IRA MORRIS "DICK" SHELTON
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Ira Morris "Dick" Shelton, 79, of Brawley, who died Friday in San Diego.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Western Avenue Baptist Church in Brawley. The Rev. Wesley Smith will officiate.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.
Mr. Shelton was born Nov. 25, 1922, in Yakima, Wash., and was raised there. He attended schools and graduated from Selah High School in Selah, Wash., in 1941.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942, serving in Bougainville, Guadacanal, Guam and Iwo Jima. He retired from the military on Jan. 8, 1946.
He married Juanita Wills in Yuma on June 2, 1945. The Sheltons came to the Imperial Valley in 1947, settling in Brawley, where Mr. Shelton began working at C.F. Moore Electric and later purchased the company with his partner, Fred Accord. They operated the company until 1985.
Mr. Shelton served as a director of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce from 1975 to 1981 and then on the transportation coalition for the widening of Highway 86 into a four-lane highway.
He was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church for 50 years, where he was a deacon, treasurer, superintendent and Sunday school teacher. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, according to family.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Shelton of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Micheal and Carolyn Shelton of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Karin and Dick Ashurst of Westmorland and Judy and Gary Witt of Lewisville, Texas; daughter, Nancy Shelton of Union Grove, Wis.; grandchildren, David Shelton of Willcox, Ariz., Mark Shelton of Imperial, Bryan Ashurst and Aimee Shelton, both of Brawley, Kyle Witt of Uvalde, Texas, Kevin Witt of Yuma, Kalin Witt of Roseville, Mich., Shannon Sassie of Capitan, N.M., Valerie Dichiara of Sacramento and Kara Ashurst of New York City; brothers, Ray Shelton of Sun City, Ariz., and Frank Shelton of Longview, Wash.; sister, Lucy Day of Tacoma, Wash.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be sent to Shepherd's Home, 1805 15th Ave., Union Grove, WI 52183. For more information call (262) 878-5620.