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Joshua Gale SheltonPassing: November 27, 2019


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Sunday, December 1st @ 3:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Sunday, December 1st @ 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Sunday, December 1st

MITCHELL – Joshua Gale Shelton, 31, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Joshua was born in Recife, Brazil, South America, on August 4, 1988, and was adopted in December 1988 by Donald and Rosella Shelton.

A Taekwondo red/black belt and a two year college graduate, Joshua was a gifted musician and singer that enjoyed singing contemporary Christian music.  Joshua also enjoyed riding rollercoasters, attending NASCAR races, concerts, and time with family and friends, especially life-long friend, Keith Johnson.

Joshua was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, six maternal aunts and uncles, and two paternal aunts.

Survivors include his parents, Donald and Rosella Shelton; his sister, Misty Grow; three paternal aunts and uncles; six maternal aunts and uncles, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Glenn Hamer officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

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34 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Ed & bibi king | Orleans lnd
    Date: December 4, 2019
    I gave Josh his very 1st haircut and after his 1st he would come back for more and sing country songs to me everytime. I told him he was going to be a country singer. He was so smart. He would tell his mommy to go home and fix "potato chips " he could not have been a more loved child/young man. Years later I met Josh again when our grandson joined karate. He helped in so many ways. We loved him so much. Sorry about your loss Rose. I know how much you loved him Bibi
  2. Guest: Raymond Shelton | Saginaw, Texas
    Date: December 3, 2019
    I’m so sorry about the loss of your son, Joshua. I’m sorry I didn’t know him. My deepest condolences to you and Rose.
  3. Guest: Raymond Shelton | Saginaw, Texas
    Date: December 3, 2019
    I’m so sorry for the loss of your son, Joshua. Sorry I didn’t know him. My deepest condolences to you and Rose.
  4. Guest: Robert Taylor | Newburgh, Indiana
    Date: December 3, 2019
    I was a ride operator with Josh, I am so sorry for your loss I have you all in my prayers. Me and him were good friends, I wish you all well
  5. Guest: Carrie Hughes | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: December 3, 2019
    Rose I am so very sorry for your loss. I just found out today. Praying for you and your family. Love Carrie
  6. Guest: Daniel Shinneman | Columbia City
    Date: December 3, 2019
    Don, So sorry for your loss. Our condolences and prayers to your family. Dan Shinneman
  7. Guest: Kelsey Odom | Evansville, IN
    Date: December 2, 2019
    I was Josh’s supervisor at Holiday World, but I got to know him even before he started working there. He rode the Raven so often that I recognized him and began to ask him about his love of rollercoasters and amusement parks. I was there for his 900th ride on Thunderbird and many other coaster achievements. At work, he was always making jokes and having a good time. So many guests told me how much they loved him and that he did such a great job. I will truly miss him.
  8. Guest: Carmen Burton | Mitchell, In
    Date: December 1, 2019
    So very sorry for your loss, may you find peace and comfort. Our prayers are with you all!
  9. Guest: Lynn Carr Bradley | McCormick SC
    Date: December 1, 2019
    Donn I am so sorry. I have no words only that I oray for you and Rose for comfort. Love to you Lynn
  10. Guest: Carolyn McGinnis | Malvern, Arkansas
    Date: December 1, 2019
    The first time I met him was when we met him right after he arrived from Brazil at a Birthday for Ganny he was so full of energy an didn't know a stranger. He was such a Great child an turn into a wonderful young man. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for all my family.
  11. Guest: Amber woods | Hardinsburg, ky
    Date: November 30, 2019
    I always loved working with him, gone too soon.
  12. Guest: Kristopher Werner | Cincinnati, OH
    Date: November 30, 2019
    Josh, Buddy..I will always remember our times hanging out at Holiwood Nights together and riding Thunderbird and Voyage. Holiday World will never be the same without you bro. I definitely miss our conversations about NASCAR too. Rest Easy brother.
  13. Guest: Martha Burkhart | Medora in
    Date: November 30, 2019
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know he was a blessing to you and his dad.
  14. Guest: Bryce | Jasper
    Date: November 30, 2019
    He was a good friend when we see each other we talked about so much he has what I was going to do after holiday world I said idk but I will figure it out but it’s really hard when i heard this From Alex Boultinghouse
  15. Guest: Zachary Fuller | Evansville
    Date: November 30, 2019
    Only got to know him for a couple years, however they were jam-packed with fun. We enjoyed many trips to amusement parks together. I'll be riding Orion for you and visit the parks we wanted to visit but never did. Ride on! See you in heaven.
  16. Guest: Tori Adams | Rockport, Indiana
    Date: November 30, 2019
    I knew Josh from working at Holiday World the past two years and I’m so glad I met him!! He was such an awesome friend to work with and he always knew how to cheer me up when I was having a bad day. Prayers go out to his family.
  17. Guest: Laura Freeman | Henderson, Kentucky
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I met Josh this year working in the attractions department at Holiday World. When he worked with me in the Ranch (little kids rides), he was always so outgoing, positive, and patient with the children. I will miss him. May God give you comfort, peace, and strength.
  18. Guest: Bonny Lowrie | Owensboro, Ky
    Date: November 29, 2019
    Josh was a good friend of mine from Holiday World. He was the best at rider engagement and the funniest guy I knew. Ride high Josh and watch that last drop. I will miss you my friend.
  19. Guest: Elisa | Montrose, CO
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I don't knew you but may God give the family comfort and strength. I'm a Christian woman and God has many plans for this young man. Blessings to all.
  20. Guest: Maryann Miller | Tell City, Indiana
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I didn't know Josh for very long, but he was amazing to work with at Holiday World. I will miss being able to work with him on long summer days. He was one of the best friends I made while working there. I am very sorry for your loss, but know that good memories of him will live on forever in the hearts of his friends and family. I pray for the family.
  21. Guest: Dan Barton | Andrews, IN
    Date: November 29, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. Dan Barton from Manchester tool and die
  22. Guest: Dan Barton...(MTD) | Andrews, IN
    Date: November 29, 2019
    So sorry for your loss!! Dan Barton from Manchester tool and die.
  23. Guest: Claire Sims | Bloomfield IN
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I met Josh last year and worked with him at Holiday World. He was so nice and made my day when we worked in the Christmas section . I will miss you Josh.
  24. Guest: Michael Barnett | Newburgh, Indiana
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I only knew josh for a short time through work, but those days working at legend made me feel like I have known him my whole life. I enjoyed listening to him y’all about all the places he’s been and what all he’s seen. He was quite the character. Many laughs were shared between us, if I was having a rough day I knew I could count on him to get me to crack a smile. I wish we would’ve been able to hang out outside of work more than those couple of times we did and go to amusement parks and ride those roller coasters he loved so much. You will be greatly missed buddy! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
  25. Guest: Elijah Flint, McKenna Walter | Georgetown, Indiana
    Date: November 29, 2019
    Josh was a very close friend to me. We met at holiday world one summer when I was working and we bonded over roller coasters. We would eventually go on to hang out outside of work. For my birthday in September, he took me to Indianapolis Motor speedway to see the NASCAR races.. I will miss hanging out with him, watching NASCAR and talking about racing and roller coasters.
  26. Guest: Jerry & Judy Stevens | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: November 29, 2019
    Don - Rosella & Misty , so sorry to learn of the loss of such a young member of your family.. May Good Lord hold you all in His Hands of mercy and grace.. And may your wonderful memories give you sustained happiness in your hearts..
  27. Guest: Bob Roy | Columbia City, Indiana
    Date: November 29, 2019
    Prayers for your family!
  28. Guest: Sheila Grubbs | Mitchell, In
    Date: November 29, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
  29. Guest: Gary L White | MITCHELL
    Date: November 29, 2019
    work with don at danna
  30. Guest: Jerrica | Mitchell IN
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I remember in school he was always laughing and having a good time. well miss you and prayers for your family.
  31. Guest: Alicia Toliver | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I’ll always remember his laugh from elementary school way back in the day. He was such a soft hearted person. May god be with you all through this.
  32. Guest: Trent Freed | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 29, 2019
    While attending our church, I got to know Josh & mentored him for a short while. He loved God, loved life, music & so much more! He will be missed!
  33. Guest: Steven Gilbert | Mitchell
    Date: November 29, 2019
    I always enjoyed seeing you and your an awesome man and great addition to Heaven. Look forward to seeing you there.
  34. Guest: Charlotte McGinnis Henn | Alexander, Ar
    Date: November 29, 2019
    Praying for you.. wish l could be there for you and Rosella.. my heart knows your pain. Take him and hold on to all the great things you all did together...