Ocean City Today

Charles Herbert Shelton

Apr 12, 2018


Ocean Pines

Charles Herbert Shelton, 71, died early Friday morning, March 30, 2018, at his home in Ocean Pines, Maryland.

Born Jan. 6, 1947 in Wilmington, Delaware to Patricia and Herbert Shelton, he joined a growing family as the Shelton’s second child.

He and his older brother, France, would spend their childhood years watching their family quickly grow in Newark, Delaware. His sisters, Barbara and Terry, were born before the family moved to a three-bedroom home in Newark.

The family continued to grow, with twin sisters, Laura and Linda, followed by brother, Chris, and his youngest sister, Paula, who was born just before his father passed away in 1964.

Chuck spent his early years living in Newark, Delaware, where he found many friends that would remain close to him through his last day.

One middle school friend became a Newark High School sweetheart, and then his wife of nearly 50 years. Dorothy Swan and Chuck were married in 1968, and began their own family.

After a brief period in the Delaware National Guard and Technology School, he went to work as a computer programmer for Huber’s Bakery in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1972 his first son, Dan, was born, and in 1974 his son, Matt, was born.

The family moved to Yorkshire in Newark, Delaware, where they lived for 11 years. He went to work as a systems analyst for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) where he worked for several clients over the years, spending most of his time at Continental American Life Insurance in Christiana, Delaware.

He enjoyed sailing out of Havre de Grace Yacht Club in Maryland, camping, and the occasional golf game as he raised his young family.

After a brief 10-month experiment with living on a farm in Oxford, Pennsylvania, the family moved to Glen Farms in Elkton, Maryland.

After three years working as a nationwide consultant for EDS out of Dallas, Texas and returning home each weekend, he returned to work for his former client, Continental American Life. In 1988, he and his family joined Newark Country Club, where he had been a caddy as a teenager, and he became an avid golfer.

Chuck retired from his technology career in 2002 and split his days between selling cars and golfing. After a few years living in Georgian Circle, in Newark, Delaware, Chuck and Dorothy moved to Ocean Pines, Maryland.

In Ocean Pines, Chuck became a life-long member of Ocean Pines Country Club, and for the first couple years spent more time golfing than selling cars, until he fully retired to golf life in 2009.

He enjoyed traveling, golfing, reading, boating and spending time with his wife, children, six grandchildren, his large extended family, and his many friends.

Chuck enjoyed traveling. He and Dorothy explored the world together and with their friends. They also traveled up and down the East Coast visiting many friends and family along the way.

In 2015, he began a notable physical decline, and was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Naturally, he took the news hard, but was determined to “play the hand he was dealt” and fight to keep as much mobility, independence and normalcy as he could. He continued to join his golfing buddies on the course, although he was unable to play.

He continued to travel, fish and spend time with family and friends. The fight continued until his final day on March 30, 2018, when he passed away in his home in the presence of his family.

Chuck loved to tell stories (especially about his five hole-in-ones) and socialize. He made many friends throughout his life, many of which would become lifelong friends, which is a testament to his character, humor, honor and integrity.

He was a loving husband, father, grandaddy, brother and friend. His mischievous humor, his laugh and presence in the lives of all he touched will never be replaced.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Dan, and grandchildren Kylie, Brady and Tyler of Newark Delaware; and son, Matt, and grandchildren, Gabe, Sienna and Elliot of Melbourne, Florida.

Service was held at Bethany United Methodist Church in Berlin on Wednesday April 4, 2018 with viewing followed by a service.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The ALS Association – DC/MD/VA Chapter, 30 W. Gude Dr., Suite 1501, Rockville, Maryland 20850 or WC Library, Ocean Pines Branch, 11107 Cathell Rd, Berlin, Maryland 21811.

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