F. Shelton Farr (1925 - 2007)

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F. Shelton Farr died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2007.

The son of Francis Shelton Farr and Louise Jackson Farr, he was born in New York City on Sept. 12, 1925. He attended school in the city until the sixth grade, then his family moved to Long Island.

His secondary education was at Pomfret School in Connecticut where he excelled at sports -- football, hockey, and he was captain of the baseball team. After graduating in 1943, Shelton headed west and worked on a ranch south of Cody, Wyo., until he entered the Army in 1944. He served as a scout and rifleman with the 83rd Infantry (Thunderbolt) Division in Europe. He was proud of his Combat Infantryman's Badge and Bronze Star.

After his discharge Shelton returned to Wyoming where he attended the University of Wyoming. While there he was on the wrestling team. He graduated with a B.S. degree in animal husbandry.

In the fall of 1951 Shelton married Mary McCarthy. The couple ranched south of Cody and they raised five children: Francis of Bozeman, Maryann Gildroy of Roundup, Jerry of Meridian, Idaho, and Daniel of Sidney. A younger son, Fredrick, died in 1983.

In the mid-60s Shelton went back to school and obtained his elementary teaching certificate from EMC (now MSU-Billings). The ranch was subsequently sold and the family moved to Billings. Shelton taught the next 23 years in Belfry and Billings. He earned an M.S. in education and retired in 1991.

Shelton's passion was the outdoors. He loved the mountains, streams and open expanses of the west. He was an excellent shot, loved fishing and tied his own flies. Other interests were gardening, photography, hiking, camping, cooking, traveling, writing poetry, and, of course, tennis. He was state champion twice.

In addition to his children, Shelton is survived by a brother, Tom Farr of Beaufort, S.C.; and a sister, Diana Louis of Athens, Greece. His beloved in-laws include Gordon Gildroy, husband of Mary Ann; Brenda, wife of Jerry; and Lynette, wife of Dan. Seven delightful grandchildren brighten his life.

A sister, Nancy Cady, preceded him in death in 2004.

So long, Dad -- we'll miss you.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave., Billings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited, the local chapter of the Audubon Society, to any other conservation-minded organization, or to any veterans organization.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 20, 2007
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