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  • Gordon Ardel Shelton

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  • Gordon Shelton, 92, passed away April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday. He was born Christmas Eve, 1921. Gordon was born and raised in Pittsburg, Texas. After school he joined the 3-C's where he learned to weld, later becoming a Master Welder, working on heavy equipment.
    In 1942 Gordon joined the Army Air Corps and ended up in Medford, Ore. working as a radio technician at the Medford Airport. In 1944 Gordon met Thelma Severson and in June of 1946 they were married. After the war ended Gordon worked as a welder in the valley and, in 1954, joined the Medford Fire Department. He was so impressed by their actions after a fire in his house he decided to check them out and ended up becoming a fireman. 27 years later, Gordon retired from the Medford Fire Department as a Battalion Chief!
    Before and after retirement, Gordon and Thelma and their family of four children enjoyed water skiing on the local lakes and, of course, the Rogue River above Savage Rapid Dams. They also enjoyed camping and square dancing and, later in life, Gordon became an avid bicyclist, sometimes riding as much as 100 miles a day. Between his bike and square dancing he and Thelma drove their fifth wheel all over the United States, going from coast to coast on one occasion. They later became camp hosts at Lake Cahuilla, Calif.; Thelma manning the front gate and Gordon using his welding skills to rebuild gates, fences, and building barbecues and picnic tables. They did this for 17 years in a row, as long as five months at a time, enjoying every minute of it.
    Gordon was, unfortunately, preceded in death by his son, Mark; daughter, Sandra; and two brothers and and two sisters in Texas. He is survived by his wife, Thelma; daughters, Sonya Waddell of Alabama and Susan Kline of Medford; two brothers, Carl and Reggie of Texas; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Gordon will be laid to rest at Eagle Point National Cemetery. In honor of his wishes, no services will be held.
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