In Loving Memory of Gerald D. Shelton


Gerald D. Shelton, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Felix and Susie Shelton. He graduated from Wilberforce University in Ohio with a Bachelors degree in Education and earned his Master's Degree in Computer Science, from City University in Seattle.


Gerald loved people! He was friendly, engaging, loved to talk and tell stories. He could converse on any topic; his smart wit, intelligence and sharp sense of humor made conversations with him memorable.


Gerald shared his wonderful skills and love for people, by working as an educator, serving youth in rehabilitation as well as people living with mental health conditions. He was loved and respected by his coworkers.


Gerald met the love of his life, Karen Lanier- Shelton in 1995 and they were together for 25 years, happily married since 2003. He was affectionately referred to "Uncle G" by his many nieces and nephews and Brother Gerald by many friends.


Gerald was a faithful member of the Allen AME church in Tacoma, for over 30 years. He was also a proud member of the Usher Board # 2 and enjoyed being a door keeper in the house of the Lord.


Gerald went on to his final sleep, on July 4, 2020. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, his sister, Julia (Cece) Shelton and his lifelong friend, Raymond Day. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Karen, Brothers, John and Phillip Shelton, nieces Kelly and Dana Shelton, oldest cousin Mary Louise Brown as well as a wealth of close knit family and friends. He touched everyone's life in a special way and will be greatly missed.