Clinton 'Van' Shelhamer
June 8, 1945 ~ April 12, 2013
April 17, 2013 2:00 P.M.
Clinton Van Shelhamer passed away unexpectedly April 12, 2013. He was born June 8, 1945, the son of Clinton Shelhamer and Grace Jeffries Elliott. Van was raised on a ranch on Brackett Creek outside of Clyde Park, MT, until 1954 when the family moved to Clyde Park. He attended school at Brackett Creek School, and graduated from Clyde Park High School. He attended Montana State College, receiving his BS in Agriculture Education in 1967, and then began teaching Agricultural Education at Conrad High School in Conrad, MT. In 1978, he moved to Montana State University to become a professor of agricultural education. He completed his formal education with a doctorate of vocational education in 1982 at Colorado State University and returned to Montana State University until retiring in 2003.
During Van’s career, the number of individuals he challenged, mentored, and pushed onward are too numerous to mention. He felt their success was his success. He was involved in countless organizations serving in multiple capacities.
Following his retirement from MSU, he began his second career teaching the application of technology. He thoroughly enjoyed learning the aspects of and teaching GPS (Global Position Systems) and GIS (Global Information Systems). Van continued teaching GIS and GPS until his passing.
Van was also a farmer, taking the responsibility for the Graham family farm southeast of Livingston, MT. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent there with his John Deere tractor planting and harvesting winter wheat, fixing fence, spraying weeds, and all the other things that needed to be attended to. Much of the time at the farm was spent with his grandchildren. His love of teaching shone through as Van taught them the ways of a farmer and horsemanship. It was there he joined his heavenly family.
Van was a member of Valley View Golf Club, spending many summer months on the course usually in tow of a couple of grandchildren.
Van is survived by his wife, Connie; children, Will (Cheryl) Shelhamer and Tana (Joe) Steiner; grandchildren, Asa, Willy, Grace and Cassy; sister, Lynn (Roger) Hendrickson; and brothers, Vic (Margaret) Shelhamer and Donald (Barbara) Elliott. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Arlene Graham, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Rodney Shelhamer.
Services will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 2:00 P.M. at Bozeman United Methodist Church, 121 S. Willson. A reception will follow at the Valley View Golf Club, 302 E. Kagy Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the College of Agriculture Scholarship Fund, PO Box 172860, Bozeman, MT 59717-2860 or to the Montana FFA Foundation, 502 S. 19th, Ste. 110, Bozeman, MT 59718.
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