SMETHPORT - Edward William Shelander, 87, of Smethport, died Tuesday (Jan. 27, 2015) in the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, N.C., while vacationing at his daughter's home in Fayetteville.
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He was born July 16, 1927, in Kane, a son of John August and Sophia Steinhauer Shelander. On Nov. 21, 1953, in Bradford, he married Doris M. Wells, who died March 31, 2014.
Mr. Shelander was a 1947 graduate of Hazel Hurst High School and was employed as an operator for the Quaker State Oil Refinery in Farmers Valley for 42 years, retiring in 1990.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, where he was an usher and was on the Pastor Parish Committee, among other positions over the years.
Mr. Shelander was also a member of the McKean Lodge #388 F&AM of Smethport, where he was a Past Worshipful Master; a 32nd Degree member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite; the Coudersport Consistory; Shriner's International, Lodge #389 L.O.O.F.; a member of the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department; and the Smethport Fire Police, where he was a lieutenant.
He is survived by three daughters, Barbara Ann (Lonnie) Hovis of Smethport, Amie Jo (Mark) Lingenfelter of Emporium and Martha Louise (Floyd) Russel of Fayetteville; five granddaughters; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and John D. Shelander.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the United Methodist Church of Smethport with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette. A Masonic service will be conducted by the McKean Lodge #388 F&AM of Smethport at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a church of the donor's choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
2 Bank Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Published in The Bradford Era from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, 2015