Dennis Shelts

Dennis "Curly" SheltsDennis Allen “Curly” Shelts, 65, of rural Camden died at 10:25 p.m. Feb. 16, 2016, at his home.

He was born May 10, 1950, in Rushville, a son of Russell and Maxine Downs Shelts. He married Mary Jones on June 2, 2001, in rural Camden. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother; one son, Jason (and Tracy) Shelts of St. Louis; two brothers, Jim (and Sue) Shelts of Jacksonville and Kevin (and Cindy) Shelts of Camden; and one grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his father; and one son, Will M. Shelts.

He graduated from Rushville High School in 1968, where he played football all four years and had received many awards. He first worked at Oscar Mayer in Beardstown. He later worked at Black Beauty and Triad mines in Camden. He also was a heavy equipment operator for Dale Kerker in Augusta. He was a tender truck driver for Schuyler-Brown FS currently Prairieland FS in Rushville, retiring in 2015 due to health issues. He farmed in the Camden area for many years.

He was a member of the Schuyler County Farm Bureau.

Memorial services were held Saturday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Brittney Taylor officiating.

Memorials may be made to the MDH Hospice or to an education fund for his grandson William Shelts.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/24/2016


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