Harold Koen Shelton Jr., age 86, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, April 4, 2017. Harold was born in Austin, Texas, on September 2, 1930, to Mary Elizabeth Gillis and Harold K. Shelton. Harold's maternal grandfather, Simon Gillis, served as the mayor of Austin. Harold's uncles were all very active in Austin politics. They include Edgar, Earl, Emmett, John E., and Polk.
The Shelton Clan grew up on West Live Oak Street in Austin. Moving to Houston at 10, he graduated from St. Thomas and then went to college at Notre Dame. He left Notre Dame to enlist in the Coast Guard during the Korean War. While stationed in California, he met Martha Carol Stangohr, of Hollister, California. In 1952, they were married. In 1953, after his discharge from the service, Harold began his long career with American Can Co. In 1971 American Can transferred Harold and his family to Venezuela where they spent the next 26 years. In 1995, Harold and this wife Martha retired and moved back to San Marcos, Texas. In retirement Harold reinvented himself and spent 10 years with the US Census and was also a committed voting precinct official.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law Omar Osio, his brother Gillis, and his son Victor. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Martha Carol, his 3 daughters Lawry Ross, Kerry Osio, Rebecca Cersosimo, and his son-in-law Jay Cersosimo. Harold and Martha were blessed with 9 grandchildren and one great grandson. The grandchildren include Zack Ross, Donovan Osio, Diego Osio, Orianna Osio and fiancé Justin Young, Nick and Lee Cersosimo, Jack Cersosimo, Desi Bustos,Tess Shelton, Cade Shelton and his great grandson Coleton Lee. Included in his precious family are Kerry's life partner Pete Aguirre, Donovan's life partner Gabriela Banales and Jack's life partner Ashley Sykes. Also included in his family is Tess, Cade and Desi's mother Teri Shelton.
Harold's life was full of adventures and hobbies he loved. Harold loved the time he spent in Venezuela. He enjoyed and cherished all the beautiful places he visited with his family such as Cata, Angel Falls, Los Andes, Morrocoy, CRPU, fishing in Los Llanos and finding wonderful friends all along the way. His favorite pass time was getting to fly his planes around the country always looking for more adventures. His travels also took him to many other places around the world to include Europe, Asia, South and Central America. He loved caring for all the creatures that visited him in his yard especially all the beloved dogs he had over the years. He loved playing golf with Martha at Valle Arriba and Club Guataparo.. What he enjoyed most was watching all his grandchildren play many sports to include golf, soccer, baseball, football, and softball. He is best known for making the most incredible paella. That will be hard to duplicate. In his younger years he dared to water ski and snow ski and was pretty darn good. He loved swimming in the San Marcos river, any ocean and sailing the seas in a sunfish in Barbados.
Harold, fondly known as Cotton, will forever be our beloved husband, incredible dad, devoted grandpa, dearest uncle and everyone's fun-loving friend. He loved and cherished Martha, all his children and grandchildren and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on South Congress.