Shelton Eugene Gadd

July 05, 1946 ‒ September 28, 2020

Pataskala, Ohio


After a month-long battle, Shelton Eugene Gadd, 74, passed from this life into eternity with his Savoir Jesus. He died on September 28, 2020 at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The last of seven children, he was born July 5, 1946, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, to Mae and Echols Gadd of Fredericktown, Ohio.

Growing up on a farm, Shelton learned many skills that would serve him well in life. Working hard, honesty and a fun sense of humor were his most valuable qualities. Over the years, he farmed, worked in factories, laid asphalt, managed cattle farms, and worked in construction for Claggett and Sons in Newark, Ohio. In the last 5 years, he enjoyed working at Lynd Fruit Farm and Blue Frog Farm, where his co-workers became dear friends. This past January, Shelton went to work for Hickory Run Farms, where he once again made special friendships.

Shelton enjoyed and avidly followed high school and college football. Some of his greatest pleasures were watching his son, nephews, nieces and friends play sports.

After graduating from Fredericktown High School in 1964, Shelton worked a short time at Cooper Bessemer in Mt. Vernon before enlisting in the US Airforce.

Sgt. Shelton E Gadd proudly served in the US Airforce during the Vietnam war, from 1965 to 1969. He was stationed in Texas, Mississippi, and the Philippine Islands.

Shelton is survived by his loving family and cherished friends who will miss him every day. Wife Mary (White) Gadd of 49 years; dear son Isaac Christopher Gadd; sisters Mary Braddock, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Garnet Cover, Mount Gilead, Ohio, Betty (John “Red”) Shaw, Mount Vernon, Ohio, and Carol (Alden) Coe, Mount Vernon, Ohio; brother Wesley (Irene) Gadd, Mount Vernon, Ohio, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and their children.

Preceding him in death were parents Echols and Mae Gadd, sister and brother-in-law Avanelle and Eldon Spearman, as well as brothers-in-law Howard Cover and Dale Braddock.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  A funeral service will be held on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Community Church, 15598 McClelland Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 where friends may call one-hour prior.  Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Northfork Cemetery near Waterford.

In lieu of flowers, help someone in need. Ask God to show you who you can be a blessing to and remember Shelton as you give. He did that, and you will bless his memory by helping others.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Shelton E. Gadd.

  • Dear Carol & family,
    Our hearts & prayers are with all of you at this time of loss & sorrow. God bless!
    Dennis & Diana

  • So sorry for your loss! I will miss my hugs from him. Last time he stopped here I got a hug. Your in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathy to the Family!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Mary & Issac! You are in my prayers! God bless you two, love you and stay strong.

  • Dear Mary and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Shelton will surely be missed! He always made me laugh when he came into the farm. He always had something witty to say. May God be with you and your family. Hugs.

  • Our thoughts & prayers are with all of the family. Whenever you would see Shelton, he always had a smile & had something to say!!! Bill & Jan Mast

  • Dear Aunt Mary and Isaac,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you and our love and prayers are with you both.
    Love you,
    Sean, Ali, Joey, & Austin

  • Mary ,Isaac and family,
    May the Lord comfort you in this time of great loss. Shelton was sure a one of a kind. Alway fun to be around and talk to. He surely will be missed. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Dave and Jeanne Lentz

  • Dearest friends Mary, and Isaac, You are both in our prayers every moment of every day. We long to be there with you, but thank God that we can be there with you in spirit and love. … and how grateful we are knowing Shelton is with the Lord! And grateful knowing that this separation is only temporary. All love and peace, Edward and Debra

  • Dear Mary & Isaac – Sending prayers of comfort to you both. We share in your sorrow but also rejoice with you knowing that Shelton is with Jesus! Love, Char & Eric

  • Dear Aunt Mary and Isaac,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Shelton was so funny and kind. He will be greatly missed. We are holding you both in our prayers and in our hearts.

    We love you,
    Keely, Andy, Addison, Bryce, and Charley

  • Aunt Mary and Issac,
    We’re sending you lots of love and keeping you in our prayers. We pray you are able to find peace knowing he is with Jesus. Love you both so much!
    – Kyle, Britt, Jordan & Jack

  • Dear Mary & family,
    So sorry to hear of Shelton’s passing. He will be sadly missed. His quick wit and ornery demeanor always made me smile. Prayers for all of you enduring grief and adjustment.

    Bonnie Ruder
    Lynd Fruit Farm

  • Dear Marry And Issac so sorry for your loss Shelton always had a big smile on his face He will be so missed by so many God Bless and sending my prayers to you Karen Mortimer

  • Mary and Issac;
    So sorry for your loss, our love and prayers are with you..I will miss Shelton say…”your in my space” funny man. RIP Shelton

    Gary and Debora Collins

  • Marry and Isaac, so so sorry to hear of Shelton passing,I grew up in Waterford with Shelton and was good friends with him and all gadd family,l really enjoyed seeing Shelton at bell stores on Saturday morning, may the Lord comfort you in this time of need,and you will always be in my prayers, love you good buddy,until we meet again

  • Aunt Mary and Isaac,

    So sorry for your loss. Uncle Shelton will be greatly missed! We will continue to keep you in our prayers and thoughts. Miss and love you very much!

    Luke & Blair

  • Dear Mary and All the Gadd Family,

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May God give you love and peace in the coming days.

  • To the Gadd family: I was in grade school with Shelton and
    Always considered him a friend. Carol, I will keep all of the family in my prayers. God be with you all.

    Sarah Dorsey Moxley

  • Dear Mary and Iassc,
    May you find peace in knowing Shelton is in Our Lord’s arms now

    Hope to see you next year!

    lots if prayers, love and hugs Judy Matthews Scott
    will call you next week cuz

  • Dear Mary, Isaac and all Shelton’s siblings,
    When I think of Shelton, I think of laughter, jokes and pranks of all kinds. Mom and Dad loved him and enjoyed his teases.
    Psalm 116:15 “The death of the Lord’s faithful is a costly loss in his eyes.” May grace and peace be multiplied to you as you adapt to this great loss in your lives.

  • Dear Mary, Issac and Gadd family,

    Shelton and I spent time together staying over at each other’s homes as youngsters, played ball together and just enjoyed being together as classmates. He was always upbeat and shared his family as they were all fun to be with, especially teasing his mom, Midge. God be with you my friend and bless your family during this time. Shelton and our Lord are having a good time up there. Till we meet again! God holds your hand.

    Praise God!

    Your classmate and friend, John

  • Dear Mary and the entire Gadd Family, We learned yesterday of Shelton’s passing and were shocked. He had stopped in just a month ago and looked healthy. We had no idea he had cancer. We always enjoyed his pop-in visits after he had visited with Andy. It was such a treat to visit with him. He was gifted with a Witt and dry sense of humor. We enjoyed his layed-back style. We are rejoicing that he is with the Lord, but we will miss those visits so much. Please know that we are praying for you and asking the Lord to give you strength to get through the days ahead. With love-Jr. and Sheryl Hawk

  • So sorry for your loss. I was a classmate of Shelton, he was a good guy! I know he’ll be missed by everyone who knew him.

  • Mary, Isaac, Family & Friends, So very sorry for the loss of Shelton, such a Great Guy; You are all in our thoughts and prayers, With Sympathy and Love, Wes & Cindy & Family

  • Mary and Isaac — It is hard to believe that Shelton is no longer with us. Looking over the slide show made me remember how he always greeted us with a big old smile and twinkle in his eyes. Keep your memories close to your hearts and be assured that God is with you and that he is keeping Shelby close by his side. God bless you all!! Love LesLey and Joe

  • Dear Mary and the Gadd Family,
    Roger and I send our deepest sympathy for the loss of Shelton. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming days. Hold on to your memories and each other.
    Vickie Marra
    Roger Marra

  • Mary, I am so sorry to hear of you loss. If you could use a “10 minute hug” I am here for you. 49 years….WOW.
    Love, in Yeshua, Karen Wilson

  • Looking at the video just now, I noticed something interesting that you and your family might be interested in…..

    Looking at your pictures – Red hair for both/all of you = Tribe of Judah

    They say of King David, Red hair Ruddy means Red Hair

    The original Hebrew Torah implies that both King David and Esau had ‘fiery red hair’.
    1 Samuel 17:42
    “And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.”

  • Mary, I talked with Sheldon about a month ago- a great hour of catching up on friendships. I always tried to call him and occasionally we’d meet when I was in Mt Vernon, 20 yrs USAF and 35 yrs in Alaska. The video was outstanding and showed Sheldon’s true value as a person and human being. Anyone meeting Sheldon for the first time knew he was someone special, with his sense of humor and that quirky smile. He will be greatly missed, RIP, my friend.

  • To the Family of Shelton Gadd:
    What sad news this was to me. Having just lost my brother, Gary Commins, in July, this was like a double whammy. Gary and Shelton were the BEST of FRIENDS for so many, many years. Oh, how I remember some of the crazy antics they concocted together. I just remember Shelton always having that “What are you up to” grin on his face. Although the years and miles may have pulled them apart, no one can say these two didn’t have a great life growing up together and make good memories, and hopefully they are together again, laughing. R. I. P. Shelton Gadd, and please hug Gary for me.

  • Dear Sweet Mary, Isaac, and Gadd Family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time. Praying God’s peace and comfort for all.

  • To My Sweet Mary, to Isaac, and to the Gadd Family, Our deepest sympathy and friendship are coming to you all. All of these tributes and all of the people at the funeral home last night will let you know how special you all are to so many. We always enjoyed meeting Shelton, and he was truly a very friendly guy, and a free spirit. We are so sorry for your loss and we send you healing hugs. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Hey brother Isaac, I never knew your dad, but he must have been a good man to produce a man like you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You also know that I’m just a call away anytime you need a listening ear. Love ya buddy.

  • Dear Mary, Isaac and families
    So very sorry to hear about Shelton !! What good times we had years ago!! You are both in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    I thought of Shelton and this verse
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    He restores my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for he is my name’s sake.
    May God bless you and Isaac

  • Mary and Isaac, I am so sorry to hear of Shelton’s passing. He was such a sweet, friendly man with a wonderful smile. I remember our sport conversations, especially football. May God be with you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Nancy Wise (Pintz)

  • Mary and Isaac, Kim and I are so sorry for your loss.We always enjoyed running into Shelton at ballgames. Were praying for you.