Jerry Pete Shelton, 85, Shell Knob, Mo.: June 13, 1936 – June 24, 2021 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Jerry Pete Shelton, 85, Shell Knob, Mo.: June 13, 1936 – June 24, 2021

SHELL KNOB, Mo. – Jerry Pete Shelton, 85, of Shell Knob, Mo., passed away Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo., from COVID. Jerry was born June 13, 1936, in LeRoy, Kan., the son of John Douglas and Freda Stokes. He was raised by Stacy Pete and Sadie Stokes.

On June 5, 1960, in Osage City, Kan., he was united in marriage to Bonnie Sue Brock.

He received his education in several schools in several states due to living with his grandfather, who worked on a bridge gang for the railroad. He ended up at School of the Ozarks, now known as College of the Ozarks. He left school his junior year and joined the U.S Army. He was a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne, Company 503. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After his service he joined his grandfather in Osage City, where he met his wife, Bonnie, in 1957.

He worked several jobs and ended up with Universal Foods Corp as a regional sales manager, covering 13 states. He worked there for 35 years, retiring in 1997. At that time, he was the only employee who had been there that long. In 1997, he and his wife moved to Shell Knob to make their home.

He was a member of the Shell Knob Lions Club, Central Crossing Masonic Lodge No. 674, Shell Knob Shrine Club, and VFW Post 2203. He also volunteered at the Central Crossing Senior Center.

Some of his favorite pastimes were traveling with Bonnie on their motorcycle, golfing, boating, and taking cruises. He wanted to take just one more cruise to make it 10 last year, but had to cancel due to COVID.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; and several cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents, grandparents, and three half brothers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, with a ceremony held by VFW Post 2203, at Fohn Funeral Home, in Shell Knob. Elder Jerry Arnold will conduct the services. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Following services, lunch will be served at the Shell Knob VFW.

Burial with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at Osage City Cemetery, Osage City.

Contributions can be made in Jerry’s memory to VFW Post 2203, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Central Crossing Senior Center, or Haven of the Ozarks, sent in care of Fohn Funeral Home, 1303 N. Main St., Cassville, MO 65625. See

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