KILMARNOCK—Captain Steve Walker Shelton, 69, of Kilmarnock and Vermilion Parish, La., passed away July 23, 2021.
He was born March 12, 1952, in Virginia to S.O. “Dinky” Shelton and Bernice Shelton. He spent 42 years of his life working on the water in Louisiana as a captain for Omega Protein, a true legend in the menhaden fishing industry breaking numerous records.
When he wasn’t fishing he was doing extraordinary carpentry work, a trade he learned from his Dad.
He loved to bird hunt in his spare time and enjoyed many family pets over the years. Steve loved music and playing in the band in his youth. While he lived the majority of his life in Kaplan, La., he enjoyed traveling back to White Stone on a regular basis to visit his family and friends.
Steve was a very generous man who enjoyed helping others. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
In 1970, he married Betty Lane “Betsy” Scott at White Stone United Methodist Church and they began their journey of 51 years of marriage together. They had two daughters, Victoria Marie Deihl and April Elizabeth LeBlanc.
He was preceded in death by his parents, S.O. “Dinky” Shelton and Bernice Shelton.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lane “Betsy” Shelton; his children, Victoria Deihl and April LeBlanc; his sons -in-law, Richard Deihl and Lance LeBlanc; his grandchildren, Zachary Deihl, Cody LeBlanc, Kiley LeBlanc and Beau Walker LeBlanc; his siblings, Norman Ira Shelton and wife, Lou, Christine Potter and husband, Cliff; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Thomas, Eric Robbins, Steven Shelton and wife, Whitney, Sarah Esterson and husband, Shawn; his uncle, Lewis V. Shelton and wife, Mae; and Calvin Monroe, pilot and close friend.
A celebration of life service will be announced and held at a later date.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, www.Cancer.org.