DES MOINES, Iowa Martin Rogers Shell passed away on April 15, 2019, at Kavanagh House hospice in Des Moines, after a brief battle with cancer.
Rogers was born Sept. 23, 1933, to Martin Albert and Ruth Anne (Maricle) Shell in Fairbank, Iowa.
He graduated from Osawatomie, Kansas, High School in 1951; served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956; and graduated from Pittsburgh State College, Kansas, in 1960. For 30 years, he worked with the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service.
In addition to his grandchildren and family, Rogers passion in retirement was directing bluebird house construction and monitoring bluebird nesting activities. His goal was to revitalize the bluebird population in Iowa.
Rogers is survived by: his wife, of 54 years, Delores; son, John (Patti) of Burlington, Kansas; daughters Terri, of Albany, Oregon, and Jean (Matt) McGrory, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; grandchildren, Taylor and Grant Shell, Mary Claire and Walt McGrory; sisters, Camilla Dobbs, of Little Canada, Minnesota, and Charmaine (Joe) Knickerbocker, of Independence, Kansas; and first wife Linda (Whitaker), of Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Charles.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Raccoon River Nature Lodge in Des Moines, on Friday, June 7, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Polk County Conservation Bluebird Revitalization. As published in the Miami County Republic.