A Graveside service with military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, October 22, 2023 at Sonshine Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Robert Clyde Shelenberger entered heaven on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, in full confidence of being in the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Sonshine Baptist Church in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Born on December 21, 1934, in New Castle, PA, Bob was the son of Clyde and Gladys Shelenberger. He met Edna Frances Duncan, the love of his life, at the youth group of Center UP Church and married her on July 19, 1957. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. He lived in several different states, but he called Port Charlotte home for the past 24 years and loved the warm winters and beautiful flowers.
In addition to his wife Edna, he is survived by his daughters Jodi Sharkey (Dave) and Tami Green (Brian), their spouses, four grandchildren, Melissa Hastings (Chris), Jeff Polding (Mary), Amy Lokkesmoe (Jake) and Erika Matteson (Cam), their spouses, three great-grandchildren, Elena and Nicholas Polding and Lucy Lokkesmoe, and his siblings Donald Shelenberger (Bev) and Sandy Cornell (John). He was preceded in death by his siblings, Shirley Collins, Paul Shelenberger and Fred Shelenberger. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and faithful friend to all who had the honor of knowing him.
He received his bachelor degree in chemistry from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in 1964. Over his life, Bob served in the United States military- Army- and worked in a number of careers, from a ceramic chemist, China plant manager to a tax preparer.
Outside of work, Bob could often be found fishing, playing card games, watching NASCAR and college sports, and lending a hand to anyone who needed it. He enjoyed visiting shut-ins and interacting with people. He served as the head of his church’s mission committee, a greeter, Sunday school superintendent, deacon, trustee, and treasurer in several different churches throughout the years. His family will always remember his competitive streak, warm sense of humor, and wisdom in giving advice. Most importantly, though, his legacy of faith, service, and love for God and others serves as an example to all of us. Every night before bed, he prayed with his wife lifting up his family and others to the Lord. He will be missed but we know as it says in one of his favorite hymns, “Then when all of life is over and our work on Earth is done, and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.”
Bob had a real passion for missions. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hope Children’s Home 11415 Hope International Drive, Tampa, FL 33625 (hopechildrenshome.org) can be made in Bob’s memory.
Graveside service and military honors by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will be held 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.