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Charles Frank "Chuck" Shell

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Charles Frank "Chuck" Shell was born August 9th, 1945, to Andrew and Leona Shell in Oelwein, Iowa. He was the second of four children.

Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Leona Shell, and one sister Hope. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie Kay Shell; his daughters Christine and Catherine; sons-in-law Ramesh and Rober; grandchildren Tatianna and Mahesh; his sister, Mary, and his brother, Steve.

Chuck was a man of action. After graduating high school he met and married the love of his life, Connie Cargin. Together Chuck and Connie started a beautiful relationship that would endure until his untimely passing 44 years later. In those 44 years Chuck and Connie created an amazing and beautiful family. They would have two wonderful daughters, Christy and Cathie, and in doing so the "C Shells" were on their way to many wonderful adventures.

As Christy and Cathie grew to school age Chuck settled his family in Corvallis, Oregon. Chuck would work in various jobs, relying on his knowledge of the meat industry and his abilities to easily talk with people; he always successfully supported his family. While his job may have sounded boring, his free time was anything but, because Chuck filled that time with a variety of hobbies that did not take time away from family, but rather included them.

Chuck would relentlessly train for and run marathons on a regular basis. His devotion to the sport led to him purchasing shoes from an old beat up van from a company that was trying to get its start in the industry at the time. The van said "NIKE" on the side, and Chuck often wondered if the waffle soled shoes he bought from that van were sold to him by Phil Knight himself. He would run the soles off of the shoes and pour cement glue on them to keep them going. He was truly dedicated to the sport.

Chuck and Connie became dance instructors in their spare time, which was a wonderful experience for all those who ever learned how to stay off each other's toes from them. Chuck and Connie became two of the founding member of the High Steppin' Country Dance Club. When Chuck and Connie danced people took notice, because they may have been teaching but they were, also loving one another's company. They danced like no one else was watching and it was worth admiring.

Chuck retired a few years ago and he and Connie devoted themselves even more to being with family. Chuck and Connie moved to Austin, Texas, after 35 years in Corvallis, to be with his daughter Christy and her family. Chuck spent his time passing on his wisdom to his grandkids and enjoying sports with them. He started running and swimming again so he could spend more time with his grandkids and be a part of their interests. His ability to find something to do in the yard was never ending. When he moved to Texas he created wonderful memories with his oldest daughter Christy when they spent weekends together putting in a water fountain, herb and vegetable gardens, stone patio and a bird oasis. For Chuck's retirement truly meant good times with his loved ones. He cherished every moment with his family and it always showed.

Although Chuck enjoyed running and swimming, as the years went by he turned to bicycling, and this would be the sport he would love the most. He enjoyed the yearly weeklong Ride Idaho bike ride with his youngest daughter Cathie for the last consecutive seven years. Connie was able to support them by volunteering on the ride 3 of the seven years. Chuck had found Stanley, Idaho to be his favorite place on the ride a few years back. This year during Ride Idaho he was fortunate to get to ride into Stanley twice. He continued to comment on how beautiful and special Stanley is, with the majestic Sawtooth Mountains and the beautiful Salmon River. That second time into Stanley he listened to one of his many favorite events of the ride, a bagpipe player. With the echo of the bagpipes fading into the night Chuck was mesmerized by the sight of the full moon rising over the mountains. He shared his final moments with Connie, gazing at the beauty of the night. Chuck curled up in his tent and in the early hours of August 13th, 2011, he quietly passed away. Such an unassuming and quiet spoken man with a wonderful grin and a beautiful family, Chuck you have left us all with a huge hole in our hearts. Ride on up that next hill and wait for us, like you always have....

Please come to the "Celebration of Life" reception for Chuck on Sunday the 21st of August, 2011 from 2:30PM to 5:30PM at the Corvallis Senior Center, located at 2601 NW Tyler Av.in Corvallis, Oregon 97330. A memorial service will be held on Monday the 22nd of August, 2011 from noon to 12:30PM at St. Mary's Parish 501 NW 25th Corvallis, Oregon 97330.