Ernest R. “Ernie” Shelton, 82, of Lagro, passed away at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at his residence.
Shelton was born in Drift, Ky. on Dec. 14, 1935, to the late Fred and Lizzie (Pack) Shelton. He married Vera Parsons on Nov. 26, 1958, who survives.
He retired as an inspector from General Motors in Marion after 35 years of service. After his retirement from General Motors in 1996, he worked for three years at Thomas Ford in Wabash and then worked more than 10 years for McDonald Funeral Homes at the Wabash and LaFontaine locations. He also spent countless hours helping and serving his church.
In 1982, Ernie began his walk with Christ and from then on he was a faithful servant. He was an active member of the Wabash Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and as a trustee of the church. He coached Pony League and Little League.
Mr. Shelton was also a member of the UAW of Marion. His favorite activity was spending time with his family, whom he loved very much. He also enjoyed family reunions, playing with his grandkids and sharing childhood memories.
Along with his wife, he is survived by a son: Derrick S. Shelton, Wabash; a daughter: Adrena Crace, Wabash; grandchildren: Justin (Melissa) Shelton, Clermont, Fla., Heather (Tyler) Bashlor, Canyon County, Calif., Brittany Shelton, Florida, Chelsea (Joe) Beard of Warsaw and Carlee Crace, Wabash; a brother: Fred Shelton, Jr., Martin, Ky. and six great-grandchildren: Blake Orth, Kamron Orth, Kylan Bashlor, Khloe Bashlor, Brock Shelton and Kensley Thompson. He was preceded in death by one son, Maurice Shelton.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Wabash Free Will Baptist Church, 1056 Erie St., Wabash with Pastor Tod Masters officiating. Burial will follow in the Lagro Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, IN 46992.
Preferred memorials are to the Wabash Free Will Baptist Church, 1056 Erie St, Wabash, Indiana 46992.