In Memory

Russell Shellhammer

Russell Shellhammer

Russell Shellhammer
1933 - 2004

 

Russell Rusty Shellhammer, 71, of Manchester, N.J., died on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004 in Community Medical Center, Toms River, N.J. Born and raised in Palmerton, he lived in Hillsborough, N.J. for 10 years before moving to the Leisure Knoll section of Manchester in 1987. He graduated from S.S. Palmer High School, Palmerton. He received his bachelors degree in education from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College in 1957. He did graduate study at Temple University, University of Maryland, Lehigh University and Rutgers University, where he earned his masters degree in school administration. He taught at the junior high school level in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey before teaching at the Department of Defense Schools in Japan and England. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and he received the U.N. Ribbon, Korean War Ribbon with one star and the Combat Ribbon. His destroyer squadron circumnavigated the globe. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol with Observer Wings. He made numerous search and rescue missions. He was the personnel office at Wing Headquarters at McGuire Air Force Base. He was an education officer and held the prestigious Chuck Yeager Education Award. He was on the staff of Somerset County Vocational and Technical Schools for 28 years. He served as teacher, assistant principal, principal and director of adult vocational and continuing education. Russell enjoyed golf, gardening, swimming and hiking. Survivors: He is survived by his wife, Sydney Ann Dentzel Shellhammer, of 39 years; sister, Gloria Balogach of Lehighton; brothers-in-law, Harold Roberts of Bethlehem and Edward Dentzel of Leechburg; several nieces, nephews. Services: memorial, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, St. Johns Episcopal Church, Palmerton and 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Vincentown, N.J. Burial is private at Riverview Cemetery, Apollo. Arrangements, Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, Manchester. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Deborah Heart and Lung Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 820 Browns Mills, N.J. 08015 or the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1440 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, Ill. 60607.
 

Published in Morning Call on Sept. 19, 2004

The JHS Alumni will miss our teacher Russell very much.