225 W. Monroe St., New Bremen, OH 45869

Dale L. Shellenberger January 8, 1950 - August 31, 2023

Date of Funeral

September 16, 2023
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of New Knoxville, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 12:09 P.M. He was born on January 8, 1950, in Lima, the son of the late Donald C and Mildred L. (Howe) Shellenberger. He is survived by his sister Donna Nagel of New Bremen; his nephews and nieces: Corey (Sharon) Paul of New Bremen, Jesse (Susan) Paul of New Bremen, Ariel Booth of Sandusky, Ohio, and his great-nephews and nieces: Shelby Bornhorst, Koby Paul, Sydney Paul, Bethany Paul, and Tyler Paul.

Dale was a 1968 graduate of New Knoxville High School. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and continued his service in the Ohio National Guard and the Air Force Reserves serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was very proud of his service to our nation. He kept in touch with many of his fellow service members and enjoyed attending his unit’s reunions each year. Dale could fix anything and enjoyed tinkering around in his garage, going to garage sales and making the trip to visit the Exchange down at WPAFB. He had worked as a self-employed handyman for a number of years, but had also worked for the former New Idea in Coldwater, Monarch Lathes in Sidney, and for Crown Equipment Corp. in New Bremen where he retired in 2020 as a member of the 25 year club. Dale will be remembered as a private person, but someone who was always willing to help others.

Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 1:30 P.M. in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in New Knoxville with Pastor Joel Bucklin officiating. Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family with arrangements, and condolences and memories can be shared with the family online at www.gilberghartwigfh.com

Graveside memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 1:30 P.M. in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in New Knoxville with Pastor Joel Bucklin officiating.


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    Sara Maurer says

    Donna. So sorry for your loss. Will certainly miss seeing him about town. Many memories of his and Don’s long frienship

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    Susan Manbeck says

    So sorry for your loss Donna. My sympathy to your family.

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    Barb Niemeyer says

    Lived next door for a short while. He was a good neighbor, sharing peaches and mowing my yard for the last time of the season. I enjoyed hearing his organ music when I was outside. He had a hidden talent!

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    Steve and Marcia Wierwille says

    Condolences to the family. We enjoyed having Dale as a neighbor.

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    Paul and Shirley Maurer says

    So sorry for your loss Donna. When Dale seen us, he would always stop and talk and in just the last few months he saw me getting the mail and he pulled into our driveway and we talked for awhile.

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      Barbara Thompson says

      My condolences to you Donna and your family. I met your brother at my garage sale and found out our mothers were couains.. when finding out he played the organ, I gave him my mother’s sheet music. I was blessed that someone would use it. My mother was Evelyn Eckhart Rupert. Again, sorry for your loss

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    Barbara tostrick says

    Sorry for your loss Donna I didnt know your brother but prayers for you and your family peace be with you all

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    Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home says

    I worked with Dale several years in the DC & Kit department at CROWN. He was a kind, caring gentleman that I enjoyed talking to & working with. Since retirement, our paths crossed at garage sales. So sorry he didn’t get to enjoy a longer retirement. With deepest sympathy.
    Deb Gibson

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    Rick Haberkamp says

    Very sorry for your loss, Donna and family. Dale was a classmate and we just saw him about 5 weeks ago at our 55th reunion. As you mentioned, he was a private person, yet could talk about lots of things one-on-one. He will be missed. May you find strength in the Lord and His Word in the upcoming days and months.

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    Gary Katterheinrich says

    With deepest sympathy Donna and family. Remember the good old fly in days Gary & Sylvia Katterheinrich

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    Pat Sextro says

    Donna and family: Please accept my condolences on Dale’s passing. I worked with him at New Knoxville Crown. He was a hard worker and always ready to jump in and help. He sure knew alot of info on a variety of topics. I regard him as a friend. Pat Sextro

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    Kevin boroff says

    Sorry to hear about Dale I worked with Dale at crown . I enjoyed talking to Dale l was over to his house on aug 14 we sat outside and talked for hours I will miss him

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