Donald C. Shelton, 90, of Vevay, Indiana, died Saturday. February 25, 2017, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

He was born the son of John Benjamin and Retta (Bills) Shelton on February 14, 1927, in Memphis. He was raised in Memphis, Missouri, where he attended high school.

Donald was inducted into the United States Navy on April 3, 1945, serving during World War II. He earned the American Area, Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific. Donald was honorably discharged with the rank of Seaman First Class on July 6, 1946, in St. Louis, Missouri.

He married the former Patricia Evelyn Thompson on June 5, 1947, in Troy, Kansas, and to this union arrived thirteen children to bless their home. Don and Pat shared 66 loving years of marriage together.   She preceded him in death on June 4, 2013.

Donald was employed for Monsanto Company in Addison, Ohio, retiring in 1989, after 33 years of service. He was a former police officer for the City of Rising Sun, Indiana and worked for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for several years. Don resided the past 24 years in the Switzerland County community and will be remembered for his love of golf.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; daughters, Louise Covington and Mary Ann Kuntz; infant daughter, Linda Mae Shelton; son, Donald “Rick” Shelton; infant son, Tracy Shelton; grandson, Robert Ross Richards; great-grandson, Cayden Foster; brothers, Francis, Paul, Lloyd, Gerald, David and Jack Shelton.

He is survived by his daughters: Theresa McAdams of Aurora, IN, Nancy Donegan of Vevay, IN, Tina Gutapfel and her husband: Dan of Sunman, IN, Susan Shelton of Florence, KY and Laura Tice and her husband: John of Vevay, IN; his sons: Kenneth Shelton of Vevay, IN, Paul Shelton and his wife: Chris of Alvin, TX and Marvin Shelton and his wife: Hyong Sun of Fort Hood, TX; 26-grandchildren and his numerous great-grandchildren; a brother James Shelton of Fort Madison; sister: Louise Winn of Lawrenceburg, IN; sister-in-law: Eleanora Hudson of Carthage, IL and his several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am, Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Memphis Cemetery with Dan Hite, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice and can be left at or mailed to Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent the Shelton family by signing the online guest register at

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service.