John Kelly Shackelford

Shackelford, John K. web picJan. 1930 – July 2015

John Kelly Shackelford, a godly man, is now in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born in Oklahoma in January 16th 1930, Kelly, as he was known, was part of a large family and was one of ten children.

Kelly worked for the City of Turlock for 45 years. His most recent position was supervisor of the street department before retirement.

On September 11, 1948 in Turlock, CA, he married the love of his life Virginia and had two children Don and Iris. Kelly enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting. Watching baseball and bull riding were favorite pastimes of his. His favorite author was Louis L’Amour. He also spent a lot of time volunteering at Interfaith in Sonora, was a member of Boy Scouts of America where he was a scout master, and the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Most of all, Kelly loved his family and the Lord.

Kelly is survived by his wife Virginia; children Don (Nina) and Iris; grandchildren Mark, April (David) and Megan; great grandchildren Caitlin, Chance and Jaden; and siblings Arvil, Wayne, Thelma, Ruby, Marie, and Betty. Kelly was preceded in death by his siblings Lindal, Harold and Katie, and his parents Jack and Lizzy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am on Fri., Sept. 11, 2015 at Christian Heights Church, 13711 Joshua Way, Sonora CA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Kelly’s name to Interfaith, P.O. Box 5070, Sonora, CA 95370.


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