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Keith Shellmyer 1920-2008

Feb 6, 2008

WEST BEND — Funeral service for Keith Shellmyer is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the United Methodist Church in West Bend.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Harris Funeral Home in West Bend.

Mr. Shellmyer died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, at his home in West Bend. He was 87.

Warren Keith Shellmyer was born April 19, 1920, in West Bend, the son of Irvin L. and Irene M. (Hoover) Shellmyer. Moving to West Bend from Titonka in 1927, he entered the second grade and graduated in 1928. In 1940 he moved to Los Angeles, Ca.

When World War II started, Keith was working for Vultee Aircraft in Downey, CA. He volunteered for the Army and was sent overseas where he joined the 94th Division which was part of Patton’s Third Army as a Combat Infantry Rifleman. After the war ended, he was assigned as a Clerk Typist in the 1st Division in Nuremberg, Germany, in the Palace of Justice where the War Crime Trials were being conducted.

On Dec. 23, 1945, Keith was an Honor Guard at General George Patton’s funeral in Hamm, Luxemburg, an honor he was very proud of. On May 7, 1946, he was discharged at Camp McCoy, WI. He was awarded the Bronze Star Combat Rifleman Infantry Badge, two Battle Stars (the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal), Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Medal Germany, and the WWII Victory Medal.

In 1947 he went to work for M.&J.R. Hakes until his retirement in 1982. He continued living in West Bend until his death.

He was a member of the West Bend United Methodist Church, a member of the West Bend Fire Department for over 20 years, a life member of the West Bend Legion for over 60 years, a life member of the V.F.W. West Bend, and a life member of the 94th Infantry Division Association.

Survivors include a son, Chuck Shellmyer of Burlington; daughters, Barb Brathovde of Burnsville, MN, and Shell McMahon of Minden; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Mr. Shellmyer was preceded in death by his parents in 1980; his sister, Margaret in 1997; his wife, Mary, in 2006, having been married over 63 years; and a grandson, Sean McMahon of Minden. Also in 1995 his first dog Maggie and in 2006 his second dog Meg, both English Bulldogs died.

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