Harold Lloyd Shelton, 83, became fluent in German while serving his country

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Harold Lloyd Shelton
Harold Lloyd Shelton

Harold Lloyd Shelton, 83, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Harold was born November 19, 1932, and grew up in the small town of Poole, Ky. He served his country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Air Force until his retirement.

The Air Force followed high school, and while stationed in Germany, he met Ingeborg Miether, the love of his life. They had been married for over 61 years. A career at the U.S. Postal Service followed his military retirement. A longtime member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Harold was also active in the Air Force Sergeants Association. He enjoyed reading; music, especially country, blues and jazz; and walking. The military life meant travel nation side and abroad, including three years with the four kids in Germany, where he became fluent in German.

Harold had a gracious way with people and animals. Friends were always welcome. Our dogs and cats sometimes liked him best. On occasion, he could be stern and fixed, but he could also be the kindest, most sentimental person in the room. His early life in Kentucky set the course for this hard-working country boy with honesty and integrity. Harold was punctual and rarely missed a day of work. He walked five miles to school after morning chores on the farm, and another five back, uphill both ways.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Adra and Bessie Shelton; and beloved sister, Ruthie Zink. His siblings are Marilyn Qualls, Donnie Shelton, Jimmie Shelton, Jerry Shelton, Judy Shelton, Ruthie Shelton and Randy Shelton.

Harold is survived by his wife, Ingeborg Shelton; children, Charles Shelton, Harold Shelton, Eloise Shelton-Mayo and Eva-Marie Zahn; daughter-in-law, Donna Shelton; son-in-law, Joe Mayo; four grandchildren, Charlie Shelton, Danny Shelton, Alyssa Shelton and Catherine Mayo; along with two great-grandchildren, Hunter DiPietro and Mia DiPietro.

Harold and Inga sang this to each other until the end, ‘I thought I loved you yesterday and all the days before, but now I know my dearest one, I love you even more.’

Peace be with you.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, 612 South College Road, Wilmington. In recognition of his honorable and faithful service to his country, military honors will be rendered.

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