John Lawrence Schell, 81, of Murphy, passed Monday, July 25, 2017, into the presence of our Lord at home, cared for by his wife, Vivian.
He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and raised in Tampa, Fla. In his career, he lived in eight states, District of Columbia and five countries. Many of these locations allowed him to enjoy his favorite water sports, sailing, Iron Man competition and marathon running.
John spent 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps; two years at the Bank of Hawaii, where he designed the online security system for the first ATMs; 14 years with Lee County, Fla., administration, where he worked for Florida Supreme Court System, designing their Witness Management Program still used today; and 13 years with the U.S. Postal Service, rising to postmaster in Culberson.
He helped establish the Marine Corps League in Andrews and was a lifetime member.
His longest residency was 21 years in Murphy, one of his favorite places.
John was predeceased by his father, Lawrence Schell; mother, Myrtle Lechner; and one brother, Richard Schell.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, John J. Schell; daughter, Adria Y. Schell; sister, Joann Armstrong; brothers, William and Joseph Schell; mother-in-law, Estelle Wilson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces and inlaws, most residing in Florida.
A Celebration of Life Catholic Mass will be held Monday, Aug. 28, at St. William Catholic Church. There will be a meeting of family and friends from 10-11 a.m. and Mass at 11 a.m. After mass, the Marine Corps League will present the military funeral service and a light lunch to follow in the church commons.
You may send tributes to the family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.