Gordon Raymond Shelley

December 05, 1941 ‒ January 21, 2019

Bellville, Ohio

Gordon Raymond Shelley passed away Monday, January 21, 2019. He was 77.

Although no public service will be held in Gordon’s memory, his family hopes that you will remember him in your own special way.

Contributions in Gordon’s memory can be made online directly to Richland County Humane Society.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Gordon’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Gordon was my dear friend, a father figure and someone close to my heart. I loved him dearly. Will never forget his kindness and his tender heart.

    • Betsy, dear Betsy….Gordon so loved you and was always there to help you through so many rough times. I know, even before his passing, you realized what a ‘strength’ he was for our entire family. Let’s keep his memory alive with all being strong and keep our focus on life’s continuing unfolding events. Love, Mom

  • Thinking of you and your family at this most difficult time! Lean on your family and friends for support and strength to get through this most heartbreaking loss🙏 Praying for your strength and always here to help you if you need us 😔

  • Gordon was my friend. We shared the love of cars and attended car shows together. Gordon was all ways there for you when you needed help. He will be missed.

    • Bill, thank you for your kind words and all that you have done to help me through this transition to be without my ‘partner in life’. I appreciate your strength to help Betsy and me as we follow this ‘unknown’ path we are on

  • Gordon was one of my fathers closest friends and we had taken aliken to each other around the age of 15 for me. Although I had only seen Gordon a few times in person throughout his life, we spoke for hours over the phone every few weeks. Gordin quickly become one of my best mentors throughout my childhood and now early adulthood. Gordon provided me with endless guidance, wisdom, and laughter. I will cherish his ideals in life and the lasting advice he has provided me with has undoubtedly made me a better person.

    • Anthony, how can I find the words to express the sorrow at the loss of my Life’s Companion and your ‘best bud’! He was so very proud of your accomplishments and never once thought you would do nothing but succeed in everything you aspired to. Will keep your dad informed of plans for a service at the car show end of July

  • Glad we exchanged many ideas, Gordy; great conversationalist and good friend you always were. Gordy, sorry to see you go and you will be sorely missed by me and others; see you on the other side. Goodbye, Gordy.

    • Lee, Gordon so enjoyed your conversations about current events and beyond. Needless to say….he was never one to ‘mince’ words. He will be sorely missed by all

  • Sandy…please know I am thinking of you and praying for you during this difficult time.
    Linda Cummins

    • Linda, thank you for your kind words of sympathy. Losing someone you love is never easy and being so sudden makes it even harder.

  • My deepest condolences for your loss. Gordon was quite the character and I always liked listening to him and dad go back and forth. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

    • Susan, thank you for your kind condolences. I know you are still grieving as losing a loved one is never easy.

  • Sandy,

    My deepest and sincerest condolences.. My heart just aches for you and your family.. My thoughts are with you….

    Phyllis Breitman

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Phyllis. Gordon was my inspiration to get involved in animal rescue. Our 2 dogs, blind and deaf, need me to be there for him as they miss him so much

    • Thank you for your kind words, Sybil. The family would really like to dedicate the Malabar Car Show in July to Gordon since it was his original idea to have a car show there. He was the one that suggested it to Vic. The family is thinking about have a ‘wake’ at house after the same to honor Gordon

    • Thank you Ellen, as well as the beautiful attachment in your sympathy card. I may read it at his memorial service in July

  • Sandy, Betsy, Steve
    I’m so very sorry to hear this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Big hugs and lots of love to you all.
    Jodi and Billy

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I am the receptionist at L.A. Hair, and I enjoyed my conversations with Gordon every time he came in. It’s been an honor knowing him.

    • Thank you, Toni. I’m sure many of you folks got a ‘kick’ out of Gordon’s comments. He was never at a loss for words!

  • I worked with Gordon for some time I hadn’t seen him in years and he recently stopped by to say hello. It was lovely to see him again.
    I’m terribly sorry for your loss and hope you can find peace in the days to come

    • Thank you Erin. We are planning a memorial car show in Gordon’s honor at Malabar Farm show the last Sunday of July. You are certainly invited to come as a remembrance of Gordon.

  • Sandy,
    I am so sad to hear of Gordon”s passing. I am so sad for what you are feeling right now. The Lord God has given you many promises in His Word. Let your soul be still in the Lord and listen for His quiet voice. Gordon is in the Hands of the Lord, as are you. He will send you His Love and Comfort. Seek Him and He will find you.
    Your Dear Friend,
    Hope we can talk soon.

  • Dear Sandy,
    I am saddened to hear of the loss of your husband. I never knew him, but to be married to such a wonderfully kind, caring and compassionate person as you, he must have been a very special man.You are very much in my thoughts and prayers.
    Patsy Kelley Epp

    • Dear Patsy….I will try to keep the ‘light burning’ on the home front as we have 1 blind and deaf dog and 1 deaf dog which Gordon cared for so much. My good friends, like you are sustaining me through these trying time. I know you can relate!

  • Dear Sandy,
    Rod and I certainly want to say to you that we are so sorry for your loss. We also know, however, that the Lord promises us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Please take comfort in His word at this time of your life.

    In His Love and ours,
    Verna and Rod

    • Thank you, dear Verna and Rod. My friends and family are what sustains me now. We are going to have a memorial at the Malabar Car Show end of July for Gordon. Please come!

  • Sandy,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Although I didn’t know your husband, I’m certain he was a very special person to have been married to you.
    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

    • Thank you for your kind words, Rick. So very sudden. I am finding solace in my family and friends like you. Will look forward to our next luncheon reunion and hope to see you there

  • I came to know Gordon through the car shows over the past few years. I will miss his cantankerous nature. We harassed each other in a very friendly manner. He shared many stories of his “car” life. Car shows will be missing a good person. Deepest sympathies for you loss.

    • Nick…thank you for your kind words. As a tribute to Gordon, we are trying to dedicate the Malabar Car Show to him at the end of July as which time a Memorial Service will be in his honor.

  • I met Gordon in 2000 during orientation at Home Depot. He was a gruff, sharp witted, no nonsense straight-talker. We hit it off almost immediately. He was a good friend during our time there and for years after.
    Sandra, I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Sandy,
    I am so very saddened to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Kind regards,

  • Dear Sandy,
    This is so hard to write. Larry and I have thought about you and Gordon so much since you called to tell us about Gordon’s passing. Larry said that to him Gordon was one of the most interesting people he had ever met. Gordon was a self-made man and Larry always enjoyed and believed all the great adventures Gordon talked about. We remember a special day at Franklin Park with the two you. Also, the time we took Gordon to a restaurant for a Cuban sandwich. It was dreadful and he let us know it time and again! Our only regret is not getting together more often. Know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, Sandy, and will see you soon. The July car show seems like a perfect tribute. Love, Sally and Larry

    • Sally and Larry…how/where do I thank you for your kind words of tribute? Gordon was truly, a ‘one in a kind of guy’! Never one to ‘mince words’! That is why I appreciated him (most of the time)! You knew you were always getting the truth about how he felt! I miss his strength and hope I am able to carry on the ‘torch’! Love you guys!

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss and my love and prayers are with you. You are constantly in my thoughts
    Hugs and love

    • Sally and Larry…how/where do I thank you for your kind words of tribute? Gordon was truly, a ‘one in a kind of guy’! Never one to ‘mince words’! That is why I appreciated him (most of the time)! You knew you were always getting the truth about how he felt! I miss his strength and hope I am able to carry on the ‘torch’! Love you guys!