Sam Shelton

Oct 14th, 1938 - Dec 2nd, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Dec. 9th, 2017 10am


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Sat, Dec. 9th, 2017 12pm

Sam Shelton

Marion-Sam Shelton, 79, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Shawnee Christian Nursing Home in Herrin.

Sam was born on October 14, 1938 in Piggott, AR to Cleo Edwin and Frances (Alzreia) Shelton. He married Susan Geer and together they shared 39 years of marriage.

Sam attended Bardwell Kentucky high school and Paducah Junior College. He was the publisher at the Marion Daily Republican for many years and owned the Homemaker Newspaper.  Sam was the past president of the Marion Chamber of Commerce and a member of First Baptist Church and the Marion Elks.

Survivors include:

Wife-Susan Shelton

Daughter-Jill Holderfield and husband Virgil of Marion

Son-Scott Shelton and wife Melinda of Creal Springs

Son-Brad Angel and wife Cathy of Prosper, TX


Kristina and Aaron Barnaby of Marion

Bethany and James Branson of Iuka, IL

James “Adam” Holderfield of Marion

Joshua and Audrey Shelton of Belleville

Sarah and Brian Hirtzer

Matt Page

Tori Page

Scarlett Angel

Great grandchildren:

Alyssa and Brooklyn Mezo

Aiden Barnaby

Makenzi Randolp

Mattie Branson

Dylan Kenshalo

Charlotte Shelton

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Steven Shelton

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 12pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959

14 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Jim and Pat Reid

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 5, 2017

    Dear Susan and family, we are very sorry for the loss of our friend but we have many good memories of fun times we had together. So to Susan and all the family may all your happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time. We love you.

  • Guest: Jerry Strader

    From: Grapevine , Texas

    Date: December 5, 2017

    A true friend for many years. The most optimistic human I ever met. He will be missed by many.

  • Guest: Kenny Schultz and Angie martin

    From: Vienna, Illinois

    Date: December 5, 2017

    Jill u and ur family are in our prayers. Sam was a great guy there are many memories that will be remember. We love u

  • Guest: Melody Vogler

    From: Creal Springs , Illinois

    Date: December 5, 2017

    Sam, I love you with all my heart. You were such a dear friend and wonderful man. You always treated Dave and I like family. I will miss your laugh, your stories, and your hugs. As sorry as I am that you are gone, I’m even happier that you are with your Lord and Savior and with Steve. I’m just sorry we didn’t get to write that book, the one I wanted you to call “At Any Rate!” Love you and will miss you always!


  • Guest: Clarke & Jeane Deacon

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 6, 2017

    We were so very sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. He was such a great guy and so friendly. Our prayers are with Susan and family.

  • Guest: Tonya Young

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 6, 2017

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. Sam was truly a unique man, he taught me so much about the newspaper business, how to lay out a paper, an art form now of the past, and how people loved a “Good News” newspaper of the Homemaker, and his 2 Cents column. Sam will always live on within the hearts and memories of so many in the community that he touched in one way or another. I can never have cup of coffee at McDonald’s without thinking of Sam. There will never be another one like him. He is now sharing his 2 cents with the angels. May God be with you and your family through this time of grief.

  • Guest: Bill Grimes

    From: Noble , Illinois

    Date: December 6, 2017

    Susan and family, I very fondly remember Sam. He was a great boss. Thinking about you all!

  • Guest: Alison

    From: Carbondale, Illinois

    Date: December 7, 2017

    He will always be my number one prayers for you guys

  • Guest: Sonja Fleming

    From: marion, Illinois

    Date: December 7, 2017

    Susie, I am so sorry about Sam. You know he was my boss at the paper office for years. When I seen you at Walmart earlier this year I never knew anything was wrong. Your in my thoughts. God bless.

  • Guest: Deborah Krause, Niece

    From: Hammond, Louisiana

    Date: December 7, 2017

    Dear Susan, Scott, Jill, and your families,
    All of us who knew Sam know that we have all lost a treasure. Sam was a force for life and goodness. We all have wonderful memories of him and we will miss him. But we also know that he left a great legacy behind. Love and prayers to you all.

  • Guest: Mike and Jessica Andrews

    From: Shell Lake, Wisconsin

    Date: December 8, 2017

    We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. We have great memories of Uncle Sam’s visits up north and we will always remember his sweet spirit and hilarious stories. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.

  • Guest: Cindy A. Lee

    From: Marlboro, New Jersey

    Date: December 11, 2017

    Words cannot express the sadness I feel over the loss of Sam. We shared a love for the newspaper business and shared the same philosophy about what we knew people wanted in their newspaper. I always felt Sam and I made a good team and we shared many laughs and good conversation over coffee and breakfast every Friday morning on publishing day. Sam was a mentor for many people, myself included. My deep condolences to Susan, his children and grandchildren during this sorrowful time. I will never forget Sam.

  • Guest: Tina Null

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 13, 2017

    Sam was always so entertaining. I loved to hear all of his stories he would tell at the office! I am so sorry that I could not come to the service (due to recent surgery). I will be praying for all of you. I know you will miss Sam. We will miss him too.

  • Guest: Judy Broemmel

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: December 16, 2017

    Just learned of Sam’s passing in early December. So sorry Bo and I were not able to attend the services for Sam and offer our sympathy to you and the family in person.
    He was a fine man. He did so much for our community.