After school Bobby worked odd jobs until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 16, 1943. He was inducted into the Navy on August 9, 1943 and was sent off to Boot Camp. On his return from Boot Camp he married his childhood sweetheart Charlene Corvin on October 16, 1943. Bobby served from August 9, 1943 to December 13, 1945. He served aboard the USS Melvin (DD-680). The Melvin was the only Destroyer credited with the sinking of the Japanese Battleship “FUSO”. He received eight combat medals on his Asiatic pacific Ribbon and two combat medals on his Philippine ribbon. After his discharge from the Navy, Bobby returned to Wytheville and married life where he and Charlene began their family. He worked at the hosiery mill full time and part time for the Yellow Cab Company which was owned by his Father William Cooper Shelton. In 1960 Bobby and Charlene moved to Avon, Ohio where they both retired from NASA Lewis Research Center. Bobby’s hobbies included bowling, and golfing. He was a member of the Wytheville Country Club where he spent many hours with his friends and where he earned his only hole-in-one.
He is survived by daughter, Barbara (Tom) DeChant; son, Robert Allen Shelton, Jr. (Nancy Cough) and son-in-law, Tom Kvach, Sr.; six grandchildren, Thomas (Joanne) Kvach, Jr., Lauren (Fred) Caputo, Erin Kvach, Tracey (Mike) Farmer, Tom DeChant, Jr. and Maureen (Bill) Thiemeke; and 10 great grandchildren, Thomas III and Tyler Kvach, Joey Caputo, Samantha, Melanie and Emma Farmer, Haley and Allison DeChant and Sophia and Madison Thiemeke.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Corvin Shelton; daughter, Sandra J. Kvach; parents, William Cooper and Eunice (Becraft) Shelton; sisters, Bernice Pearman and Mildred Shelton; and brothers, Ralph, Howard and William C., Jr.