Obituary: John Newton Shelton

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

John Newton Shelton, age 92, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away Friday, December 1, 2017, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room in Fort Scott.

He was born January 28, 1925, in Littleton, Colo., the son of John Houston Shelton and Edith Baugher Shelton. He married Geraldine Marsh on June 25, 1943, in Englewood, Colo. John served with the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Following his military service, he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker in Colorado and Illinois. In 1980, John and his wife moved to Fort Scott, where he was employed by Peerless Products. John enjoyed reading and had a wealth of knowledge on various subjects. He also liked to spend time with his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Gerrie, and his seven children, Larry Shelton (Cathy), of Fort Scott, Jim Shelton, of Fort Scott, Steven Shelton (Roxanne), of Woodstock, Ill., Darryl Shelton (Deb), of Gardner, Kan., Don Shelton (Terri), Kevin Shelton and Sharon Shelton, all of Fort Scott; 23 grandchildren and more than 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Michael Shelton, and three brothers, Wayne, Bob and Don Shelton, who was his twin.

Rev. Jimmy Tucker conducted funeral services at 1:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial with military honors followed in the Clarksburg Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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