Cleighton Donald Shelhart

Cleighton Donald Shelhart Longtime Ridgecrest resident Cleighton Donald Shelhart died Sept. 14, 2012. He was 85.

Per his request, no services will be held.

Cleighton was born March 6, 1927, in San Pedro, Calif. He served two years in the U.S. Army. His career was as an air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic at Naval Air Weapons Center, China Lake. He retired in 1981.

Cleighton was a silversmith, woodworker, painter, rockhound and vegetable gardener. He loved animals and the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Shelhart of Ridgecrest; daughter Donna Shelhart of Ridgecrest; sons Dean Shelhart of Ridgecrest, Richard Shelhart of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Raymond Shelhart, also of Colorado Springs; 15 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Submitted by the family of Cleighton Donald Shelhart

Story First Published: 2012-09-26