Peterson Funeral Chapel

            Michael "Mike" Schellen, 80, of Aurora was received into his Lord's arms on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Aurora Nursing Center.

            He was born on October 28, 1936 in Auburn, NE. and was adopted by Herman and Freda Schellen when he was 9 years old.  Mike was baptized and confirmed at Bazille Mills, NE. and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett, MO.  He graduated from Creighton (NE) High School and immediately volunteered for the draft.  He was a paratrooper with the 11th airborne and served in the medical squadron while stationed in Germany.  Mike was honorably discharged n 1957.  Through the years he worked as a Meat Cutter, Jeweler, and  retired from Tom Williams Machine as a Machinist where he worked for 18 years.  After "retiring", he worked as a Handyman and did beautiful woodworking.  Mike loved riding his Harley motorcycle, enjoyed playing Pinochle and kept everybody laughing while he did so.  Mike was a wonderful story teller.

            On December 6, 1959, Mike was united in marriage to Carolyn Hargis in Creighton, NE. and they were blessed with four sons.  Carolyn preceded him in death on December 11, 2003 and he was also preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Colby..  Mike married Yvonne Craghead on May 5, 2006.

            Survivors include his wife, Yvonne of the home; sons, Lawrence "Pete" Schellen and wife, Renee of Springfield, Tim Schellen and wife, Marilyn of Aurora, Mike Schellen and wife, Julie of Colleyville, TX. and James Schellen of Springfield; 1 brother, Gerry Schellen and wife, Janith of Elkhorn, NE.; 5 grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.  He was also blessed in his life with Yvonne's children, Patricia, Dale and Sonia and their children.

            A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. John's Lutheran Church in Monett under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.

            Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. in the church.

            Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Monett, MO. in care of the funeral home.