Charles W. Shelhammer, 85, passed away Nov. 10, 2008. Preceded in death by his wife, Margaret 'Peggy' Shelhammer; sister, Lois Hemsath; parents, Cash and Vera Shelhammer; and special friend, Bernie Bell. Survived by his daughters, Cathy Jean (David) McGregor and Diana Jo (Richard) Cozzetta; grandchildren, Nathan, Sasha and Richard; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Elijah and Beija; and siblings, Richard, Tom, Shirley and Jim Shelhammer. Charles was born in Pueblo on January 14, 1923. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Pintado, during World War II, and worked at the Army Depot until his retirement in 1976. After his retirement, Charles volunteered at Risley and Carlile schools, helping children with their math, as he considered education very important. He loved his family unconditionally and was kind and compassionate to animals. Viewing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial service, 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Those who desire may make memorials to TREC or Frontier Hospice, Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003 Online condolences,

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  1. To Jodie,Kathy, Nathan, Sasha and the kids:
    I am sorry for your loss…Charlie was very special to me and the girls while he was part of our lives. Although the loss is hard I am happy he is not sruggling to live and has joined his beloved Peggy.
    May you all find peace in knowing that he is happy and whole.
    Peace and love to you all
    Sue, Ali and Cassie

  2. You will miss him, but he has gone to join Peggy. I was so glad you had his photos in the paper. We hadn’t known he was in the navy or that he had volunteered at the schools. I can still see him walking past and visiting with the neighbors, and one time he showed me the painting he was doing.

  3. Diana & family: I never knew a more “gentle” & sweet man than Charlie. I can’t believe it’s been so many yrs since I worked for your Mom & Dad. We became friends immediately! Eddie & I always said IF our MARRIAGE could just be half of what theirs was – it’d be the best ever. And we HAVE tried to model ours after them. What a great example they were for us! I miss Peggy so much & now I can SMILE that her & Charlie are together again. I cherish MANY wonderful memories of Charlie – one in particular was when I dressed up as a kid, trick or treating at Halloween. I refused Charlie’s goodies & he was so perplexed as WHAT to do. When I finally “revealed” myself we all had the hugest laugh! We really enjoyed having him for a meal 11 yrs ago & got to know him a lot better. Last I seen him (at Legacy) he told me “I’m sorry I don’t remember you but I’d love it if you come back to visit me again because I just LOVED talking to you”! I only wished I’d had more time to go visit then. I am going through the same thing with MY Mother & it consumes my time, but OH how our parents are worth it!!! Both daughters and all the grandkids: just KNOW that Charlie (& Peggy) were VERY PROUD of you all (they told me OFTEN)!!! We’ll remember you all in our prayers! Love, Susan & Eddie

  4. Diana,
    I was so sorry to hear about your dad. I wish that I could be there. Remember our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always.
    Jim, Amy, Zach, Ben, Amelia and Nick.

  5. Diana,
    I was so sorry to hear about your father. He was a really sweet man. Gary always enjoyed stopping by and visiting with him when he lived on the eastside. You are in my thoughts and prayers Diana. How handsome he looked in his naval uniform!
    Love Kay

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