James Allen Shelby


(Nov. 23, 1946 - Aug. 18, 2011)

James Allen Shelby died Thursday, Aug. 18 at his home in Powell. He was 64.

Jim was born Nov. 23, 1946 in Basin to Ernest and Edith (Dill) Shelby. He graduated from Basin High School and Northwest Community College with an associate of arts degree and welding certificate.

On Feb. 5, 1981, Jim married the love of his life, Carolyn Lynch. The couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary this past February.

Jim worked as a welder, purchasing agent for Shoshone Irrigation and manager for the Willwood Irrigation District, and then later at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Jim attended Hope Lutheran Church and served on many committees and held offices at his church. He also was involved in a number of local clubs, including the Optimists Club, Powell Lions Club, Eagles, Elks, Roaring 20s Car Club, and High Plains Classic Car Club.

He was “Mr. Fix It” for anyone who needed help. Jim enjoyed camping, snowmobiling, cars and was an avid sports fan.

Jim was a wonderfully loving husband, father and grandfather. Being a grandfather was among Jim’s greatest joys in life.

One of Jim’s proudest moments was being the best man for his grandson’s wedding.

He will be loved and missed by those who knew him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Edith Shelby; sister Jackie Marchant; nephews Jay Marchant and Don George; brother-in-law Dan Binger; and grandson Michael Shelby.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carolyn; son Danan Henrichs of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughters L’nette Doely of Powell and Brenda (Patrick) Shelby of Northfield, Minn.; sisters Jeanette Adams of Billings and Joan George of Belfry, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Eric (Alaina) Doely, Laurie Johnson, Troy Palmer, Jace Henrichs, Halie Henrichs, William Shelby and David Shelby; and two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Dylan Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the Nelson Performing Arts Center at Northwest College with Pastor Bill Spencer and Pastor Larry Vinson officiating.

Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery and a reception will take place afterward at Hope Lutheran Church.

Memorials in Jim’s honor may be made to Hope Lutheran Church in care of Carolyn Shelby.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.