Damon C. Shelton

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. â€" Damon C. Shelton, 90, of Kansas City passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, surrounded by his family.
He was born near Richland April 4, 1922. He was the fourth child of Charles and Opal (Hildebrant) Shelton.
Damon graduated from Rockport High School in 1940. He continued his education at Purdue University, where he majored in biochemistry and was in the ROTC. World War II interrupted his college years and he served in the U.S. Army Field Artillery from 1943 to 1946. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Purdue University, where he finished his undergraduate degree in 1947.
Damon continued his education at Purdue and graduated in 1950 with a doctorate in biochemistry. During this time, he also met and married V. Maxine Hall Dec. 24, 1943. They enjoyed 66 years of marriage before her death in 2010.
He was a professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V. from 1952 until 1967. At that time, Damon and Maxine moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he accepted a position with Ralston Purina Co. and was employed there until his retirement in 1987. After retiring, Damon and Maxine had a consulting business and were able to travel extensively.
He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the Society of the Sigma Xi, Alpha Phi Omega and several science organizations. Most recently he had been a member of Platte Woods United Methodist Church. He was a wonderful gardener, was excellent at household repairs and loved to share his knowledge and help family and friends.
Damon is survived by two daughters, Karen Schubert and Sandra Donald; four grandchildren, Bryan and Megan Schubert and Julie and Lorie Donald, all of Kansas City; a sister, June Reitz of Newburgh and several nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held in St. Louis at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damon C. and V. Maxine Shelton Scholarship Fund at Purdue University. Checks should be written to Purdue Foundation with Damon C. and V. Maxine Shelton Scholarship in memo line. Address for mailing is Purdue Foundation, Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center, 403 W. Wood St., W. Lafayette, IN 47907.
Cremation Society of Kansas and Missouri was in charge of arrangements.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.kccremation.com.
Published in Spencer County Journal-Democrat on Apr. 11, 2013
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