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Clyde J. Shelkey


Clyde J. Shelkey, age 85 of Grand Rapids, passed away on February 24, 2023. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Harriet Shelkey; sisters, Marian Bentley, Darlene Pickering; and brothers, Lester Shelkey, Ronald Shelkey. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mae; children, Denise Shelkey, Cynthia Shelkey; and sisters, Doris Johnston, Gloria Crain, Susan Smith, and Nancy Scheider. Clyde was born and raised in Muskegon, MI where he graduated from Muskegon Heights High School. He was employed for 26 years as a sales representative for Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation. Clyde was a voracious reader, and loved college football. The University of Michigan Wolverines never had a more loyal fan. Clyde was a loving husband and doting father and will be greatly missed.  Private service was held by the family.

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  1. My sincere sympathy to Clyde’s wife and family. He was my supervisor in the undercoating claims department when I worked at Quaker State in Oil City, PA back in the 80’s before the company moved to Dallas, TX. I remember him as a kind man. I was also from Michigan so we had that in common. He later promoted me to his supervisory position when he took another management position at QS. I appreciated his patience and guidance. I’m sure he will be missed by all those that loved him. RIP, Clyde.

  2. Dear Mae – I was saddened to hear this. I am sure you and your family are heart-broken. But please know Clyde was truly appreciated as being a ‘good man’ by all who really knew him. I have fond memories of Clyde at QS and was even visited post-QS once or twice when he back in OC area. I still use the QS pen he gifted me. Since we lived just one street parallel to you, during winter months I always knew when he blasted home because I witnessed the snowmobile and trailer absolutely covered with snow on Monday mornings. Everything Clyde did – he did with full enthusiasm! My sincerest condolences to you… I pray God’s blessings comfort you!

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