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Larry Gene Shelts

December 3, 1950 ~ April 7, 2018 (age 67)

     Larry Gene Shelts, 67, of Camden, passed away at 2:26 PM, Saturday, April 7, 2018, at his home.

     He was born on December 3, 1950, in Rushville, Illinois, the son of Bernard Eugene and Faye Virginia (Milby) Shelts.  On June 7, 1970, he married Brenda Jean Peak, at the Camden United Methodist Church in Camden and she survives.

     Also surviving are one daughter Jennifer Deanne Briney and husband Melvin of Astoria, one son Jeffrey Eugene Shelts and wife Jennifer of Camden, five grandchildren Alex David Briney, Abbie Jene Briney, Emily June Briney, Collin Eugene Shelts, and Justin Floyd Shelts, step mother Doris Shelts, one sister Sheila Teaney, half-brother David Avery, all of Mt. Sterling, mother-in-law Phyllis Peak of Rushville, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Brian Peak and wife Stacy of Quincy, Stephanie Downs, Lori Ruth and husband Gareld, Angie Dyche and husband Mike, Jr. all of Rushville, and Stacie Kuta of St. Charles, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents Bernard Eugene Shelts and Faye and Andy Avery and his father-in-law Jack Peak.

     Larry graduated from Rushville High School in 1968 and attended Robert Morris Junior College, where he graduated receiving an Associate Degree in Applied Science.  From there he attended Western Illinois University, graduating in 1972, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture.  He worked for the Schuyler County Soil and Water District as Resource Conservationist for 25 years.

     He served on the Camden Township Board for over 20 years and was a 4-H leader for over 36 years with the Camden Good Neighbors.  He was most proud of serving on the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District Board and serving as Co-Chair for three years.  He was a Schuyler Farm Bureau member and a member of the Camden United Methodist Church.

     Private Services will be held at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville, with Pastor Charla Meyers officiating.  Interment will follow in the Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials are suggested to the Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation, for the Dr. Cox Therapy Clinic or the Camden Good Neighbors 4-H Club. 

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