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Robert “Bob” Louis Shell , Jr.

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October 29, 1943  –  December 6, 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Robert L. Shell Jr., affectionately known as Bob Jr. Robert L. Shell Jr., distinguished Chairman and CEO of Guyan International, Permco, and a trailblazer in the hydraulic manufacturing industry, passed away on December 6, 2023, in Huntington, WV. As a civic leader, humanitarian, and philanthropist, Bob Jr.’s influence was profound and far-reaching, leaving an enduring legacy in the countless lives and communities he positively impacted.
Longtime resident of Huntington, WV, and with a fond connection to Singer Island, FL, Mr. Shell was instrumental in expanding Permco into an international powerhouse, employing 500 people across continents including the U.S., Africa, Switzerland, and China.
Well-respected in West Virginia’s political arena, he played significant roles in the transition teams of five state governors, notably Joe Manchin and Bob Wise, and was a trusted advisor to many in the spheres of business, education, and foreign trade.
Generosity was at the core of Shell’s ethos throughout his 80 years, evident in his unwavering support for and dedication to Marshall University and the city he held dear. His tenure as Chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors was a role he approached with honor and commitment. His substantial contributions to organizations like the United Way and the Boys & Girls Club of America were not only a testament to his desire to contribute positively to the community, but also a source of immense personal fulfillment. Shell’s significant philanthropic efforts were recognized through prestigious accolades, including inductions into the Huntington Wall of Fame and the Business Halls of Fame at both Marshall University and WVU. His dedication to his city was a defining aspect of his character, further highlighting his sincere dedication to the communities and individuals he held in such high regard.
As we honor the remarkable journey and enduring legacy of Bob Shell Jr., let us remember his extraordinary contributions and celebrate the life of a true visionary and beloved figure.
Those preceding him in death were his parents, Robert L. Shell Sr. and Doris Long Shell, and his brother Wendell Craig Shell. He leaves behind his devoted wife Lena Ji Shell, brother Bernard “Bernie” Shell (Laurie), his children Robert L. Shell III (Kim), Todd Shell (Shelley), Lisa Straehle, Danielle Shell, and Heather Shell, special nephew Zongxing Ji, former wife and mother of Robert L. Shell III, Todd Shell, and Lisa Straehle, Matilda Jane Shell along with seven grandchildren Robert Shell IV (Alicia), Samantha Shell, Blake Shell (Abi), Michael Shell, Victoria “Tori” Shell, Evelyn Shell, and Jaxon Shell.
In place of flowers, the family invites donations to a charity close to your heart, honoring Bob’s spirit of giving. Details regarding arrangements will be provided soon.
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