Father Otto Shelly
Father Otto George Shelly, 92, died at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007.
Born Otto Schellenberger, on Sept. 2, 1914, in Georgetown, he was the son of the late Henry and Agnes Glotzbach Schellenberger.
He went to Techny, Ill., in 1932, where, after high school and two years of college studies, he took his first vows on Aug. 6, 1937. He pronounced perpetual vows as a Divine Word missionary in 1941 and was ordained a priest on Aug. 15, 1942.
In 1944, Father Shelly was one of 20 Divine Word missionaries sent to Papua New Guinea, Australia, to help counter Japanese influence. He later earned a bachelor of science degree at Purdue University and a master of education degree at Loyola University in Chicago.
He taught agriculture at Fatima College before being sent to Maramuni Valley in Papua New Guinea to establish a church there. He also helped build and manage a large dairy farm at Kellyville that won state and national prizes. He was appointed dean of seminarians in Epping before deciding to devote his time to giving retreats and serving as interim director of the House of Prayer in Goroka followed by time as spiritual director of national seminarians in Port Moresby.
Father Shelly returned to Techny in May 2002
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by 11 siblings.
Survivors include a brother, Herb Schellenberger of Lanesville.
Funeral Mass: Saturday, Jan. 13, in Techny with burial there.