Obituary: Lyle Shellabarger


Lyle Russell Shellabarger, age 91, of Blue Grass, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at his home. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, at Bentley Funeral Home, Durant.   A visitation was held from 12:30 - 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8, prior to the funeral service.  Burial took place in Blue Grass Cemetery.  Online condolences may be left at

Lyle was born on Dec. 23, 1929, the son of Russell and Hulga (Ehrecke) Shellabarger.  He graduated from Davenport High School with the Class of 1948.  Lyle married Marilyn J. Dimick on Feb. 25, 1951, in Buffalo Friends Church.  Marilyn died on Dec. 3, 1997

Lyle began farming on his family farm in the 1940s, where he milked cows and later raised his family. He most recently farmed alongside his son, Tim, raising crops and livestock.  Lyle was a volunteer fireman in Blue Grass and a former trustee for Buffalo Township for many years.  He also enjoyed woodworking, taking road trips with his family and traveling with friends.

Lyle will be dearly missed by two children, Tim (Stacy) Shellabarger of Blue Grass, and Barb (Chip) Turrittin of St. Peter, Minn.; two grandchildren, Rachel (Thorlindur Thorolfsson) Shellabarger of Santa Clara, Calif., and Eli Shellabarger of Newport News, Va.; six great-grandchildren, Andinia, Viviana, Eleanora, Helena and Olin Turrittin and Thorolfur Shellabarger; and close family friends, David and Allison Neumeister.

Lyle was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; two grandsons, Jesse and Cole Turrittin; and two sisters, Marguerite Lahl and Evelyn Petersen.


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