Elmer “Gene” E. Sholly
February 8, 1925 – January 8, 2012
Gene Sholly, 86, residing in South Bend, IN passed away at 12:41 AM Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Miller’s Merry Manor, Walkerton, IN. He previously worked at the Studebaker Corporation, the Bendix Corporation, and retired from the Bayer Corporation in 1981 after working there for over 11 years.
Gene was born on February 8, 1925 in Osceola, IN to the late Elmer H. and Commilla E. (Forsyth) Sholly and has been a lifelong resident of this area. On December 21, 1946 in South Bend, IN he was united in marriage to Lea Beth (Sharp) Sholly, who survives. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this past December.
Along with his loving wife Lea Beth, Gene is survived by his son, David E. Sholly of Aurora, CO and his sons, Adam R. Sholly and Matthew D. Sholly, both of Colorado; his son, Bryan L. (Lynda) Sholly of El Paso, TX and their daughter, Whitney Rea (Jack Hightshoe) Sholly of Mishawaka; his son, Bruce Allen Sholly of South Bend and his two daughters, Danielle M. Sholly, PhD of Rockville, MD and Erin E. Sholly of Mishawaka, and great-grandson, Micah Allan Sholly. He is also survived by his sister, Darlene Carlton of South Bend; nephew, Dale Carlton of Mishawaka; and niece, Terri Woodruff of Mishawaka. Gene was preceded in death by his baby sister and a nephew.
Gene proudly served our country in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He enjoyed helping others and loved working in the garden. Following his retirement, he mowed lawns for over 15 years for many of his neighbors and friends. He was also a member of the VFW Post.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Palmer Funeral Home – River Park Chapel, 2528 Mishawaka Ave., South Bend. Chaplain Robert Puhr will officiate. Military graveside services will follow in Southlawn Cemetery, South Bend. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00 PM –7:00 PM on Wednesday in the funeral home.
Contributions in memory of Gene Sholly may be offered to Harbor Light Hospice, 1608 E. Day Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com.