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Remembering a Michiana Supercentenarian

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A community bid a final good-bye to a legend Tuesday.  Ehan Shelton died last week at 110.  His funeral was Tuesday.

He was the founder of Shelton Farms in Niles, and as we've seen over the years, he was also a talented musician and golfer.

At his 110th birthday party in 2013, Ethan said, "It gives me a good feeling," when talking about the fact that more than 400 people came to celebrate his big day.

He was always a grateful guy.  At his 104th birthday party, he said, "The thing, I especially feel good about, I've got a lot of living relatives."

If you add up all of his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren you'll get 130.

Ethan was married to his wife Rose for 69 years before she passed away.

While a large family was one of his greatest joys, it certainly wasn't his only one.  Ethan loved music and playing his ukulele.  "I like to join 'em!  If anybody's playing, I like to play with them," said Ethan in 2012 at the Wakarusa Bluegrass Festival, where he was being honored. 

In his 70's he took up golf and didn't quit even after turning 104.  In that year of his life, on a golf course, he told us, "I'm not supposed to be doing this, but I can't help it that that's the way it is. But I like it anyways, and I try it anyway."

At 109, he was still happy to use all his strength on the golf course.  "I try to use the little bit that I got left to my best advantage, and I still like to have fun," said Ethan.

At 107, he was still flirtatious telling us at his birthday, "I find a good Christian woman, I'm gonna ask her to marry me."

So what was his secret to a good long life?  He gave us a few interesting nuggets over the years.  "Get up every morning" and "Chew your food good...take your time."  Great advice that took him all the way to 110-years-old.


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