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John Clay Shelden

September 12, 1957 — November 17, 2022


John Clay Shelden


John Clay Shelden passed away at his home on Thursday, November 17, 2022.


John was born September 12, 1957, in Waynesville, MO, a son to the late Reuben and Nettie Shelden.


On September 30th, 1990, he was united in marriage to Cindy Marie Rose, she survives of the home.

John was a collector of trains and over the years amassed a huge collection of them. He was quite proud of his collection and spent a considerable amount of time tinkering with them. He also enjoyed collecting guns and coins, and his children and grandchildren could count on receiving special coins for Christmas each year. He loved spending time out in his shop working on small woodworking projects to give to his family and friends. He often made wishing wells and planters among other things.


He enjoyed fishing and spent many years involved in bass fishing tournaments with his friend Philip and fishing at his friend, Bones’, lake with his son and daughter-in-law. He enjoyed watching westerns and spent a lot of time watching them with his grandson, Austin. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and enjoyed spending quality time with them and talking with them about their interests and discussing his collections. He was a fun-loving guy who spoke his mind and enjoyed cracking jokes, he preferred not to take things too seriously. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Nettie; father, Reuben; brother Bob Shelden; sister, Annie Lotzer; and bonus sister, Liz McNamara.

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Shelden; son, Justin Shelden and fiancé Tangela Jennings; daughter, Desiree Statler and special friend Todd Stites; son, Josh and favorite daughter-in-law Kristen Thompson; daughter, Nichole and husband Richard Moen; daughter, Elizabeth Shelden; and bonus son, Ben and wife Stephanie Baker. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jeremiah, Austin, Allison, Hillary, Jared, Cooper, Sophia, Trevor, Athena, Asher (Pedro), Olivia, Audrey and Dax and bonus grandchildren Hailey, Jillian, Abbigail, and Gwen. He is also survived by his oldest sister, Sandy, and husband Wayne Maxwell and by a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


A Celebration of Life for family and friends will be planned and set for a later date.

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