Edwin J. Shelp of Waymart, Pa., and Intercession City, Fla., passed peacefully into the loving arms of his Savior on Friday, June 20, 2014.
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He was the son of Edith Blewitt Shelp Dunning and Clarence Dunning, and was born in Scranton on March 14, 1923.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Gloria Tuthill Shelp; three sons, James Edwin and his wife, Deborah Gummoe Shelp; Randy James and his wife, Maria Rusnak Shelp; and Douglas Jack and his wife, Patti Moore Shelp; and his daughter, Bonni Shelp Singer and her husband, Charles K. Singer.
He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Sallie Shelp Glemboski, and is survived by her husband, Mark Glemboski.
He was the supremely proud Papa of James E. Shelp Jr., Judy Shelp, Benjamin Shelp, Randy J. Shelp Jr., Steven Shelp, Douglas "Jack" Shelp Jr., Alyssa Shelp, Christopher Glemboski, Stacey Glemboski, Jeffrey Glemboski, Lisa M. Singer, Brian C. Singer, David G. Singer and Daniel P. Singer. His great-grandchildren, Andrew, Amber, Abby and Zoey Shelp and Demi Ambrose also brought great joy to his life.
He proudly served his country in the Air Force during World War II, and worked as a typesetter and proofreader at several newspapers. For most of his career, he was employed at Haddon Craftsmen in Scranton, but later worked at Tobyhanna Army Depot and as a deputy sheriff in Wayne County.
He was a member of the Waymart United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served on the administrative board. He was a past master of Waymart Lodge 542, Free and Accepted Masons, and served on the Waymart School Board.
He loved to travel, had a lifelong thirst for knowledge and an amazing work ethic, all of which he imparted to his children. He was always happiest when surrounded by his family and friends, and was blessed to have wonderful friends in Waymart, including the "Wandering Warriors" camping club, and in Intercession City, where he so enjoyed the annual parade and karaoke club.
At the end, he was tirelessly attended to by his favorite nurse, his daughter-in-law, Maria, to whom the rest of the family is forever grateful.
It was his wish to be cremated, and his ashes interred at the Canaan Corners Cemetery. A memorial service for family and friends will be scheduled at the convenience of the family. Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions should do so to Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 W. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512, the Waymart United Methodist Church or the
His indomitable spirit will live on forever in our hearts.
Arrangements are by the Jenkins Funeral Home, 269 Belmont St., Waymart, PA 18472.
Jenkins Funeral Home
269 Belmont Street Waymart, PA 18472
Published in Scranton Times on June 21, 2014