- June 28, 1921 - April 1, 2015
- Charleston, West Virginia
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Snodgrass Funeral Home
LeGrand A. ("Mug") Shelton, passed away peacefully April 1, 2015 following a short illness. Mug was born June 28, 1921 in Charleston. He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Mary Lou Shelton; their daughter Connie Clonch and son-in-law Charles Clonch of Portland, Oregon; and by granddaughters Cara Clonch-Viner and Courtney Clonch. He was preceded in death by his son Dr. William L. Shelton, his parents Mr. & Mrs. James A. Shelton of Charleston, and by siblings James S. Shelton of Hawaii, Charles A. Shelton of Maryland, Zaida Wands of Florida, and Sue Shawkey of Charleston.
After graduating from Charleston High, Mug entered the Indiana Institute of Technology to study mechanical engineering. However his studies were cut short in 1942 by World War II when he joined the Army Air Forces. It was not long before the Army recognized his mechanical aptitude and sent him to study aircraft mechanics at Curtis Wright. As such, began his life-long love of science and all things mechanical.
Following World War II, Mug returned to Charleston and worked at Union Carbide for 37 years until retiring in 1982. During this time he completed a degree in Business, became an accomplished bridge player, ballroom dancer, and put his mechanical abilities to use by lending a hand to family and friends on numerous projects. One of Mug's favorite sayings was to "always leave whatever you find in better shape than when you found it". Truly Mug left the world a better place than when he found it. His wit, compassion, and humor will be so missed.
Mug had life-long friends from his graduating high school class and attended class reunions for over 70 years. He and Mary Lou belonged to several supper clubs, dance clubs, and were life-long members of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. We are grateful for the compassionate care he received while at The Ridgemont, Valley Center, and Quarry Manor.
Services will be held at 11 AM Monday, April 6, 2015 at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston with the Reverend Dr. Jim Roberts officiating. Family and friends may visit from 4 to 6 PM Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Snodgrass Funeral Home. Internment at Sunset Memorial Park will follow services.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Kanawha Hospice Care, 1606 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, WV 25387.
Memories of Mug may be shared by visiting www.snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
4122 MacCorkle Ave. SW Charleston, WV 25309
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