Bob Shellhammer

04/05/1945 –


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  • Funeral Service
Date: 01/28/2020
Time: 2:00 pm
 – 3:00 pm
  • Cremation Service
Date: 01/28/2020
Time: 3:00 pm
 – 4:00 pm


Bob Shellhammer passed away on January 23, 2020. We will celebrate his life of 74 years at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.

Graveside service will be done at Roselawn Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois, on Friday, January 31, at 1:30 PM.

Bob Shellhammer was born on April 5, 1945, to Henry and Emma Shellhammer in Springfield, Illinois. Robert married Gloria Jean Henson on May 6, 1967, at Central Baptist Church, in Springfield, Illinois.

Survivors include his daughter, Karyn (Martin) Wells; two sons, Stephen (Keri) Shellhammer, and Joshua Shellhammer; five grandchildren, Zachary Wells, Alexander Wells, Olivia Shellhammer, Carizma Vaquera, Tereza (Cris Larrazolo) Soto, and Kira James; five great-grandchildren, Ayiiia and Toval Larrazolo; Kaiiden and Kinslee James; and Arianna West; sister, Donna Roderick.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Allen and Emma Shellhammer; wife, Gloria Jean Shellhammer; daughter, Kimberly Shellhammer; and son, David Shellhammer.

Bob Shellhammer never knew a stranger as those closest in his life can testify. His easy-going nature, genuine smile, and ability to weave a yarn (bs) made those around him feel at home with him. His love for God, his family and friends, and the Dallas Cowboys were what he was known for. Retired heavy equipment mechanic after 40 plus years, Ford lover, and old Country music lover.

He will be missed by many, but he is happily reunited with his wife of 45 years. Your suffering is over Dad. We love you and will miss you more than words could ever express.


11 thoughts on “Bob Shellhammer”

  1. Bob was the most easy going gentlest of souls. He also loved his books and telling stories. Sometimes multiple times. Lol
    I’m very grateful for the drop in visits that were intended to be just a few minutes, but would last a few hours long. Always had coffee or made a fresh pot for him.
    I never felt awkward to tell Bob I loved him when saying good bye in person or on the phone. He was a hard one not to love. Josh, I was ever so happy to go down and take the time to help with cleaning, sorting and organizing things after your mom passed. It was an overwhelming time for you both and am glad i helped relieve some of the stress for you guys.
    He is a great man who will truly be missed. Our hearts are saddened at this loss and many thoughts and prayers go out to all you kids.
    Lots of love sent your way,
    Ken & Christine White

  2. To the family of Bob Shellhammer,

    I did not know Bob very well but the few times I had the privilege of visiting with him, I throughly enjoyed it. He had such an “larger than life” personality and pulled no punches. lol He spoke his mind, was funny and I loved it. I know you will miss him greatly. I’m so glad he moved to Lubbock where he could be with family. I know you played a very important roll in his life (especially towards the end) and no doubt he loved you very much. Thank y’all for being a great example of what family is all about !

  3. Always had a great time whether it was golfing, drinking coffee or working on some Cat at a coal mine. We even got time for a game of paintball. Thanks for your friendship. Rest in peace I’ll miss you T B

  4. Russ & Sue Suter

    Bob was a good friend. Had coffee with him for years before we moved. Miss talking to him. So sorry for your loss.

  5. Sorry to learn of Bob’s passing, I knew Bob from school, his sister Donna was in my class. My deepest sympathies to the Shellhammer family.

  6. Dr Larry E. Sherwin

    Bob was a friend which I met at Lincoln Land Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois around 2011 and I always enjoyed talking with him every sunday
    before and after services. He was very knowledgeable on auto mechanics and interesting to visit with. Looking forward to visiting with him again with his wife in Heaven. Bob was a christian and firmly believed that salvation was by grace and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We both agreed that John 14 vs 6
    was a promise that we stood on. My sympathy to his family in the loss of their loved one.

    Dr Larry E. Sherwin

  7. Rex & Bonnie Kinzora

    Enjoyed the years working at the Village of Grandview for you, Great Boss, Good Friend who will be Sadly Missed . God Speed -R.I.P. Rex & Bonnie Kinzora

  8. So sorry for your loss! Alot of good memories over the years he was a great man he will be missed

  9. It was our privilege to be Bob and Gloria’s Pastor and friend for over 60 years. We will miss our dinners together , going to Pastor’s school, overall fellowship and friendship. I am thankful God gave Lola and I the privilege of showing them how to receive Christ as Saviour. We offer our sympathy to Steve, Karyn and Josh and the entire family during sad time. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you. Take peace in knowing you can see them again someday. (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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