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Shelley L Shelamer

August 11, 1930 ~ April 19, 2021 (age 90)


Shelley Lerane Shelamer passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise on April 19, 2021.
Shelley was born on August 11th, 1930 in Columbia, South Carolina to Margie and Charles Shelamer. He attended the University of South Carolina prior to enlisting in the Navy in 1951 and spent several years stationed in Japan. Upon discharge he married Elva Jane Dauven (deceased.) He is survived by their five children: Steven Mark Shelamer, Cathy Dennis, Christine Terry, Shelley L. Shelamer Jr. (Buddy) and Elizabeth Shelamer as well as his extended family including his long-time friend, Judy Leister and her children, Tracy Johnston and David Leister. In time his family expanded to include numerous daughters and sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren plus a few “adoptees” and within the last decade, five great-grandchildren.
Shelley returned to his original family in South Carolina where he raised his children and worked as an engineer for the Post Office. He moved West in 1975 finally settling in Boise. For many years Shelley was the owner and teacher at the Academy of Real Estate located on the corner of Orchard and Emerald Streets. Following that he worked as a licensed real estate appraiser at Northwest Appraisal Company in Boise until he retired.
Shelley was an avid reader and enjoyed studying and engaging in a variety of activities. Among his many interests were fishing, archeology, geology and science of any kind. After he retired, he would, occasionally, just load up his mini trailer and go searching (and finding) dinosaur bones in Eastern Montana.
He traveled extensively on organized and “spur of the moment trips.” He once jumped on a plane and flew to Alaska on a days’ notice to help a friend bring a fishing boat down to Seattle (just the two of them) in November when the waters are apt to be roughest.
Shelley placed great value on life. He lived it fully and he was surrounded throughout by close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by mother, brother and his sister.
His entire family would like to sincerely thank the staff at the Idaho State Veterans Home for their care and kindness during the last two years of his life.
       He was a good man,
       not a perfect man.
       He led a good life
       not a perfect life,
       but a life well spent,
       lived on his own terms
       and leaving a trail of warm and funny memories


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