Gerald L. “Bud” Shelley age 90 of rural Colchester, passed away Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb. He was born on June 13, 1931 in Colchester, Illinois the son of Ray and Elizabeth (Robinson) Shelley. He married Betty Downey on April 6, 1956 at the Baptist Church in Plymouth, Illinois. They were married for 62 years.
He is survived by 2 sons: Gregg (Tammy) Shelley, Gary (Barb) Shelley and a daughter, Vicki (Al) Black; 7 grandchildren: Christopher, Kimberly, Sarah, Holly, Courtney, Bethanie, and Nick; plus 9 great-grandchildren: Hayden, Logan, Callie, Caitlynn, Kennedy, Hadley Jo, Hadley Grace, Sawyer, Emerson; and a sister: Arlene Sullivan.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife: Betty; his parents; a son: Michael, a brother: Verne, a sister: Virginia Trotter, and a great-granddaughter: Clara Eloise Shelley.
Gerald was a farmer and worked at Thermos in Macomb. He attended Colchester High School and was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Colchester, Illinois. He loved fishing and hunting.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 3, 2022, at Bethel Cemetery, with Pastor Jim Richardson. Friends may view and sign the register book at the Jones Mortuary in Colchester from 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences and memories may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com.