Gary Schellhammer

Gary C. Schellhammer, 58, of Waukon, died Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 24, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.
Gary Clark Schellhammer was born November 30, 1956, in Decorah, the son of Morris Ralph and Rose-Mary (Fulghum) Schellhammer. He attended Waukon High School and in 1975, graduated from Winifred High School in Winifred, MT. After high school, Gary worked in Montana drilling wells before returning to Waukon. October 1, 1977 Gary married Colleen Nuehring at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Monona. For 34 years, he worked at Foremost Farms in Waukon in maintenance and eventually became the supervisor; he was also on the safety committee. After Foremost Farms became Aveka, Gary was working there part-time as a consultant.
Gary was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. Loving the outdoors, Gary enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, bird watching, and photography. He liked tending to his vegetable garden and took on a lot of crafts such as glass etching, beading, and making leather jewelry and wallets. Gary liked to travel and took trips to Arizona, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon and Montana. He also liked to play cards with family and friends, but mostly loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Gary is survived by his wife Colleen of Waukon; three children, Stacey Schellhammer of Rockwell City, Sara (Rick) Peters of Waterloo and Shawn (Christie) Schellhammer of Buckeye, AZ; six grandchildren, Jaelehn Smith, Jayden and Jaymason Griffin, Alexis and Ava Peters and Aria Schellhamer (with another grandchild due in March 2015); his brother, Owen (Rosalette) Schellhammer of Salem, MO; father-in-law Marlyn Nuehring; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Mitzi.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother Dilles Schellhammer; and mother-in-law Dorothy Nuehring.
Honorary casketbearers are Gary's co-workers at Aveka. Casketbearers are Steve Doeppke, Kevin and Arlen Nuehring, Dennis Wohlfeil, Edwin Frick, Doug Miller, and Larry Schellhammer.
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