The Obit For Don Shelton

Donald Shelton

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 20, 2012


PEORIA - Donald C. Shelton, 89, of Peoria passed away at 7:32 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at his residence.

Donald was born in Evansville, Ind., on May 1, 1923, a son of Marion and Henrietta (Duckworth) Shelton. He married Dorothy Meehan in Peoria on Nov. 16, 2000.

He was preceded in death by his wife of six years; his parents; and one brother, Art Shelton.

Donald is survived by his children, Lynn (David) Johnston of Mapleton and Grady Shelton of Webster, Texas; four grandchildren, Mindy (Todd) Leach of Bartonville, Michael (Michele) Johnston of Mapleton, Matthew (Julie) Johnston of Peoria and Melissa (Brian) Grice of Mapleton; eight great-grandchildren, Evan, Mitchell, Cole, C.J., Brooke, Gabrielle, Chase and Chloe; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a graduate of Bradley University.

The St. Louis Cardinals recruited him as a left-handed pitcher, but this opportunity was interrupted by World War II, where he served as a medic.

He is in the Bradley Sports Hall of Fame for Baseball, Basketball and Football.

Donald was a member of The Elk's Lodge No. 20, AMVETS and the American Legion.

He was an avid golfer and played in the Sunday Morning Baseball League for several years.

Cremation rites will be accorded. Per his request there will be no services, just think of him fondly. Entombment of ashes will be in the Chapel of Peace at Parkview Cemetery at a later date. Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Elk's Club Educational Scholarship Fund.