Jerry Pete Shelton
Jerry Pete Shelton age 85 of Shell Knob, Missouri, passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri from Covid. Jerry was born June 13,1936 in LeRoy, Kansas the son of John Douglas and Freda Stokes. On June 5, 1960 in Osage City, Kansas he was united in marriage to Bonnie Sue Brock. They had no children. He was raised by Stacy Pete and Sadie Stokes. He is survived by his wife of the home and several cousins.
Preceding him in death were his parents, grandparents and three half brothers.
He received his education in several schools in several states due to living with his grandfather who worked on a bridge gang for the railroad. He ended up at School of the Ozarks, now known as College of the Ozarks. He left school his junior year and joined the U.S Army. He was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne, Company 503. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
After his service he joined his grandfather in Osage City, Kansas, where he met his wife, Bonnie in 1957.
He worked several jobs and ended up with Universal Foods Corp as a Regional Sales Manager covering 13 states. He worked there for 35 years retiring in 1997. At that time, he was the only employee who had been there that long. In 1997 he and his wife moved to Shell Knob to make their home.
He was a member of the Shell Knob Lions Club, Central Crossing Masonic Lodge #674, Shell Knob Shrine Club and the VFW Post 2203. He also volunteered at the Central Crossing Senior Center.
Some of his favorite pastimes were traveling with Bonnie on their motorcycle, golfing, boating and taking cruises. He wanted to take just one more cruise to make it 10 last year, but had to cancel due to covid.
Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 28, 2021 with a ceremony held by VFW Post 2203 at Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob. Elder Jerry Arnold will conduct the services.
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Monday at Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob.
Following services lunch will be served at the Shell Knob VFW.
Burial with military honors will be at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at Osage City Cemetery in Osage City, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VFW Post 2203, Shriners Hospital for Children, Central Crossing Senior Center or Haven of the Ozarks in memory of Jerry.
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