Edward Allen Shelton

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Edward Allen Shelton, 85, of Roachdale, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, Sept. 3, 2020 at home with his loving family by his side.

“Lil Eddie” was born March 4, 1935 in Arlington County, Mo., to a large family. Growing up, he was one of eight children and despite his mother’s best attempts to get him into his sisters’ socks, Lil Eddie never succumbed to the pressure and led a long, happy and successful life.

He attended school in Pittsfield, Ill., where he played on an undefeated state football team. Later, he married his beautiful wife Deloris on Oct. 16, 1954 and on their 65th wedding anniversary, they took their family to the same restaurant they once visited early in their marriage.

Ed also joined the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany during peacetime. Afterward, he worked at GM Allison’s in computer operations and upon retiring in 1995, he began farming full time. Other hobbies included traveling with Deloris, fishing and studying the Civil War.

But above all, his face shone brightest when visiting and playing with his five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. At one point or another, all grandchildren imagined riding a horse as they bounced up and down on his leg with grandpa exclaiming, “Alright, Paint, let’s get where we ain’t!” He was such an incredible, fun and loving grandpa!

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, son Brian and grandson Ryan.

Survivors include his wife Deloris, son Brad (wife Lorrie), daughter-in-law Kim, granddaughter Heather (husband Kurt Hare and their three children Caleb, Ryan and Annie), grandson Zach, granddaughter Adrianna, granddaughter Alex, grandson Kyle and dear family friend Jamie Hoover.


A graveside service will be held at Fairview Cemetery in North Salem on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. And while we understand it can be frustrating, please plan to wear a mask in guidance with current COVID regulations, as we want everyone to stay healthy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are suggested to the Wheeler Mission Ministries.