Conard Roe “Connie” Shelnut went home to be with our Lord on Oct. 12. He was born in Benton to Elbert and Bertha Shelnut on Aug. 28, 1934.
Mr. Shelnut graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1961, where he received a degree in electrical engineering. While there he was president of the electrical engineering fraternity, Tau Beta Pi. He served in the Air Force as a navigator and was later commissioned as a captain.
After graduation he went to work for Procter & Gamble as the manager of Ivory Soap before moving to Los Angeles to work with Litton Systems. The family then moved to Taichung, Taiwan, in 1964. He taught inertial navigation to the Chinese pilots. He learned Mandarin Chinese to better communicate with his students. He and his family moved to Singapore where he worked with the Singapore government for four years before moving back to California.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Donahey Shelnut of North Little Rock; a son, Russell Shelnut of Sydney, Australia, and two daughters Karen Robinson-Cope and husband Richard and Sharon Shelnut-Hand and husband Dave; and four granddaughters, all of Johns Creek, Ga.
More information on the final arrangements may be found at Southcare Funeral Home in Alpharetta, Ga.
Family notes: Connie loved golf and played four or five times weekly while living in Seoul, Korea, even in 12-15 inchesof snow, where they used orange golf balls. He was an avid fan of sports cars and started the Roswell SCC while stationed at Walker AFB in Roswell, N.M.