William “Bill” Schellenbach II

May 15, 1941 – Dec. 19, 2021

William “Bill” Schellenbach II went to be with his Heavenly Father Dec. 19, 2021 after a rapidly progressing battle with Lewy body dementia. He passed peacefully at home with his beloved wife of 55 years by his side.

Mr. Schellenbach was born in Ft. Wayne on May 15, 1941 to Bill and Evelyn Schellenbach and was the oldest of their three children.

He was a proud member of the US Navy where he served on the USS Monrovia as an electronic technician. Being a Navy Veteran was a great source of pride for him in recent years and was most often seen wearing a US Navy baseball cap.

Once he returned from the Navy, he met and married the love of his life, Janet L Keeler on April 23, 1966. About the same time he began his 35 year career at General Telephone (GTE). At GTE he spent most of his career as a technical writer and course developer. After retiring from GTE he spent several years as a realtor at FC Tucker.

He and Jan shared the passion of caring for others and over seven years cared for 22 foster children in their home ranging from premature newborn babies to 10 years old. After moving to Noblesville in the early 1980’s, he became involved in the leadership at Christ Lutheran Church in Noblesville where he served in various capacities. More recently, he was a disciple at Cornerstone Lutheran in Carmel, where he and Jan are part of the Prayer Warriors Ministry. His faith and testimony were the most important to him and he continued to lead his family in love right to the very end. He was a strong man of faith dedicated to service with a deep love for his family. He was also a volunteer at Riverview Hospital.

He and Jan are parents to two daughters, Ann (Wally) Gerber and Elizabeth Spiller. He is proud Poppy to Jacob and Nickolas Gerber and Jonathan Spiller. His family has always been his first priority and a great source of joy.

Other survivors include his nephew who is like a son, Thomas F Keeler (wife, Lisa and children Heidi Wilhelm and Kyle Keeler); brother, Dan (Carol) Schellenbach; sister, Nancy (Randy) Miller; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Troy Miller.

The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Bill Kirsch, as well the nurses and the rest of the staff at Transitions Hospice that allowed him to remain home. Rejoice in the Lord, again I say rejoice.

Visitation is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with services scheduled at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, 4850 E. Main Street, in Carmel.  Pastor Scott Giger will officiate.  Burial is scheduled at noon on Dec. 23, 2021 at Concordia Cemetery Gardens, 5365 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne.  Arrangements are being handled by Randall and Roberts Funeral Homes of Noblesville.

Memorial contributions to Cornerstone Lutheran Church, 4850 E. Main Street, Carmel.