Robert E. Shelby of West Frankfort, Illinois, July 30, 1951 – August 23, 2018

Robert E. Shelby

Robert E. Shelby, 67, of West Frankfort, passed away at 6:02 a.m. Thursday, August 23, 2018 in the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale. He was born July 30, 1951 in Flint, Michigan to Harold E. and Catherine (Cochran) Shelby. He married Jill (Ross) Shelby on November 27, 1971.

Survivors include his wife, Jill Shelby of West Frankfort; son, Jason (Kelly) Shelby of Johnston City; granddaughter, Barilynn Shelby; his mother, Catherine Shelby of West Frankfort; a brother, Michael (Tina) Shelby of West Frankfort and a sister, Carolyn Hartley of Carbondale, several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold and by a brother, Kenneth Shelby.

Robert was the owner and operator of Shelby & Sons Auto Salvage in West Frankfort. He was a member of the West Frankfort Lions Club, Black Diamond Hog Chapter, Andy Griffith Rerun Watchers Club and was a trustee of Denning Township and had served in the National Guard. He loved his Mayberry family, Harley trips with friends, and cars. He also loved watching his granddaughter, Barilynn, play ball.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in the First Church of God 609 Highway 37 West Frankfort with Dr. Brett Beasley officiating. Burial will be in the Denning Cemetery on Orient Road. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund and will be accepted at the church. Parker – Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort is in charge of arrangements. To sign the guest register visit

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