MARTIN ROGERS SHELL
CLASS OF 1951Des Moines - Martin Rogers Shell passed away on April 15, 2019, at Kavanagh House Hospice after a brief battle with cancer.
was born September 23, 1933, to Martin Albert and Ruth Anne (Maricle)
Shell in Fairbank, IA. He graduated from Osawatomie, KS, High School in
1951; served in the U.S. Navy from
1952 to 1956; and graduated from Pittsburgh State College, KS, in 1960.
For 30 years, he worked with the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal
addition to his grandchildren and family, Rogers' passion in retirement
was directing bluebird house construction and monitoring bluebird
nesting activities. His goal was to revitalize the bluebird population
is survived by his wife of 54 years, Delores; son, John (Patti) of
Burlington, KS; daughters Terri of Albany, OR, and Jean (Matt) McGrory
of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren, Taylor and Grant Shell, Mary Claire
and Walt McGrory; sisters Camilla Dobbs of Little Canada, MN, and
Charmaine (Joe) Knickerbocker of Independence, KS; and first wife Linda
(Whitaker) of Albany, OR. He was preceded in death by his parents and
Shell family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to caregivers
at Methodist Hospital and the entire staff at Kavanagh House for their
Celebration of Life will be held at Raccoon River Nature Lodge on
Friday, June 7, 1:00 - 4:30. In lieu of flowers, please consider a
donation to Polk County Conservation - Bluebird Revitalization.