October 2, 1932 ~ February 15, 2022

Born in: Owensboro, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

William “Bill” Shelton, 89, passed away February 15, 2022, at home surrounded by loved ones. Bill was born October 2, 1932, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to the late Ottrell Lee Shelton, Sr. and Thelma Lee Tichenor. He worked at GE and MPD for 35 years and at the public library for 50 years. Bill was a faithful member of St. Martin Catholic Church; there, he was a member of the choir and served as a lector. He was also a member of the GE Choir and the Darnek Club.

Bill enjoyed dancing, gardening, his grandchildren, chickens, and especially his dog Katie. He was also a cheerleader during his high school years at Owensboro High School.

Along with his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his brothers, Ottrell Lee “Joe” Shelton, Jr. and James Edgar “Jim” Shelton.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Jane Carlin Shelton; his children, William “Bill” (Ann) Shelton Jr. of Louisville, Norman “Wayne” (Karen) Shelton of Philpot, James (Shelly) Shelton of Madisonville, Janet (Paul) Layman of Utica, Lea Ann Wilson of Owensboro, and Michael “Mike” (Samantha) Shelton of Owensboro; his grandchildren, Lyn (Bryan), Elizabeth (Jacob), William III (Kristin), Benjamin (Stephanie), Karissa (Jeremy), Charlie (Becky), Derek (Michelle), Kaylie (Seth), Taylor (Amy), Jody (Michaela), Brian, Paul W. (Ginny), Rob (Samantha), Sara (Clayton), Steve (Meghan), Mike (Ashley), Allee (Bradley), Edward, Maggie, Jane Dawson, Michael, Alyssa, and Ryker; 37 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Mike (Beth) Carlin; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Byron and Diane Lane.

Service will be 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at St. Martin Catholic Church with Father Pat Bittel celebrating. Burial to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, February 21, 2022, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory and again on Tuesday February 22, 2022 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Shelton.  Share your messages of condolence with the family of William “Bill” Shelton and sign his virtual guestbook by going to www.haleymcginnis.com


Visitation: February 21, 2022 2:00 pm - February 21, 2022 8:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Visitation: February 22, 2022 8:00 am - February 22, 2022 10:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Service: February 22, 2022 10:30 am

St. Martin Catholic Church
5856 KY 81
Owensboro, KY 42301


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  1. The Shelton family was a great, fun group! Bill and Jane loved their children with a love uncompared to anything. Sorry for the loss to the family. May the great memories keep you smiling☺️

  2. Shelton family
    Jane and all the rest of the family
    We are so very sorry for your loss .We are praying for each and everyone of you .
    Bill “Papaw “will always be in our hearts ♥️

  3. Bill was certainly a blessing to so many people. I loved talking to him during the 33 years I worked with him at the Daviess County Public Library. Bill always had a compliment and a few words of advice. Mike and I loved visiting with Bill and Jane over the years. I know Bill is rejoicing in Heaven and having a wonderful time.

  4. Mr. Shelton was a special friend to our family. He loved our dad (Jimmy Wedding)so much. I remember so many times walking to his house and playing with Janet and Leanne. My prayers are with you all!

  5. Mr. Shelton was a sweet man, I’ve known him my whole life, I grew up with his kids, played many baseball games with them in Lanes front yard. My prayers are with your family..God bless.

  6. Thank you Bill for all the smiles and laughter you gave me every day. Working with you brought joy to my day. You are greatly missed.

  7. I worked with Bill at the public library for many years. He always made me smile and laugh. I loved his devlish grin and that twinkle in his eye. I will miss him dearly. Heaven is full of laughter for sure!

  8. Mrs.Jane
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a good friend to me started with the first time I met him. Always had words of advice and a ear to lend to my rantings. He was a good person and will be missed.

  9. Prayers to my friend Lea Ann Wilson and the rest of Bill’s family. May God bless you all during your loss of a great man.

  10. We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a very funny man and raised a great bunch of children. Prayers for you all.
    Elaine (Clark) Drury and Dickie Drury

  11. Dear Jane and family,
    I have lost so many friends and family; Bill was a part of my family for so many years. No one could beat him for personality! Here’s hoping he finds Horace and John and they have a good reunion. I am home -bound now, with crippling arthritis, but I’ll be there in spirit on Tuesday.
    I love you all. Martha

  12. I met Bill in 1968. I was recruited from Ireland by GE and my first assignment was Owensboro. I was new to the USA, Kentucky, Owensboro and GE.
    Bill Shelton was one of the first to understand that I was struggling to understand everything.
    He “temporarily” adopted me and was always there to answer the many questions I had.
    I loved my “temporary dad” Bill Shelton. We have lost a special man with a huge heart and I can only imagine how his family must miss him and I pray they find his memory a blessing.

  13. William Owen “Bill” Shelton was one of the most loving people I’ve met in my life! He never met a stranger. Every time I saw him he had the biggest smile on his face and greeted me with open arms. You will truly be missed my friend!! It’s not good bye it’s I will see you later!!! Take your well deserved rest.

  14. I worked with Bill for over 20 years at the Daviess County Public Library and he was one of my biggest supporters and friends. I cherished the times I worked with him on many nights and weekends through the years. I loved his sense of humor and I loved the fact that my parents got to meet him some years ago too and we’re also very fond of him as well.
    Please accept my sincere condolences. However, I also know without a doubt that he is having a marvelous time in Heaven.

  15. My first job out of college, 1969, was at GE in Owensboro and Bill was a key local who helped introduce this kid from ND to the Southern ways. He was a gentle and kind man with a big heart and big laugh. I’ll never forget how badly he embarrassed in a room of a hundred or more women assembling vacuum tubes. He truly enjoyed seeing me blush bright red.
    Dixie and I extend our sympathies to his family and his many friends. I’m sure he’s causing a lot of giggles and laughter in our Father’s paradise. Rest in eternal peace, Bill.

  16. I had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years at the public library. He was truly one of the kindest and funniest men I have ever known. He was never without a story or a joke to cheer you up or make you laugh out loud. The building was a much quieter place after his retirement. My prayers go out to the Shelton family, and I know Mr. Bill has a special spot in Heaven.

  17. Many great memories with Papaw Shelton. Such a funny man, and a dancing machine. He will be missed by many. Peace and comfort to his family.

  18. “You got it made!”
    Bill would always say this to me when he saw me at work. I worked with him at the Daviess County Public Library. Bill was a giant of a man. Always a helping hand, a kind word, a joke ready for anyone and everyone. He was truly the best of us. He will be missed.

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