Andy Schelin, 57, of Independence, died Sunday morning at the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack Gregory, pastor, officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Spring River Cemetery near Verona, Missouri. Penwell-Gabel Webb & Rodrick Chapel of Independence is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The family has suggested memorial remembrances to the Spring River Cemetery. Remembrances will be received at the funeral home.
John Andrew Schelin was born March 10, 1952 at Monett, Missouri, the son of Albert Victor Schelin and Jennie (Means) Schelin. He attended Monett schools and graduated from Monett High School in 1970. He then attended the University of Missouri in Rolla, Missouri and graduated in 1976 with a degree in metallurgical engineering. He began employment with Granite City Steel in Granite City, Illinois. His career included employment with McDonnell Douglas, Alcoa, Haldex and he finished his career with John Deere in Coffeyville. He retired in May of 2009.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Independence, the Independence Country Club and was an avid golfer, St. Louis Cardinals fan and University of Missouri Tigers fan. He was also active in several Neewollah productions.
He is survived by: his mother, Jennie Schelin, of Verona, Missouri; one brother, Victor Schelin, of Eldridge, Iowa; two sisters, Miriam Childers, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and Ingrid Papen, of Independence; nieces and nephews, Eric Schelin, Adam Schelin, Ryan Schelin, all of Eldridge, Iowa; Aubrey Papen, Logan Papen and Calisse Papen, all of Independence.
He was preceded in death by his father.