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Shelby Ronald WolfenbargerWolfenbarger

February 20, 1948 – February 9, 2017


Shelby R. Wolfenbarger, 68 of Monroe, died at 7:04 am Thursday at his home.

Family and friends may call from 1 to 6 pm Saturday at the Rupp Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 6 pm. Pastor Bob Wood of Heritage Baptist Church will officiate.

Born February 20, 1948 in Middlesboro, Kentucky, he was the son of Shelby H. and Sylvia E. (Estep) Wolfenbarger. He married Jane J. Williams on August 14, 1971 in Lancaster, California.

Shelby served his country in the United States Air Force from October 3, 1967 to October 2, 1971.

He was employed by the Canadian National Railroad for forty-two years as a machinist/forman retiring in 2008.

Shelby was a member of the Big Spring Baptist Church in Tazewell, Tennessee and an active member at the Heritage Baptist Church in Monroe. He was a 1966 graduate of Thomas Walker High School, Ewing, Virginia

He enjoyed fishing and golfing and shot two hole in ones. He also worked part time at Lilac Golf Course and bowled on the Wednesday night league at Nortel Lanes.

Surviving are his wife Jane; sons Eric A. (Jenni) Wolfenbarger of Broadview, Ohio and Ryan S. (Teasha) Wolfenbarger of Monroe; grandchildren Emilia, Jakob, Kofi, Joy, Eve, Josie, Ryan Jr, and Noah; brother-in-law Tom Davis of Ewing, Virginia; nieces Cindy (Kenny) Rutherford and Jacki Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Beverly Davis.

Memorials may be made to the Heritage Baptist Church Building Fund.

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15 Responses to Shelby R. Wolfenbarger

  • Jim and Rose Baldwin says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your family.
    May you find strength and peace in
    God’s love.

  • Joe Hamilton says:

    Jane and sons, our deepest sympathy to you. Shelby my dear friend, you will be deeply missed by your brothers in the Lord at Heritage Baptist Church. RIP my friend.


    My deepest sympathy. I will miss my friend “Wilson”!

  • Ron Erzen says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family. Shelby was a great person! I will truly miss our rounds of golf at Lilac, it will never be the same without you.

  • Vic Hamilton says:

    Sympathies handed down to all of the Wolfenbarger family. Shelby & I always took smart shots at each other. We both loved this. Work with & around the golf course.

  • Our thoughts and prayers for Jane, Eric and Ryan and their families in the loss of Shelby. Shelby was not my biological brother, but he was truly my Brother in my heart. Sheila and I both are going to miss Shelby’s trips down to Florida and our great golf matches and outings. My heart aches knowing that I won’t get to see Shelby again until we meet in heaven. I just hope he has us a good tee time when I get there. I love you, Brother!

  • Terry & Linda McKinney says:

    Our deepest sympathy to your family……Praying for God’s peace…
    Love & Prayers

  • Dennis Donoghue says:

    My sympathies to Shelby’s family. I worked and fished with Shelby. He always took time to fix my vehicles. I haven’t seen him in a while but will miss him. He was a true Southern Gentleman. 8

  • Worked many a hostling shift at the Roundhouse with Shelby and during slack time we played electronic football. Good guy , fond memories. My respects and prayers to all his family.

  • Tom Lamb says:

    It was a pleasure to know and work with Shelby. My prayers go out to his family

  • Chad Holt says:

    My sympathies to the family. Shelby was an absolute joy to be around, he made everyone feel welcome. I will miss you my friend. Looking forward to our next round of golf together.

  • Danny Minton says:

    Condolences to Jane and the family. It was a pleasure knowing and talking to Shelby. He will be missed. Looking forward to seeing him in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  • Sue Sellers Gatchell says:

    Jane and Family:
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you at this sad time. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Remember the good! Shelby always made me laugh and was such a fun person…He will be missed! Susie

  • Wade Wilson says:

    Ronnie will always be remembered because he graduated with our class and he was a close neighbor. We grew up together in the neighborhood (country) riding the same bus, in the same classroom in elementary and much of high school. I could fill pages about our time together but I will reserve those memories for my own. I know we all miss him, but he is now in an enjoyable place awaiting our arrivals.

  • Ray Offutt says:

    Jane, I just heard from Gary of Shelby’s passing. I’m so sorry for your loss. I will keep you, and your family, in my thoughts and prayers. God bless, Ray

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