Sydney Duaine Shell, son of Melvin Orlando Shell and Lela Marie (Misner) Shell was born April 9, 1937 in Riverton, Iowa and passed from this life Friday, November 8, 2013 at his home in Murray, Iowa at 76 years of age.
Syd grew up in the Van Wert area. He was a farmer and raised livestock, enjoying the outdoors and working with cattle. He was one of the original members of the Clarke County Cattlemen and received a lifetime membership award. He moved to the Murray area over 45 years ago and was very active in the community. He was a past member of the Murray Development Corporation, the Murray Betterment and was active in helping bring the casino to the area. He served as a school board member for Murray Schools and board member of Farm Service Corporation.
July 2, 1994, Syd was united in marriage to Deloma Belle (Sampson) Decker in Murray. Together they operated Deloma’s Cafe in Murray and a Bed and Breakfast in their home near Lorimor. Syd was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his large family with his many grandkids and great grandkids. Before retirement Syd worked for Cramer and Associates in Des Moines, after retirement he remained busy and enjoyed helping his grandson Ryan by running errands for Ryan’s lawn care business and finding time to enjoy his hobby of woodworking. When the convenience store in Murray closed over two years ago, Syd opened up his garage to the local coffee drinkers. He took great pride in the fact that over 20 coffee drinkers were able to continue their morning coffee drinking and socializing.
Those relatives who preceded Syd in death were his parents, Melvin and Lela Shell; sister, Betty Farris, brother-in-law, Neil Farris, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Duane and Vera Sampson, brother-in-law, Bernie DeVries.
Syd leaves to cherish his memory, wife Deloma Shell of Murray; daughter, Cindy (Ron) Flaherty of New Virginia, Iowa; son, Tim (Terri) Shell of Norwalk, Iowa; daughter, Janet (Dean) Robins of Murray, Iowa; daughter, Melody Shell of Morrison, Colorado, son, David (Gidget) Decker of Adair, Iowa; son, Jim Dean (Karen) Decker of Lorimor, Iowa; daughter, Michelle (Rick) Williams of Woodburn, Iowa; sister, Carol (Jon) Hall of Eagan, Minnesota; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, as well as other relatives and many friends.