Shelby P. Garee
July 21, 1919 ‒ September 24, 2014
Center Village, Ohio
Shelby P. Garee, age 95 of Center Village, died Wednesday morning September 24, 2014 at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus.
He was born on July 21, 1919 near Sunbury to the late Albert and Ethel (McElwee) Garee and was lifelong Harlem Township resident. He was a member of the Center Village Church of Christ, Harlem Boys Club and the Honorary President of the Liar’s Table at Fracasso’s Village Pizza.
In his early years Shelby worked at Curtis Wright and North American Aviation as a Tool and Die Maker, he then became a school bus driver for Harlem Schools and Big Walnut Schools for 30 years and in his words he hauled em on the school bus. Shelby’s passion in life was farming and he loved working with the soil, milking cows, planting the seeds and watching them grow to produce a crop. He farmed with horses up until 1950 and then went to tractors to till the earth.
Shelby is known far and wide in Harlem Township and is fondly remembered by his second family, the one’s he hauled on the bus, and all of his friends in Harlem Township. Harlem Township has lost a great man and he will be missed by many.
He is survived by daughter: Linda Sue Skinner of Center Village; sons: Stephen of Sunbury, Greg (Nadine) of Galena; grandchildren: Will of Delaware, Jason (Stephanie) of Westerville; great granddaughter: Evelyn.
Preceded in death by his wife Esther M. (Mitchell) Garee on March 4, 2006; brothers and sisters-in-law: Paul and Betty, Keith and Harriett, William and Betty Jean.
Friends may call Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. with Pastor Bud Leskovac officiating. Interment will follow in the Fancher Cemetery,
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jackson Farms Relay for Life (checks to American Cancer Society) 2341 S State Route 605, Galena, Ohio 43021.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.