Robert W. Shelton, 71, B&O Railroad yardmaster

November 08, 2003

Robert William Shelton, a retired Baltimore and Ohio Railroad yardmaster and former Linthicum resident, died of respiratory failure at Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C. He was 71.

Mr. Shelton was born and raised in Greene County, Tenn. He was a graduate of local public schools and served in the Navy during the Korean War.

He moved to Baltimore and went to work for the B&O Railroad as a yardmaster in the Mount Clare yards. He retired after more than 30 years of service in 1984.

He was an avid collector of B&O Railroad memorabilia, which he displayed in the Sumter home where he had lived since 1993.

Services are private.

Mr. Shelton is survived by his wife of 25 years, the former Blanche Abbott; three sons, Stephen Shelton, Scott Shelton and Stanley Shelton, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Jo Plau of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Mildred Brown of Pennsylvania; a step-daughter, Patricia Kash of Franklin, Ohio; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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