He was born on Jan. 28, 1942, in Livermore, California, the son of the late Chili and Helen Imogene (Olsen) Shelly.
Mr. Shelly was a 1958 graduate of Livermore High School and a member of the Russian Orthodox Church by faith. He graduated from the University of California at the Berkeley Campus, with a master’s degree in physics and a doctor of philosophy in economics.
He traveled the world and became fluent in several languages. He had worked as a college professor at Michigan State and the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado, and later retired from the U.S. Senate as an economist.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory a daughter, Roxane Waldron of Olympia, Washington; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Shibley-Thomas (James) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Jacob, Owen, Ryan, Miranda and August; a brother, Glenn Shelly (Eldene) of Healdsburg, California; closest friend and buddy, Tom Davis (Kim) of Franklin; and a special friend, Cheryl Taylor (Robert) of Hedgesville.
In honoring Mr. Shelly’s wishes, his body has been cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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