1934 - August 29, 2011
Jerry Edward Shelton, 77, was born June 19, 1934, in Craig, to James and Vivian Shelton. He was the sixth of eight children. His younger brother, Bobby, and older sister, Treva, survive him.
He attended Moffat County schools and spent his free time and summers riding the back roads and trails throughout Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco and Garfield counties as a ranch hand.
In May 1954, Jerry met a beautiful, dark-haired, dark-eyed girl from Oak Creek on a blind date. He was smitten and proposed a few months later.
On Oct. 24, 1954, he married Anna Marion Schakel. She likes to say they met on a blind date and he’s been blind ever since.
They spent their early married years in Denver, but they both missed the prairies and mountains of Northwest Colorado and decided to move their family back to Craig permanently in 1974. He worked as a mechanic for Trapper Mine until he retired in 1988.
His retirement years were spent enjoying the great outdoors he loved so much. He was passionate about golf and he soon had Annie and others in the family taking up the sport. His love of golf helped make the decision to spend the winter months in Arizona so they were able to play year-round.
His deep faith in God helped him through many difficult times and sustained him in his last days. He was determined to share his faith with as many as he could before he left this world. He touched many lives.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, five siblings, and his son, Steven.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter Debra Lueck; son Michael Shelton; daughters-in-law Bev Shelton and Jean Shelton; grandchildren Tracy and Chris Spencer, Jeremy Lueck, Jon and Shea Matthews, Justin Matthews, Jean-Pierre and Conny Petuya, and Rachel Shelton; and great-grandchildren Tyler, Brenden, and Alyssa Spencer, Ryan Lueck, and Dakota and Kaitlyn Ahlstrom.
Jerry joined his loved ones in heaven Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. He was laid to rest Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at Craig Cemetery, surrounded by his family and friends, followed by a celebration of his life at his Craig home.
The family suggests donations be made to Hospice Services of Northwest Colorado through the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, in his name, as the services were a great help, and they offer an invaluable service to the community.