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Shelby Kingman

Shelby Thomas Kingman, 82 of New London, passed away Friday morning, March 12, at his home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

The service will be live streamed at: https://www.ourlivingwater.org/shelbykingman.html Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home.  www.petersonbrothers.com

Shelby was born September 30, 1938 in Lead Hill, Arkansas, to Martin and Olga Kingman. He attended school in both Arkansas and Washington, D.C. before joining the Air Force in 1956 at the age of 17. He was stationed in both the US and Okinawa, Japan where he was trained as a nuclear weapons mechanic specialist. After his honorable discharge from the military, Shelby met the love of his life, Carol West. They were united in marriage in 1962 in Washington, D.C. and were blessed with three children. Shelby worked as an IS Manager for the Washington Daily News and The Washington Post before settling in Willmar where he worked at The West Central Daily Tribune for thirty years starting as a typesetter and eventually becoming an IT Director. After retirement Shelby worked for Green Lake Lutheran Ministries until 2019.

Shelby had a great love and talent for music and was a well-known local artist. Playing in such bands as Hanson Trio, The Outlaw, Shelby & Alex, Deadwood, Cedar Creek and Don & Shelby. He also enjoyed playing at music jams as well as at Whitney Music. He was an outgoing person and blessed with many friendships throughout the years.

Time spent with family was Shelby’s whole world. Whether it be camping, grandchildren’s sporting events, family reunions or just gathering around a card game or a meal, Shelby cherished every minute.

Shelby is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Karen (Robert) Nelson, son James (Beverly) Kingman, daughter-in-law Anne Heike, seven grandchildren, Joshua (Jennifer) Nelson, Matthew (Tiffany) Nelson, Rachel Nelson, Zoe Kingman, Phoebe (Christopher) Kingman, Hannah (Kyle) Gjerde, Connor Kingman, three great grandchildren, Kaiya, William, James, three sisters, Iva Jacobs, Rose Harris, Betty Cockrum, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Shelby Jr., his parents, two brothers and two sisters.

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1977 Mn Music Competition at Mesabi College Virginia MN. Bimbos in Willmar, live radio shows with Shelby and Alex, and his always unconditional love.

Carlotta Eischens Mar 27 2021 12:00 AM

Shelby was a wonderful, friendly, kind of person. Always said hi when I would see him at Walmart or when I would go into the tribune to see dad busy or not. he will be missedGreg and Susan Gangle

Susan Gangle Mar 20 2021 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of working with Shelby at the Trib 35 years ago. Everyone loved him! Please know that all your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Shelby will be deeply missed.With sympathy,Claire Woelfel

Claire Woelfel Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

I had the pleasure of meeting Shelby about 2 years ago at a family reunion. I had heard so much about him and it was all true. While this wasn't my family reunion, everyone, includung Shelby were very welcoming. I even got to hear him play a little bit m. Anyway, it was a pleasure to meet him. My deepest condolences to the family near and far for the loss of your special lived one.

Vickie McClanahan McClanahan Mar 19 2021 12:00 AM

My Sympathy to Shelbys family

Mary Louise Wallin Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

I used to work with Shelby at West Central Tribune....he was one of the nicest guys ever. Rest In Peace Shelby you will be missed

Lisa Meyer Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Shelby Kingman

Kris Nelson-Jensen Mar 16 2021 12:00 AM

Great memories with Shelby jamming with my father mid 70s !!! A great musician with a voice of that wasa Texas blend of the finest!!!

Doug Hanson Mar 15 2021 12:00 AM

With loving memories. Blessing to the Kingman family and those who loved Shelby. May the choirs of Heaven welcome an additional musician.The Fosters ... Jay, Mark, Kent and respective families.

The Fosters ... Jay, Mark, Kent and respective families. Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Shelby we will miss you until the circle is unbroken, by and bySandy Pierce and Peggy Karsten

Sandy Pierce and Peggy Karsten Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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