Kenneth L. Shelly, 72, Akron, Hunter Peterbilt retiree, enjoyed bowling, watching sports

By on April 27, 2016

Kenneth L. Shelly, 72, of Akron, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Wellspan Ephrata Community Hospital.

He was born in Akron to the late John and Verda (Hertzog) Shelly and was the husband of Joan A. (Boyer) Shelly. They were married for 50 years.

He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Ephrata, belonged to a bowling league, enjoyed watching baseball, football and golf. Kenneth worked as a parts associate for Hunter Peterbilt Inc., Lancaster, for 44 years until his retirement in June of 2009.

In addition to his wife, Kenneth is survived by his son: Gregory Scott Shelly of Lancaster; daughter: Debra Sue, wife of Steve Melcher; granddaughter: Elizabeth Nicole Melcher; grandson: Justin Mitchell Melcher; brother: Harold Shelly of Ephrata; four sisters: Marion Shelly of Lancaster; Barbara, wife of Bill Burkholder, of Ephrata; Allegra, wife of Dick Kohl, of Ephrata; and Rosa, wife of Jim Barndt, of Ephrata.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 27, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Salem Lutheran Church, 1331 W. Main St., Ephrata. Another viewing will be held Thursday, April 28, from 12 to 1 p.m., at the Salem Lutheran Church, followed by his funeral service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Jeffrey Goodman officiating. Interment will take place in the Memory Gardens Memorial Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions in Kenneth’s memory may be made to the Salem Lutheran Church, 1331 W. Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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