Obituary: Joseph Melton Shelley

Joseph Melton Shelley

Joseph Melton Shelley

Early Wednesday morning, July 1, the spirit of our beloved Joseph Melton Shelley slipped away from us and returned to its Maker. We lost Joe (Mel) after a brief and valiant struggle with an implacable illness. He leaves behind his adored wife, Cameo, and siblings Eddie Shelley, Debbie Shelley Blair and Cathy Shelley Courcey, as well as dozens of grieving nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Faye Shelley.

Joe's time on this Earth may have been shortened, but he lived every moment to its fullest. Always ready with a friendly greeting or wisecrack, he was more inclined to fun and camaraderie than conflict. Even so, he would never back down from a fight - especially in defense of the weak or the helpless. He had no tolerance for injustice or deceit. No friend was ever more loyal, no defender more fierce. Those who loved him will remember his willing acceptance of his friends, warts and all, and how hard he made us laugh.

Mel was an avid outdoorsman, always happiest when spending time hunting, trapping, camping or riding quads with family and friends. He grew up roaming the desert hills and had a deep understanding of and appreciation for their harsh beauty. He had a knack for mechanics and machinery, and was always willing to step in to help friends with his skills, frequently putting his own interests aside in order to be of service to someone in need. He had a lifelong affection for his dogs who were, perhaps, the creatures most capable of returning his particular brand of unconditional love.

Joe's memory will be cherished by all of us who had the privilege of knowing this remarkable man. His absence will be deeply felt for years to come.

Condolences may be addressed to Joe.n.Cameo@outlook.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help cover medical expenses are encouraged. Please send inquiries to the email above for details.