Rockie Wayne Shackelford

August 1954 – October 2013

Rockie Shackelford, 59, of Hilmar, passed away at Mercy Hospital after a long illness. Rockie was born in Turlock to Wayne and Naomi Shackelford, one of three children. He graduated from Turlock High School in 1972, attended MJC, and joined the Air Force in Nov ’73. In June of 1974 Rockie married the love of his life, Melanie Young, in Biloxi MS. While in the Air Force he worked as a computer repairman and as a jet fuel specialist. He was honorably discharged in Oct, ’75. Rockie had a variety of interests including gold panning, model railroading, science fiction books and movies, playing guitar, and various collectables.

Rockie is survived by his wife 39 years, Melanie Shackelford, son Thomas (Elaine) Shackelford of Sacramento, daughter Erin (Kevin) Elser of Magna, UT, granddaughter Olivia Elser of Magna UT; his parents Wayne and Naomi Shackelford of Turlock; two brothers Gilbert Shackelford and Rodney Shackelford, both of Turlock; two nephews: Jack Shackelford and family, and Ruben Shackelford, all of Turlock; and many extended family members.

Visitation will be at Allen Mortuary on Mon, Oct. 28th from 4 to 6 pm. Funeral Service will be at Allen Mortuary on Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 10 am. Burial will be at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at 1:30 pm. Friends who are able to help with funeral expenses are invited to contribute by calling Allen Mortuary. Please leave memories and condolences at

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