texas Air National Guard at Ellington. Being prior service at Ellington, I knew most of the Guard personnel, especially Major Tom Shellshear. I felt like a new basic trainee, when I stood before him to take my oath of enlistment. With a gruff voice and a stern look upon his Facebook, he administered the oath to me. Then, with a big smile on his face and, he looked at me and said" Gotcha!" I knew he was a commander I could follow. As years passed, we became close friends and brothers in Christ. I will miss him greatly. Until we meet in Heaven. From another retired Chief.

Judy Garth

November 1, 2018

I thank God for the precious memories I have of Tom and Rosemarie during my years at Agape Church! What a faithful servant of God Tom was! My life was blessed just to have known such a wonderful man!

Jane Harrison

November 1, 2018

We had many occasions to work with Tom. He was a great help and always joyful! He will be missed.❤️🙏

Oren McClure

November 1, 2018

What a loss of a great friend and leader. TOM AND I first met in Feb 1968. I was the new guy just arriving to the unit from the Colorado ANG. I think TOM a TSgt and I a SSgt. It was a friendship from the very beginning, both the same age, both with young children, and amazingly had the same breed of dogs (toy fox terriors). We had great times with many family events over the years. TOM chose a career track to become an Officer and did very well and I was proud to serve under his leadership. Have many fond memories over the years. God's blessings to you and your loving family, Love you brother. A memory from an Old Chief. We made a difference.

Theresa Billeck-Zuniga

October 30, 2018

The National Guard Association of Texas NGAT) is saddened to learn of the passing of Col (Ret) Shellshear. He served as NGAT President from Mar of 1994 to Mar of 1995 and served many years on the Board of Directors prior to that. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many fellow Guardsmen with whom he served with. May he Rest in Peace.

Larry Arnold

October 30, 2018

Tom and I worked very closely together during the two years I was at the 147th. He and Rosemarie were wonderful friends and I always sought Tom’s advice and guidance. For some reason I was thinking about Tom yesterday when I was faced with a problem and then I received this notification that he had passed away. I have to smile when I think about how Tom was able to have full grown hedges put along the walkway from the operations building to the ramp in just a few day when Bush 41 was just elected President and coming to Ellington. He knew how to get things done! He will be missed. Larry Arnold

Mark Peters

October 30, 2018

I served many years with him. He was a good soldier.