December 17, 1944 ~ July 19, 2022

Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

John Shackelton, 77, of Asheville, NC continued his journey July 19, 2022. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA to the late John Dallas Shackelton.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Shackelton, and their three sons and two daughters, Steve Shackelton and wife Patricia of Asheville; Robert Boyer of Baltimore; James Shackelton and wife Karen of Madison County; Kim Schultz and husband Mike of Baltimore; and Shirley Buckner of Madison County; as well as his one brother, Charles Holsinger of Arizona. Additionally he was the loving grandfather of eight grandchildren, Britney, Brooke, Samara, Sarah, Christopher, Bob, Frances, and Chevelle, as well as two great-grandchildren.

He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy as a Sailor in the Submarine Service. Mr. Shackelton continued his service to his community after the military as an educator.

He will be dearly missed by his family.

A memorial service to celebrate his journey will be conducted at 1:00pm, July 30, 2022, at Rainbow Community School, 574 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC. As the memorial service is at a school, COVID preventive restrictions will be in place, including the wearing of masks and omission of dining. Attire desired is tastefully casual. In lieu of flowers, any donations to the local charity of your choice are lovingly appreciated.

Groce Funeral Home, on Tunnel Road, is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Sir, I never had the pleasure of meeting you but I have the privilege of knowing your son, James. Your dedication to public service lives on through him, which is a fine legacy.

    My deepest condolences and sympathies to your family.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for your peace and comfort. I,m sorry you all are having to go thru so much. Much love to you all.

  3. It saddens me to hear about John’s passing. It was a true honor to have known him. But I also rejoice in where he is now. My sincere condolences to Ruth, Steve, and the whole family. 😔🙏

  4. It saddens me to hear of John’s passing. It was an honor to have known him. Although he will be missed, a part of me can’t help but to rejoice in where he is now. My sincere condolences to Ruth, Steve, and the family. 😔🙏

  5. I haven’t the words at this time except to say I will miss our conversations. They were always special to me. I hope to add more later after I have processed this in my mind and in my heart

  6. My sincere condolences. I have the privilege of knowing your son James and his wife Karen, who are wonderful friends. I whish your family all the best.

  7. John became a part of my life during the early 1970’s when he was pastor of a small group in Hillsborough. I loved him then and I love him now. His words and his friendship are with me to this day. I am truly sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you today.

  8. We are all going to deeply miss you grandpa, this doesn’t feel real but I know you’re in a better place now. I’ll be keeping the whole family in my prayers and in my heart.

  9. Daddy, I will miss you! My thoughts and prayers are for the rest of our family! And just want y’all to know that I love y’all very much! Stay safe and God bless!

  10. I 1st met John and Ruth in 1973. I believe I would not be here today if not for them. John was my Pastor. The best Pastor I have ever known. I’ve known great men, some of the worlds greatest Bible teachers personally, but none compare to John. What I gleaned from this wonderful man in those early years are the foundation and the fabric of who I am and what I am and do today. I speak of John in almost every message that I bring, in every speaking engagement. The seeds that John have sown are to this day still bearing fruit. I count myself supremely blessed and honored to have known John and Ruth.

  11. Steve I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Prayers for healing and peace to you and your family.

  12. Condolences to the family for your loss. Steve shared a lot of stories about Mr. Shackelton teaching at a local private school where he made a big difference in young people’s lives. Mr. Shackelton also gave our daughters some advice about going into their new school where he was a teacher and director. He touched so many lives and we feel fortunate to have crossed paths with him and the wonderful son he raised in Steve.

  13. Kind sir, I did not know you but I know your son Steve who is a kind and giving gentleman. You must be a proud father, May you Rest In Peace.

  14. Go on home, John. You did such tremendous work here on earth And I am one of the lucky ones who benefited from your presence. Rest In Peace, dear Friend

  15. Much love to Ruth and family. John was instrumental in the founding of Mountain Sun Community School in Brevard and he was beloved by our founding teachers and community. He was a brilliant man who gave so much. He will certainly be missed, but left an indelible mark on those he touched.

  16. His generous contribution to the community and nation are gifts that speak loudly of his values, for what is freedom with out knowledge.
    Our sympathies to all his family and friends.
    Martin & Leah

  17. While we never met John we have had the pleasure of meeting Steve. If Steve is any example of what his father is like we know a kind, hard working and dedicated man has left this earth. We pray that Steve, Patricia, Ruth and family will find comfort in the beautiful memories you have. May God be with all of you always.
    Much love from, Vince and Cathy Constantino

  18. I will never forget John, and will never be able to measure his impact on my own life and work. I will always cherish the many years of mentorship and communion that we shared…..May the rocks and roots and soil embrace him, the birds sing his praises, the waters deliver and convey his beautiful truths and wisdoms….

  19. We are so sorry for your loss. May the Comforter fill the void with sweet memories. Sailor rest your oars. We have the watch.

    Major Bruce Stefanik, Chaplain
    USSVI Asheville Base Submarine Veterans


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