Stephen K. Shelton
Date: Thursday, January 19
Time: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Pkwy., Wentzville, MO
Date: Friday, January 20
Time: 10:00 am
Wentzville United Methodist Church, Wentzville, MO
Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, MO at 2:30 pm
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation (1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714) or to Wentzville United Methodist Church Benevolent Fund in care of Pitman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO 63385.
Stephen Kent Shelton was born on October 3, 1950, to Kent and Dorothy (Chambers) Shelton. He grew up in Columbia, MO, in a loving family, the oldest of four siblings. His lifelong love of sports, especially Mizzou Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals, began at age six when his dad took him to Mizzou football and basketball games. He played baseball and often said the best time of his life was when his little league team made it to regionals at age twelve. He also played tennis and racquetball for many years.
In 1972, Steve graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelorís degree in Accounting. He then passed the CPA exam and went to work for the public accounting firm, Arthur Young and Company. Later, he worked for Coca-Cola, Consolidated Aluminum, and True Manufacturing, where he spent 27 years, retiring in 2014.
Steve met his beloved wife Ruth (Withrow) when they were high school sweethearts at Columbia Hickman High School. After his graduation from college, they married on June 3, 1972. They had a son, Matt, and a daughter, Stephanie, before settling in St. Charles, MO. As a family, they enjoyed taking vacations, playing tennis, and carrying on the tradition of being avid Mizzou Tiger fans.
In the past year, Steve was able to take his family on vacation to Oahu, Hawaii. He also was able to attend several Cardinal baseball games and take a trip to Mackinac Island.
After a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer, Steve passed away peacefully on January 15, 2017.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; his son Matt and his wife Angie (Miller) Shelton and their three children Luke, Alex, and Liam; daughter Stephanie Miller and her son Zack; brother Scott and his wife Linda (Wehmeyer) Shelton; sister Pam Robb and her husband Will; and sister Janet Shelton.