Frankie Lee Shelton, age 62, resident of rural Fort Scott, died unexpectedly early Friday in the Mercy Health Center Emergency Room following an apparent heart attack.
He was born May 29, 1947 in Marysville, Missouri, the son of Frankie Lee Shelton Sr. and Mary Munson Shelton. Frankie married Kathryn Shepard on March 12, 1971 in Fort Scott.
He was a college graduate with a degree in Political Science.
He was a veteran having served with the United States Navy.
Frank worked as an engineer in water works departments in the state of Florida prior to moving back to Fort Scott.
While in Fort Scott, he owned his carpentry shop, and food establishments including Frankie's Place, Frankie's Eight and Sugarfoot and Peaches.
He had registered to run for the Bourbon County Commission this election.
He attended Bethel Community Church.
He loved to work on his antique 1947 Plymouth.
He was a member of the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Temple and the Mirza Shrine Temple in Pittsburg.
Survivors include his wife Kathryn, of the home; his mother, Mary Brooker, Fort Scott; and one son, Frankie L. Shelton III and wife Jacquelyn, Cranston, Rhode Island.
Also surviving is a brother Charles Shelton, Eldorado Springs, Mo., and an expectant first grandchild on June 3rd.
He was preceded in death by his father, Pat Brooker; daughter, Mary Jean Shelton, and a sister, Marjorie Gray.
There was cremation. Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday in the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in U. S. National Cemetery.
Military Honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 V.F.W.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Shrine Transportation Fund and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.
Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.