Jack Walter Shelley
August 3, 2006
Jack Walter Shelley, born Dec. 11, 1912, in Coldwater, Kan., died at his home in Reno on July 22. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Catherine, one brother, and nine sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl, of Truckee, CA, and son Robert, of Reno, grandson Robert, 3, great-grandchildren and other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jack came to Nevada in the ’30s and worked for Pettes in Reno. He then went to the Denver School of Pharmacy. In the early ’40s he was partners in his first pharmacy in Hawthorne, Nev. He sold out after being drafted into the Navy in 1942, where he became a pharmacist mate.
After the war, he opened the store in Minden, Nev. In 1948 he started Stateline Pharmacy in Harveys, Wagon Wheel at Lake Tahoe. He commented on the windy, dirt road of Kingsbury Grade only in the summer until he moved his family to Lake Tahoe in 1951. He had the first drug store in Lake Tahoe. He later became partners with his nephew, Rudy Shelley, in Shelley’s Bijou Drug. He had the pharmacy in Tahoe City and a sundries store at Zephyr Cove.
He loved Lake Tahoe. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He loved his family, friends and his German Wirehair Pointers. A celebration of his life will be held at Round Hill Pines Beach, on Aug. 21, at 11 a.m.
Our family would like to thank Debra Moore and her wonderful staff at Cypress Court at Reno for their loving care of our father. In lieu of flowers, send your donations to The Memory Walk c/o Cypress Court at Reno, 3105 Plumas St., Reno, NV 89507, this is a nonprofit organization to benefit Alzheimer’s research.