Lee Charles Shellman took his final boat ride atop his beloved Hayden Lake on December 10, 2009. Born December 17, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois Lee attended elementary school in Manitowoc, WI before moving with his family to Potlatch, ID, then later to Tekoa, WA where he graduated from Tekoa High School in 1956. Lee attended the University of Washington on a football scholarship, pledging Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He later transferred to the University of Idaho, where he played varsity football and baseball, graduating in 1961. Lee married the love of his life, Becky Sieveke, in 1960 prior to moving to Rochester, MN to attend the Mayo Clinic Physical Therapy School, where he received his Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 1963.
Lee established North Idaho Physical Therapy in 1968, and mended many North Idaho residents over the years. He held the oldest RPT license in the state at the time of his death. Never short of a story, Lee cherished visiting with his patients and established an incredible number of friendships over the years. He was a champion for small business, and was deeply involved in local, state, and national politics over the years.
His love of people and the community led him to a number of positions including the Vandal Scholarship National Board, Kootenai Health Board, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, an Elder of First Presbyterian Church, Chairman of the Coeur d'Alene Parks & Recreation Commission, and Chairman of the Hayden Lake Water Quality Association. Lee was a well-known fixture at local sporting events, donating his time at many athletic events for over 30 years.
The most gratifying, loving and giving part of Lee's life was that of his family. Lee leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Becky, at their home in Hayden as well as their children, Lisa Shellman & Scott (Betsy) Shellman of Coeur d'Alene, and Amy (Johnny) Farrell of Blythe, CA. He was Papa to Kurtis, Casey, Dylan, Kierstie, Mitchell and Christian, and Great Papa to Jayce. Lee's is also survived by siblings Jon (Kris) Shellman of Seattle, WA, Pamela Stack of Spokane, WA and Cathy (David) Mellstrom of Manitowoc, WI; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be this Wednesday evening from 5-7 P.M. at the Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d'Alene Chapel. The memorial service celebrating Lee's life will be 3:00 P.M. Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Lake City Community Church, 6000 N. Ramsey Rd, Coeur d'Alene. Burial will be at Coeur d'Alene Memorial Gardens. The family requests memorial donations to the Idaho Vandal Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Idaho Gift Administration, P.O. Box 443147, Moscow, ID 83844-3147; the Kootenai Medical Center Foundation, 2003 Lincoln Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814; or the First Presbyterian Church, 521 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814.