Mr. Rusty W. Shelburne, 61, Kalamazoo, Mich., and former Rochester resident, passed away June 11, 2021. His tragic, unexpected death resulted from injuries sustained in a fall at his home on May 7.
On Aug. 3, 1959, he was born in Noblesville. He was a treasured son of Howard Dale and Rebecca Jacquelyn “Jackie” Wire Shelburne. Growing up as the fifth of the 11 Shelburne kids, he shared his childhood with six brothers and four sisters. With great Zebra pride, he graduated from Rochester High School with his class in 1977.
In Rochester, he married the love of his life and best friend, Miss Laurie Drenth, on June 3, 1978. Together they shared 43 years of life’s adventures. From their union came a handsome son, Derek. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of three grandchildren.
Left to cherish Rusty’s memory are his wife: Laurie; and son: Derek Shelburne, both of Kalamazoo, Mich.; three grandchildren: Devereaux, Deklan, Audriana and their mother, Juanita; four sisters: Tammy Shelburne-See, Rochester; Betsy Shelburne, State College, Pa.; Misty (Timothy) DePoy, Rochester; and Mindy (Hector) Navarro, Rochester; four brothers: Jeffery (Jeanie) Shelburne, Rochester; Rodney (Darla) Shelburne, Warsaw; Randy (Carol) Shelburne, Rochester; and Barney (Lorraine) Shelburne, Stillman Valley, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.
Preceding Rusty in death are his parents: Howard and Jackie; two brothers: Gary D. Shelburne on June 25, 2014; and Scott B. Shelburne on Jan. 23, 2016.
A celebration of the life of Mr. Rusty Wire Shelburne will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, in the Good Family Funeral Hone, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Friends may visit with his family from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at the Langeland Family Funeral Home, 3926 S. 9th St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009.